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The New Al-Qaeda part 1: Your comments
Reporter Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor's three part series investigates the new al-Qaeda which has emerged in the aftermath of 9/11 and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. It examines what is known about the nature and the extent of the threat posed to the West.

You can read your comments about the first programme in the series,, which explores the use of the internet.

The views expressed on these pages are not necessarily the views of the BBC. The e-mails published reflect the balance of opinion received.

Your comments:

I found last night's episode deeply distressing. To see British and American troops killed was disturbing. Mr al-Massari is a despicable man and I am amazed that British laws are not in place to prevent this man distributing such vile images on the internet. It is men such as he that proliferate and encourage misery and harm for British citizens now exposed to terrorism. Surely the British government are aware of his actions and must stop him promoting terrorism against the country he resides in.
AR, Surrey, London

I think the police and British government need to go down hard on terrorists and deport them from the country.
John, Nottingham

The internet allows terrorists to communicate worldwide therefore fuelling their ability to succeed. The government should now start to seriously think of adopting a strategy to prevent internet abuse. Licensing the internet could help prevent this. If a person has previous convictions related to internet abuse they should be unable to obtain a licence and their property blacklisted for internet connection. Therefore internet cafes/libraries etc should only allow internet use to licence holders. This would effect all areas of internet abuse including child pornography whereby any convicted paedophiles would be unable to use the internet by law.
Kieren, Newcastle upon Tyne

Having watched your very interesting programme it seems to me that the whole war/terrorism issue and not only relating to al-Qaeda) is male dominated. There is a distinct lack of any female decision-making input either on the side of the terrorists or indeed in the responses of the targeted countries' governments, to create a healthy balance.
Mary, Halifax, Yorks

I thought it was a thoroughly researched and very interesting programme that highlighted the somewhat unbelievable phenomenon of Londonistan. However I do feel that the central point regarding al-Qaeda was missed yet again. Al-Qaeda today is an ideology and not a group. If some "mastermind" were to be found behind the London and Egypt bombings (which I doubt) then this would be wholly against the trend of recent times. For sure they were influenced by the al-Qaeda ideology, but probably had nothing or very little to do with any al-Qaeda personnel. But this highlights another problem: currently there is (literally) no adequate literature available to discuss al-Qaeda. How does one define a terrorist as al-Qaeda? Was in Afghanistan? Met Bin Laden? Because the government says so...?
David Roberts, Nott, UK

I think the programme did very well in putting forwards the point that Iraq is not the cause of the recent bombing activities, here in London as with elsewhere. Terrorists seek to impose their minority views onto the majority of the people. Their only hope of doing so, is to use violence. It is clear that an agenda has been in place for years prior to Iraq. That agenda is being played out the only way they know how - and it is up to the people to stand firm. I have no issues with my neighbours, whoever they may be. But I do not want neighbours who plot to kill and maim. Time for those neighbours to relocate to some other country, where they are welcome.
Becky Barrett, London

A very revealing programme. You can see how the terror is generated, in terms of the US's foreign policy, and Britain's support for it. A war against insurgents can also never be won. Refusing to back the US any more does not equate to giving in to terrorists.
Mark Hughes, Walsall, UK

A truly startling piece of journalism. This programme should have been compulsory viewing for all those in the West who think that their governments are making this stuff up. Having viewed many Jihad websites since 7/7, I am convinced that we in the West are in the fight of our lives, and this excellent documentary has confirmed all of my worst fears with regards to Jihadist's here in the UK. Forming a reasonable response to a completely unreasonable enemy is possibly one of the hardest tasks our democratic country will ever face.
Roger, Whitwick, England

Biased rubbish! typical BBC drivel... no doubt it will sell well in the US.
R Copper, UK

I was horrified to learn that this was going on in Britain, Why are these people allowed to get away with this kind of thing. What are the authorities doing to stop this in our country
Sue Hammond, Telford Shropshire

