Guardian Columnist Islamic Extremist

The Guardian is standing by columnist Dilpazier Aslam even after revelations that he is a member of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Moreover, they allowed him to write on the London bombings without disclosing that affiliation.

‘Guardian’ man revealed as hardline Islamist (Independent)

The Guardian newspaper is refusing to sack one of its staff reporters despite confirming that he is a member of one of Britain’s most extreme Islamist groups. Dilpazier Aslam, who has been allowed to report on the London bombings from Leeds and was also given space to write a column in last Wednesday’s edition of The Guardian, is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical world organisation which seeks to form a global Islamic state regulated by sharia law.

It is understood that staff at The Guardian were unaware that Mr Aslam was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir until allegations surfaced on “The Daily Ablution”, a blog run by Scott Burgess. Speculation is mounting that it may have been a sting by Hizb ut-Tahrir to infiltrate the mainstream media.

Late on Friday The Guardian released a statement to The Independent on Sunday saying: “Dilpazier Aslam is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organisation which is legal in this country. We are keeping the matter under review.” The paper refused to comment further.

In 2001 Mr Aslam wrote in the group’s in-house journal, Khilafah, that: “The establishment of Khilafah [an Islamic state] is our only solution, to fight fire with fire, the state of Israel versus the Khilafah State”.

The day after it was revealed that the London bombers were British, Mr Aslam wrote a column in which he billed himself as “a Yorkshire lad born and bred”. In the piece, he suggested that second- and third-generation British Muslims were prepared to “rock the boat” and that agitation against British foreign policy would build up “till it can be contained no more”.

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Sources in The Guardian said that Mr Aslam was employed to increase ethnic diversity within the newsroom under The Guardian’s one-year traineeship scheme. One source said: “There was a feeling that we genuinely wanted more diversity, and like all national newspapers we were still a bit ‘pale and male’ so we were keen to recruit from different backgrounds.”

Lovely.

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Comments

  1. Hal says:

    Yea, almost like having someone in the President’s administration burning a CIA NOC WMD operative during wartime.

    Oh wait a minute.

  2. Meezer says:

    According to my expertise on all matters of SuperSecretSpy stuff, your undercover agent goes to headquarters through the back wall of a neighborhood dry cleaner, not the *front door* of a building that says “CIA” on it.

  3. Hal says:

    I believe you’re getting your information off of the bathroom walls of the RNC headquarters.