Extremism Analysis Unit

The request was refused by Home Office.

Dear Home Office,

I understand from comments made today by the Home Secretary that an extremism analysis unit within the Home Office is now "up and running". I would be obliged if you could now provide some further information on that unit.

1. What is the role of the unit? Is there a document setting out its remit - if so, could you please provide a copy?

2. Today's comments stated that the unit will "identify which individuals and organisations are extremist and should not be engaged with". Could you please provide more details as to what this entails? In particular, how will individuals and groups be referred to the unit, with whom will these determinations be shared and what effect (legal or other) will they have?

3. How will the extremism analysis unit engage with material hosted on the internet? Is it proposed to seek the removal or blocking of material determined to be extremist?

Yours faithfully,

TJ McIntyre

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Dear Mr McIntyre,

 

Please find attached the response to FOI 34839.

 

Kind regards

 

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Dear Home Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of the Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Extremism Analysis Unit'.

Question 1

As regards question 1 the response misapplies section 35(1). The Home Secretary's speech on 23 March 2015 makes it clear that the Extremism Analysis Unit "is already up and running". The request therefore relates to the implementation rather than formulation of policy. I note in particular that the response has not attempted to label the current work of the Unit as a pilot scheme. The assertion that "divulging to the general public how the Unit operates at present would be pre-emptive of decisions still to be made by Ministers" is a non-sequitur. It is always the case that policy might be changed in future. This does not, however, entitle the withholding of information regarding the implementation of existing policy.

The response to question 1 also refers to section 23(5). However it does not attempt to provide any explanation as to why a document on the role of the Unit should contain any information of the sort referred to in that section. It is inherently implausible that a document setting out the function of an administrative unit should contain information supplied by security bodies.

Question 2

As regards question 2, it is extremely surprising that there is no recorded information regarding what appear to be basic matters regarding the work of the Unit. In addition, the response does not address the most important aspect of the question i.e. "with whom will these determinations be shared and what effect (legal or other) will they have?" There must be some documentation in place regarding the sharing of information by the Unit and the effect which decisions of the Unit are intended to have, and I ask that you reassess this.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Dr TJ McIntyre

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Dear Dr McIntyre,

 

Please see the attached reply to your request for an internal review into
the handling of 34839

 

Regards

 

Brian Dorrington

Information Rights Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office | 2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

 

 

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