Webmasters throughout the world should be required by international law to prohibit the use of their websites for transmission of any material inciting violence of any kind but particularly that vomited by al-Qaeda. Any breach should be dealt with by international agreement and the offending webmasters dealt with by considering them as terrorists themselves. Furthermore, If terrorists wish to die for their cause then help them to do so by reinstating the death penalty.
F. R. Charles, Wigan, Greater Manchester

Very interesting programme. I'm trying to make comments without being extremist. It is not a question of how to deal with Muslims already engaged in terrorism today, that is for the security forces to deal with in their own way now. I see a bigger problem as how to deal with Muslims who live in Western countries who incite the next generation of terrorists and how to kerb this without infringeing the rights of people to differ in opinion and question government policy, which is right and proper? Some of the clips in the programme of Muslims saying that Muslims should kill British and American soldiers was intolerable. Deportation comes to mind but if they are British where to? The other thought is a definition of treason and can treason be defined as a verbal opinion? After looking at the options through my limited knowledge of the subject is that if ANYBODY - Muslims or OTHER persons verbally inciting the killing of other British nationals, especially soldiers, government or people in authority, should be an act of treason and dealt with accordingly
Darren, Rochdale, Lancashire

I thought the programme was really interesting. The presenting was fantastic, especially the way questions were asked. As a young British Muslim, I found it an eye-opener that Muslims openly can post videos such as beheadings on the net. However, I do think that people do need to see such things in order to be made aware of issues going on in the world.
Sam Khan, Manchester, UK

A very poor programme with little in the way of explanation of why, rather than how, we have come to this situation. Ridiculous use of shaky camera images to heighten effect made a mockery of the serious nature of the subject matter.
Andy B, Liverpool, United Kingdom

It is evident from this programme that unfortunately the 'war on terrorism' is slowly but surely slipping out of control. Leaders like Bush and Blair have a false belief that the way to control terrorism is through policing and the media. The truth is that the only real way to defeat terrorism, which all civilised people believe must be defeated in all its forms, is through honesty and sincere foreign policies, not falsifying or editing the information fed through to their home populations. In the world of satellite TV and the internet, the truth sees no geographic boundaries or cultures, it is time for Western governments to be honest and genuinely try to resolve the issues in the world.
Zafar Ali, Huddersfield

Whereas The Power of Nightmares provided an informative, intelligent analysis of the current Islamist threat and its origins, this was nothing more than dumbed-down terror-porn masquerading as insightful documentary. No amount of "edgy" camera angles could disguise the fact that the majority of the programme was taken up with tabloid-style stating of the obvious (wow, who'd have thought that bad people sometimes use the internet too?). Taylor's unquestioning interviews with US military officials and self-proclaimed security experts never challenged any of their assertions. A year to research? I could have come up with a more informative documentary in a week.
David Robertson, London, UK

Most British Muslims haven't ever heard or have any sympathies with people like al-Massari. The programme tried to demonise and misrepresent Muslims as a whole. Muslims are not a homogeneous community just like any other. The programme tried to inculcate a fear in the hearts and minds of ordinary British people about a enemy within. This was reinforced by the use of clever camera tactics. The take home message was that terrorists use the internet as well for their own purposes just like paedophiles, drug gangs etc..
Asif, London, UK

A very interesting programme. I am proud that Britain has (like the States) been a sanctuary for persecuted communities. I am disappointed however that the very democracry and tolerance that has rightly welcomed such migrants has been abused by a minority. The majority of migrants have strengthened our society. The issue of integration has been fudged because it's difficult. We now have a small but vocal minority of migrants (Muslim in this case) who do not identify with the country they reside in and an almost romatic ideal of distant regimes that seem preferable from the comfort of Western democracy which allows them to hold these views!

