Salman Butt poses for a portrait in east London, Britain August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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U.K. faces legal issue over strategy to stop radicalsTo his detractors, including the British government, Salman Butt is an extremist whose views on Islam fly in the face of Britain's values and help foster an atmosphere where young Muslims can be radicalized by militants. One main obstacle is who decides who or what is extremist.Butt said the accusations against him were "complete rubbish," and is now taking legal action to challenge the government's way of identifying extremists and its "Prevent" strategy, its much-criticized policy to stop radicalization.David Anderson, Britain's terrorism law watchdog, has warned that plans to clamp down on individuals and organizations accused of extremism could backfire by playing into the hands of militant recruiters.But those who back the government's intent say allowing extremists free rein in public forums or at universities exposes vulnerable people to their messages.
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