Instances like this breed mistrust between Communities and the majority feel threatened,naturally.
When thy voice their fears it is called non-secular and Islamophobia and Racial profiling if the authorities keep a tight watch over the community’
“The policemen lost their jobs when their security clearance was revoked by senior officers after checks were carried out because of fears of “sleepers” in the ranks.
The Sunday Telegraph can also disclose today the identity of one of the policemen suspected of being at a terror camp in 2001.
His lawyers say he has never been questioned, arrested or charged under terrorism legislation.
Scotland Yard submitted in legal documents that it acted against Mr Rahman “for the purpose of safeguarding national and public security”. A source familiar with the case said there were either one or two other officers who had also lost their jobs because of MI5’s suspicion that they might have trained as terrorists.
“There was concern that these people had come into the force under false pretences,” the senior Metropolitan Police source said. “There were two or three cases at the same time that were of a similar nature, where there were concerns about potential terrorist links.”
The development raises concerns about the ease with which potential terrorists might infiltrate the police and compromise national security.
It is believed that Mr Rahman’s clearance was revoked as part of a root-and-branch security review carried out by MI5 after the July 7, 2005 terrorist attack, and the subsequent failed July 21 bombings.
The fact that he was under MI5 suspicion was disclosed in court documents made public as he fights a lengthy legal case over his departure from the force.
The case is so sensitive that it is being heard by a security-vetted judge.
Mr Rahman, a Muslim who was born in Bangladesh before being raised in London and becoming a British citizen, does not dispute that he went to Pakistan in 2001.
However, his lawyers say he has been “tangled up” in national security legislation.
Mr Rahman became a probationary constable in the Metropolitan Police in September 2003 then attended Hendon Police College, completing his initial training in March 2004.
His passing out parade, at Hendon, was reviewed by the former Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, who at the time was Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer.
As part of his recruitment Mr Rahman underwent a process of security vetting known as a counter-terrorist check (CTC).
However, his security clearance was suspended on June 22, 2006. He was interviewed three times — most probably by counter-terrorism officers — in the following months.
In November 2006 he was told by Det Chief Supt Robert Sait — a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police’s specialist operations directorate, which includes the counter-terrorism command — that his CTC vetting clearance had been revoked.
Mr Rahman was told that he had an internal right of appeal against the decision, which he decided to exercise.
A week before the appeal hearing in June 2007 he was told that if the hearing confirmed the removal of his CTC clearance he was likely to be dismissed.