We should reassert traditional British values of mutual respect and tolerance making integration a condition - not an option. This would ensure that mutual understanding exists discouraging a sense of any section of our population being disenfranchised. Furthermore a British version of the US Patriot Act without delay. I would gladly sacrifice some personal freedom to protect our society. The PM of Pakistan and the Saudi Ambasador have both (rightly) criticised Britain for being a haven for undesirables - some of whom were interviewed in tonight's programme. They have no place here. When I look at the individual pictures of those who were murdered on 7th July we owe it to them to act promptly.
Simon H, Teddington, England

The programme failed to explore the fact that the media and Internet also unwittingly promotes violent Jihad in another way. Coverage of America's bombing of Iraq and its so called "Shock and Awe" campaign could potentially encourage young Muslims to turn to violent forms of jihad. The way the media depicts the deaths of innocent Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan is disgraceful; Muslims bombed and maimed by Americans are portrayed as collateral damage and this makes Muslims in the West angry. Very little airtime is given to the tens of thousands of innocent civilians killed.
Naadir Akhtar, Purley, Surrey

I thought this was a highly irresponsible piece of television to put out in the current climate. I am a white, middle-class Londoner with a disgust for al-Qaeda and the actions in London over the past few weeks but even I could see that there was a severe lack of a Muslim voice in this programme. At a time when the BNP is cashing in on the idea that all followers of Islam are terrorists, this kind of highly conservative, pro-patriot act discussion is not what we need. Of course the internet is a powerful tool in the hands of extremists and that needs attention, but it should be attention from all sides, NOT simply the white middle-class experts and US military. Disappointing.
Iain Kitching, London, UK

Although most deplore fundamental terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam, unfortunately this emerging form of terror is emanating from the deeds of the West in previous decades: the war on communism and Afghanistan, the transfer of Palestine to other hands in 1948. There is no legacy of Islamic terrorism before the invasion of Lebanon and Afghanstan. There is hardly any trace of this terrorism before 1948. Should we agree with the Mayor of London that all started with WW1 and the betrayal of the Arabs? Impartial historians should be able to answer this. In the meantime the world should start to remedy the mistakes of the colonial era in order to curb terrorism before it gets out of hand.
Nizar Abboud, United Kingdom

Excellent, but frightening documentary. It shows just how helpless the British Government is in dealing with the likes of such undesirables as Mohammed Al-Masari, as well as that horde of revolting Islamist bullies who had invaded the Mosque in London in the film. Until our laws are revised so that these individuals can be either deported or locked away for a very long time, the trendy and totally misguided liberal types should remember what happened in London on the 7th July, as it could be them next.
Dr Colin Hall, Birmingham - UK

I have watched your fantastic programme and it wasn't till it had finished that I realised I had been holding my breath. Why are these people allowed to get away with it - I am totally bemused at their total arrogance that they are right and we are wrong - although I work in the City of London and maintain I am not afraid I am beginning to think that may be I should be!
Lee Sloan, Belvedere, Kent, England

I am dismayed and surprised by this programme tonight. I take my hat off to Peter Taylor for his uncompromising presentation. My question is - given the seriousness of this issue - why can we not close down all the cyber cafes in this country and private internet access, leaving just business addresses which could be policed by internal units in the same way they currently are? We clearly now have potentially millions of people living in our country who wish us harm. We have to take action before this problem becomes overwhelming.
Darren Thomas, Haverfordwest, Wales

I think a secret police should be formed, which could deal with such matters as terrorism, where the public are not told what is going on. I am aware that this already exists to a degree, but it should be far more ruthless, and extremely covert. The public always come up with stupid comments when the police are involved, what ever they do.
James, Bedfordshire

I found myself deeply effected by the program. As someone working in the IT industry, I fully understand the internet technologies could be exploited to provide secure communications for terror organisations. I also believe they could be used even more effectively than has been suggested by the documentary, to the extent that the security services may not ever be able to catch the London Bombers. I cannot help but think that myself and others in my industry should be doing something about this situation, as technology specialists within terror organisations are doubtless working against the UK on a daily basis.
David, London, UK

It breaks my heart that I spent many years working for a human rights organisation, helping create the freedom for people under threat of torture in their own countries to become refugees in the UK - and now to see that many of them hate British people and care more for people in an entirely unknown country to them simply because of their religion. I was very angry about Blair taking us to war in Iraq and I have been very angry for years about the way Israelis treat Palestinians, but this hasn't turned me into an extremist who wants to kill civilians just because of their colour and the society from which they come (this is the ultimate racism. I think the whole nation is having second thoughts about the idea of multiculturism being good - allowing separate communities not to adapt to the larger society inevitably leads to the destruction of the very society that welcomed it in the first place.
Paula, Brighton

