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ISIS Beheader 'Jihadi John' Joined ISIS Only After Years of Harassment by British Intel — Britain Responds With PR Blitz (Video)

Asim Qureshi of CAGE speaks about why Mohammed Emwazi—aka "Jihadi John"—joined ISIS.
Asim Qureshi of CAGE speaks about why Mohammed Emwazi—aka "Jihadi John"—joined ISIS.

British media responds with a propaganda blitz against Britain-based Muslim organization, CAGE:
CAGE: Important human rights group or apologists for terror?

As details emerged about the identity of "Jihadi John", the masked Islamic State militant pictured in several hostage videos, questions started to arise about Cage, the advocacy group that had been in close contact with the man now known to be called Mohammed Emwazi between 2009 and 2012.

Cage has caused controversy by suggesting that MI5 harassment could have contributed to the radicalisation of the Kuwaiti-born computer graduate who grew up in west London.

Human rights groups say they are doing "vital work" but critics have called the organisation "apologists for terror".

Cage describes itself as "an independent organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror" and has spoken out against the UK's anti-terrorism laws.

Cage said Mohammed Emwazi had sought their assistance after being interrogated by a British security official in the Netherlands following an attempted visit to Tanzania.

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the security services amid criticism that they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi from leaving the UK for Syria.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said accusations that the security services were at fault were "incredible".

He said: "It is beyond satire and amounts to nothing less than an apology for terror".
ord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of terror legislation for the government, said: "At the very least Cage are guilty of sloppy thinking and very unwise language.

"Before they can command any credibility from the wider community, they should make it clear that they reject the murder by ISIL of Christians and of Muslims who disagree with their views, and that they reject beheading and burning people alive.

"They should also give clear advice that joining ISIL constitutes a criminal act." 'Hypocrisy ferments extremism'

But the human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith defended the "vital" work of Cage and denied they are apologists for terrorism.

He said: "They do important work and the UK authorities need to understand that alienating moderate Muslims is the worst thing that could possibly be done at this time.
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