Sunday, June 29, 2008
The Sunday Mirror reports that Scotland Yard and United Kingdom security services are investigating 25 charities that apparently raise funds in the UK and may support terrorist training camps and attacks. Eight of the charities have ties to the 7/7 (2005) London bombings that killed 52 people and another three to a failed plot to blow up several airplanes. The article does not identify any of the charities under investigation, but the New York Times in an August 14, 2006 article identified one of the latter charities as Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, a Pakistani-based charity active in the mosques of Britain's largest cities.
The UK government has taken significant steps to protect the charitable sector from being used to support terrorism, as detailed in "consultation" documents issued last year, and according to a recent news report the Charity Commission plans to issue counter-terrorism guidelines later this year. The Charity Commission already issued, in August 2007, "operational guidance" on how it will handle cases where it suspects a terrorist organization is involved.