It has been very clear for a long time that this country desperately needs a much stronger government to root out and destroy these religious maniacs. The time for a "soft approach" has long passed. When oh when will we get some strong decisive action? Also I wonder whether the ordinary computer operator can play some role in surveillance on the net. I would be the first volunteer. Good programme .
John Wingfield, Liphook, UK

As the descendent of a Palestinian Grandfather and an Israeli Grandmother I am desperately hoping for an Islamic Ghandi to emerge. I too feel anger and fury at the plight of Muslims today. Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya bring tears to my eyes yet do not seem to move those around me. Nonetheless the killing of people is not the way forward. Have any of the recent bombings helped the Islamic cause or have they just increased hatred towards the Islamic community and religion. Words should be the tools used, not explosives. By bringing death the message that one wishes to convey is drowned out by the horror and a justification is handed to those who refuse to listen. How can one criticise killing and violence against one's own people and yet do it to another people? This is hypocrisy and undermines any argument.
Dawn, London

It was a great programme; very educational in terms of strategic warfare. What really surprised and disappointed me was the double standard. I am a British Muslim. I do know these websites exist. I do know there are horrific pictures of brutality in these websites and I also know that media companies such as NBC, CNN, ABC etc shows worse pictures of gunship helicopters shooting humans on the ground whose identity is unknown; whether they are civilians or combatants. In both cases they should not show these images, which is an inspiration for young Muslims to take revenge in the form of 7/7 bombing of London.
Zargai Manan, London, UK

Watched the programme tonight with great interest. I was disappointed that the programme didn't consist of a moderate Muslim voice in all of this and therefore just mere propaganda and effectively a recruitment video for the likes of which the programme is based upon. As a British Muslim I found Al-Massari's comments very disturbing. During a Jihad conflict uprooting trees is strictly forbidden, this goes without saying about the beheadings which is strictly forbidden. So then to do it in the name of the faith is a further disgrace. The final comment by the ex-CIA guy hit the nail on the head that it's the foreign policy is fuelling all of this. The American public is being kept in the dark, pushing out propaganda that it's the American way of life/freedom which is a problem and at stake against the terrorists.
A. Khan, London

Great programme. What constitues a terrorist attack is an important issue that should be raised. The use of the web to inspire jihadists was thoroughly explained, but it was often followed by condemnation. Although I wish no harm to British and American troops in Iraq or elsewhere, the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary, unjustified and illegal. Good intentions or not, our forces are aggressive occupiers of Muslim soil. They are 'crusaders' so to speak. The Muslim community has a legitimate right to condemn the occupation, and they also have a legitimate right to travel to Iraq to resist the occupation. The first steps to defeating the extremists is to expel the misconceptions surrounding terrorism. Tony Blair stating that they follow 'an evil ideology' is only playing into the extremists hands. Instead of defending thier poor policies, they need to tell it like it is.
Jon Nugent, Liverpool, England

In relation to the extremists living in the UK, why are they here, if all they want to do is spread hatred, and have domination within the UK and around the world. I am not a racist, far from it, but why do we as true British Citizens, black, Asian or white, have to put up with people like this living in what I call our country. Our grandfathers fought for this country to be free from Nazi rule. Why have we let Britain go this way.
Emma, Northampton

A fascinating documentary that unfortunately made its most relevant point just seconds before the end; that we must understand the root causes of the anger of those that sympathise with Al-Qaeda before we can defeat them. That saying that "they hate our way of life" or they "want to destroy our freedom" only makes things worse. They hate the West because we have killed tens of thousands in a war based on lies in Iraq, because we have done nothing to stop the illegal occupation of Palestine or Russian atrocities in Chechnya.

