29 March 2005
Stop and search figures showed the numbers of Asians targeted by the police has risen by 300% since the introduction of ‘anti-terror’ laws.
The threat is most likely to come from those people associated with an extreme form of Islam, or who are falsely hiding behind Islam.
If a threat is from a particular place then our action is going to be targeted at that area.
It means that some of our counter-terrorism powers will be disproportionately experienced by the Muslim community.
It was a reality that should be recognized. – Home Office minister Hazel Blears