Peter Taylor investigates what Britain is doing to counter the threat of violent extremism. In 2010, 140 million pounds will be spent to win the battle for the hearts and minds of young Muslims, but the policy risks alienating many in Britain's Muslim communities. With unique access to a man who came face to face with Al-Qa'idah and the inside story of how police managed to thwart would-be suicide bombers, the programme examines the biggest single threat to national security.
Peter Taylor investigates the terrorist threat from young Muslim extremists radicalised on the internet. Generation Jihad is about young, radicalised Muslim men: the kind of men who like watching body parts fly on YouTube. When I say body parts, any nationality will do. It is a curious and repulsive kink of this particular group that it seems to get the same satisfaction from watching Palestinians being blown apart by Israelis as it does, say, American soldiers by Iraqis. In the first programme of the series (8 February), Taylor went north, to West Yorkshire, to talk to two men who, thanks to their fondness for gore tapes and al-Qaeda's nonsensical dribblings, had fallen foul of Britain's anti-terrorism laws. I'm not qualified to say whether they should indeed have served prison sentences for their activities. But they were loathsome: ignorant, boastful, utterly lacking in imagination or - and here's the irony, given their belief in the umma - any kind of empathy.