The film also failed to mention that radical Islamic websites also show footage of dead Muslim men, women and children, killed by Allied forces in Iraq or Israeli forces in Palestine. Surely that is as much of a recruiting tool as footage of suicide bombs? And it is for that reason that Voltaire's famous quote rang in my head as I watched tonight's program: "I may despise what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" because if George Bush and Tony Blair can stop these despicable websites, what will they stop next? And before we know it will we be left with a view of the world as they would have us see it? Endless Fox News or Sun front pages? I find that scarier than some of the websites shown tonight!
Andy Martyr-Icke, Evesham, UK

The actual ideology is what separates the al-Qaeda network from isolated groups. al-Qaeda is a fascist movement recruiting in mosques the same way Nazis recruited in beer halls, by speaking the vernacular of the community, and their ideology is very similar: 1) a cult of redemption and retribution for a victim people, 2) progress through warfare alone, 3) a vision of complete male autocracy like that imagined in an ancient 'golden age', 4) intolerance of 'impure' peoples, intended for slaughter, 5) expansionism, with neighboring states subsumed in a confederation of like autocracies. Proper understanding of this movement and its aims may help to avoid misidentifying other groups as enemies and to avoid mistakes like those in the 1920's and 1930's.
Richard Reed, London, UK

I cannot express my anger strongly enough at some of the medieval voices I heard on tonight's show. The views of these "people" make me despair, how can they take the moral/religious high ground when it comes to the slaughter of innocents anywhere in the world. A very sad indictment of the "religion of peace", an expression I am starting to have difficulty in believing.
Richard Sutherland, Reading

I started to watch the programme made by Peter Taylor at 9.00pm. For the first time in my 62 years I had to switch off because I was so frightened, my heart was pounding and I felt extremely sick. I cannot, and will never, understand how some of the people shown on this programme are allowed to live in this country, use the internet to incite hatred of the British people, and show the most appalling videos on the internet of both our soldiers and those of our allies being murdered in this way. I felt so strongly about this I immediately went on to the Home Office website and left an email for them. I fear for the future of my children and for my grandchildren. I also fear for the state of mind of the ethnic community's children and grandchildren. These websites and the people associated with them show nothing but hatred whilst we do not. They are taking advantage of our fought for freedoms and our open arms to everyone. I despair.
Mrs Gillian Wood, Nr Birmingham, United Kingdom

I can only imagine the furore if someone in this country had websites up and running and showing footage of Muslims being beheaded! It simply would not be tolerated. What on earth are the government doing allowing this despicable man to operate, quite unbelievable.
Andrew Luscombe, Kingsbridge, Devon, England

A very interesting programme indeed. I am astonished that more is not being done by the British government to eradicate the threat posed by some of the people featured in the programme. Surely the moderate Muslim community can somehow control these extremists that walk the streets of Britain and curb the activities of the website controllers. Those who take part in any activity connected with terrorism should be extradited to their country of birth. That way our human rights are preserved as one more potential suicide bomber is removed from the streets.
Greg Way, Plymouth, Devon

Surely enough racial hatred has been raised over the past few weeks without showing what is a minor slice of some naive citizens. I am of mixed race, and am outraged as to how naive many of our citizens are, and think that anyone with a black face is a terrorist. We should be trying to heal as a nation not split us further apart.
Eloise, Leeds, UK

A fascinating programme, but the ending was too glib. The terrorism inherent in extremist Islam comes from a desire to impose a worldwide Caliphate, not because of Western policies. Islamic extremists have killed tens of thousands of non-Muslim civilians in Indonesia and Africa as well as moderate Muslims in Islamic countries such as Algeria. These have nothing to do with the West.
Robin Stamler, London, UK

I think it's ridiculous how these Muslim extremists use violence to get their point across. Just because other people don't share their point of view, they go around killing innocent babies. How courageous? The majority of Muslims as well as Christians are good, law abiding citizens. I don't agree with the British national party or these Muslim extremist groups. The world is free and you are who you choose to be and you should accept what others choose to be. It's obvious these groups don't want anything else but Muslims in the world. They are like modern day Nazis who wanted only Germans in the world. Something has to be done before more innocent people lose their lives. Just because someone isn't a Muslim doesn't make them a bad person. I believe in freedom of religion. I choose to be Christian. Does that make me an evil person? To be a Muslim does not make someone evil. What is evil is trying to force your beliefs on others, no matter the method even if it is violence. That is what's evil. I don't respect these groups for preaching their beliefs and hiding their faces while they're doing it. That's not brave, it just shows them for the cowards that they are.
Michelle, Paisley, UK

