Two young British Muslims who have served short prison sentences for terrorism offenses have spoken frankly about their views to a new BBC documentary investigation into the extent of the radicalization of Muslims in the UK. The views of Rizwan Ditta and Bilal Mohammed, two young Muslims born and brought up in Britain, will be anathema to the vast majority of people including many British Muslims.
Both received prison sentences for possessing material likely to be useful to terrorists, most of it downloaded from the internet. They were sentenced to four and two years, respectively, were released last year and are now out on license with strict conditions. Both had pleaded guilty. Mohammed has the dubious distinction of being the first to be convicted under the new offense of glorifying terrorism.
Both of them are unrepentant. Mohammed says that he was welcomed home with flowers and presents. He claims that none of the Muslim community views him as a terrorist.