Well I'm a Muslim and follow the fundamentals of Islam and proud to be a Muslim fundamentalist, just as a Christian cannot be a good Christian if he doesn't follow the fundamentals of Christianity. But in this programme you label a Muslim fundamentalist as a terrorist which is unacceptable and misguiding.
Ali, London

The American Magistrate lady said "a little bit of torture goes a long way if it prevents other things happening". Is that not exactly the same motive that fuels these jihadists? Ultimately the source of grievance must be addressed, not because this is capitulation, but because it is just and right.
Abdurahman Jafar, London, UK

This just show's how much we need new laws in this country to tackle this threat. We are letting people in this country push the killing of our own soldiers. The lunacy of the law not allowing these people to be deported to other countries in case they are harmed is pure madness. We are turning into a liberal joke.
Alex Robinson, Hull England

This programme was not the quality broadcasting I expect from the BBC. One-sided, pro-American and patronising. So terrorists use the internet? This I am sure does not come as a shock to anyone. Whilst I deplore any kind of terrorism, it will never be defeated until it is understood. What many Westerners cannot understand is why we are under attack. America has been applying its own kind of terrorism in order to maintain its role as 'superpower' of the world and many innocent have died at their hands. This programme failed to explore in any real depth why and sadly I feel only succeeded in confirming many viewers fears about the 'enemy within'.
Gemma Lock, Telford, Shropshire

We can see what years of pandering to the multiculturalism agenda has achieved. Fanatical Muslims exploding bombs on our underground system committing mass murder, while their relatives are free to reside in the UK some at the taxpayers' expense. The Muslims protesting at the Regents Park mosque are deluding themselves if they think they are going to take over England. It makes my blood boil that they take advantage of the Western way of life and privileges and then rejoice in killing UK citizens. They are free to get the next plane to Afghanistan or Pakistan and take their families with them.
Marcus, London

If a person is in this country, granted access, he or she should follow its code and culture in respect. I believe in free speech, but when found to be promoting and inciting an attack against our country on its own turf or people they should be tried for treason. Simple as that.
EB, Rickmansworth, UK

Great programme. Thanks. Very interesting. I look forward to the rest of the series. However, I found the way the images were filmed and edited really off-putting. I could not watch the screen and had to look away and could only listen. The waving camera zooming in and out, focussing in and out, rapidly jumping cuts from one small point to another made me feel nauseous. A real pity as it ruined my concentration to the point where I found it best to look at the ceiling rather than the television
Chris Richardson, Hedon UK

I must say that the programme gave a good insight into how they organise and plot the terrorism. Firstly it underlines the world will get worse before it gets better. The REAL peaceful Muslims MUST NOW (before it's too late) help fight the war on terror and not just condemn the terrorism.
Ricky Simon, London, UK

An incredibly biased piece of government propaganda. Typically emotive sections concerning beheadings and other repulsive viewing designed purely to rid the casual viewer of their proper faculties. Usual blurring of distinctions such as terrorist training camps and nationalist ones etc...
Nelson, Chester

My blood is boiling after watching that program. How can there be people out there that are so sick. To try and say that killing people is right shows the mind set and the lack of any integrity and how ill they are. I can not imagine there is anywhere the Koran says kill people, show killing people! What to do anything to help fight against these sick, sick people. Surely people can end their sick site, I have had enough viruses on my computer, surely if they want to spread such evil, viruses can counter?
Michael Jenkins, Leicester, England

What an absolutely ridiculous comment at the end of tonight's program. Are you naive or just on the side of the terrorists. It is ridiculous to say that Islamic terrorism is down to Western policies in Islamic countries. Everyone with an ounce of sense knows that they will not stop until they have turned the whole world Muslim. That is their one mission in life.
Laura, Yorkshire, England

A very powerful piece of film, one of the best and most terrifying thing I will see all year. Thank you Peter Taylor for providing this view. Can't wait for the next one.
Simon Power, London

I would like to know if the lady magistrate in your programme intends to run courses to teach others how to weed out potential/actual terrorists. Perhaps more women would like to help.
Angela Hill, Chelmsford UK

I for one have no problem with the government reading my e-mails. If you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of!. All of the liberals who go on about freedom of speech don't realise that that is the whole problem. "Freedom of speech" is what allows these twisted people to recruit young people to their cause. I AM NOT AFRAID
Scott Palmer, Belfast, UK

How come we the West continue to believe that we can be the world's policemen and then pre-emptively strike against the Iraqi regime on a blatant lie and then think that we should not be attacked on the homeland. This idea is just pure ignorance and we call ourselves civilised people. We declared war, and war means war. Law in war is rubbish. War is he who loses the most men is the loser not I hit you, you stand still and then I'll hit you again and you must still stand still. This idea is a joke.
PS: I am not a Muslim either!
Keeron F, Wolverhampton

Insightful documentary. The people of the West need to understand that we are not dealing with an underclass of ill educated people but a sophisticated operation. The media are the largest problem in this generally promoting that there are extremists and moderates and nothing in between. Still no one talks about the debate over Palestine but instead dismisses all grievances as radical fundamentalism
Andrew, Leeds

Its amazing to think that in today's climate, and with the ever growing scale of terror attacks in the world today that people are able to legally host and distribute the material showing people being killed as detailed in tonight's program. I find it sickening that this is allowed and amazed that the law allows it. The law is an ass. No-one's death should be communicated or paraded in this way be it a soldier, a civilian, a hostage, a terrorist or a murderer. No-one.
Andy, Colchester, UK

I fail to understand why we continue to support Muslims in this country who do not want to be part of Western society but still live and work with us. Seeing British Muslims on television talking of jihad and taking over this country and the United States angers me but also fills me with despair that we as citizens are powerless to stop the continued threat that is upon us.
Bob, Wakefield

Scary, especially as it appears to be an uncontrollable threat that seems to be getting worse.
Mike, Birmingham, UK

I'm a webmaster and know about 'GeoIP' facilities on webservers which enables a webserver to determine which country a person is connecting to the internet from. If the various routers throughout the world had similar GeoIP facilities, then certain countries could be barred from accessing the internet, and thus put a stop to this 'internet university' for terrorists.
Paul, UK

Why does the UK government allow preachers of hate to demonstrate and glorify the death of innocent British and American servicemen in public, but prosecute Nick Griffin of the BNP for making comments which are deemed as stirring up racial hatred, it seems like its one rule for the British and another for the Muslim preachers of hate.
Paul B, Darlington U.K

A grim but accurate assessment of the war on terror, that basically we are losing so long as we continue to kid ourselves that our foreign policy for the majority of the Twentieth Century has nothing to do with hostile actions against us. Until we acknowledge this, we do not have the measure of our enemy.
Paul, London, UK

A truly startling piece of journalism. This programme should have been compulsory viewing for all those in the West who think that their Governments are making this stuff up. Having viewed many Jihad websites since 7/7, I am convinced that we in the West are in the fight of our lives, & this excellent documentary has confirmed all of my worst fears with regards to Jihadists here in the UK. Forming a reasonable response to a completely unreasonable enemy is possibly one of the hardest tasks our democratic country will ever face.
Roger, Whitwick England

I have to say this programme was just propaganda voicing the US governments desires and wishes. For example, there is total concentration on the fact that so called Jihadis are trying to fight America, yet there is no real explanation of why they want to fight the US. He also brushed over the fact that the US illegally has invaded and occupied 2 countries, and actually justified it. Not to mention the constant meddling by US foreign policy in Muslim countries including overthrowing of elected governments. A trashy load of propaganda nothing more.
Jack Bernstein, London

This programme was full of lies and half truths and strongly anti-Islamic. I am NOT Islamic and do not share the fundamentalist views. I will however fight for them to have their views even if they strongly disagree with mine. The programme was very one-sided and would only have hardened the attitude of those disaffected by Western politics and media. This was blatant propaganda not investigative journalism.
Marie Griffiths, Bracknell, UK

Very disappointing! Ridiculous use of jerky shooting technique and intrusive music effects. Failure to analyse in any depth and distinguish between terrorism, insurgency, resistance and imperial aggression. Programmes like this contribute little to such an important debate and further polarise and radicalise people on both sides.
Andrew, London, England

I was shocked to see the confidence of the man who openly posted such vile material on his website. We have been too soft for too long in this country and it really is time "to get our house in order" before blaming Pakistan when we are clearly turning such a blind eye in our own country.
Charlotte Gaynor, London, UK

An excellent program tonight with the wisest words I have heard about the whole war on terror delivered in the closing statement. "Those to whom evil is done do evil in return". Terrorism is never just, but it is understandable.
Alex, Reading

There is no all.... full stop. The sooner people realise that the better whether you be a christian jew or muslim (lower case intentional), you are wasting your time and letting other people rule your life. OK we can have common values, these are pretty well defined and are relative according to wealth. Grow up.
Paul Anderson, Guildford

Another very balanced documentary from Peter Taylor. The comment from the gentleman at the end concerning America not winning until it understands the situation should be well listened to by Mr Blair.
Kevin, Derry

Very well researched, well informed and gripping. I was impressed by the clear analysis and look forwards to the other two parts.
Lilith, London, UK

A very revealing programme which debunks the nonsensical and head-in-the-sand Power of Nightmares series. Shame there was no mention of how Al Jazeera and other apparently respectable media organisations help to perpetuate and legitimise the jihadis' message.
Michael, London, UK

I find it difficult to comprehend that people like Mr Al Massari are able to remain at large in this country. I'm afraid that I do not believe in defending his right to say whatever he thinks with my life or the life of other innocent people. People who support Al-Qaeda, in word or deed, are equally responsible for the deaths in London on 7th July as the poor, deluded boys who were force-fed the rubbish from Mr Al Massari's website and committed the acts.
Gemma Quinlan, Pangbourne, Berks

I failed to see the point of the programme. The overwhelming message seemed to be that people were using the Internet, a tool built for open communications, as a tool for just that. To me it's missed the point completely.
David Beatty, Bristol, UK

I am appalled that a person such as Mohammed Al-Massari is allowed to continue to live in this country when he quite openly condones the activities of suicide bombers both in Iraq and the UK. Anybody who supports such vile and evil atrocities should be deported.
Sandra Stanley, Woodford Green, Essex

What an interesting programme this probably was. Unfortunately so badly was it filmed, so stupidly had the director "designed" the look that I was unable to watch more than the first 20 minutes before my head ache drove me away. Your reporter's research and hard work were ill served. The BBC should do far far better. Send the director to film school - or to pop videos where the result really does not matter.
Tim, Manchester, UK

If what the documentary has said is true, then Mohammed al-Massari has outstayed his welcome. he came to this country as a political refugee, but he has abused that status. There is not reason why even Amnesty International should back his claim as a refugee. He should be deported back to Saudi Arabia and justice forthwith.
Steve Blunden, UK

Just watching the Al-Qaeda programme. What the hell is that man who runs the videos of suicide bombings and decapitations doing in OUR country. Get rid of him - imprison him or dump in the middle of the Sahara. Better still bring back hanging! We are at war and we should take the fight to them. We should be rooting them out of our society as we would have the Germans in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. And anyone who supports them should be treated as a traitor!
Richard, Sheffield

The first programme in the series was barely one minute old and Peter Taylor was already misrepresenting Adam Curtis (The Power of Nightmares). Curtis has never expressed the view that terrorism is a nightmare "dreamt up by politicians to hold electorates in their thrall." He argued that the story being arranged for us (that of Al Qaeda being a well-disciplined, unified terrorist network with an organised capability and clear hierarchy) is demonstrably false. Taylor should immediately withdraw his straw man argument.
Stephen M. Birmingham, Liverpool, England

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