10 August 2006

A new round of anti-terror legislation is on the way

Today's Guardian tells us that Home Secretary John Reid, "hints at more (anti-terrorist) legislation to come ":

"John Reid yesterday accused the government's anti-terror critics of putting national security at risk by their failure to recognise the serious nature of the threat facing Britain. "They just don't get it," he said.

"Sometimes we may have to modify some of our own freedoms in the short term in order to prevent their misuse and abuse by those who oppose our fundamental values and would destroy all of our freedoms in the modern world," he said.

Mr Reid said Britain was now facing "probably the most sustained period of severe threat since the end of the second world war" and that the country was facing a new breed of ruthless "unconstrained international terrorists".

The European human rights convention had been drawn up 50 years ago to protect against fascist states but now the threat came from "fascist individuals" unconstrained by such conventions, agreements or standards. Everyone across the political, media, judicial and public spectrum needed to understand the depth and magnitude of the threat.

The majority of the public understood its seriousness but there were those who "just don't get it", whose opposition was undermining the struggle. They included:

· Politicians who opposed the anti-terror measures the police and security services said were necessary to combat the threat.
· European judges who passed the "Chahal judgment" that prohibited the home secretary from weighing the security of millions of British people if a suspected terrorist remained in the UK against the risk he faced if deported back to his own country.
· The media commentators who "apparently give more prominence to the views of Islamist terrorists rather than democratically elected Muslim politicians like premier Maliki of Iraq or President Karzai of Afghanstan"." (Sorry? 'what was that again? 'democratically elected'? Who? Karzai? Maliki? Right, yo mean the US version of democratic elections - I thought you were going to mention Hamas and Hezbollah)

If the world situation wasn't so serious, these statements would be laughable. Because what Reid is saying is true, but its not the supposed 'anti-terror critics' who have and continue to put national security at risk, but Blair and his government - and Reid himself.

The continued and unconditional membership of Britain in the authentic 'axis of evil' alongside the US and Israel, helping the ripping apart of international law - the UN Charter, Geneva Conventions, etc., aiding the virtual destruction of the UN as a force for good, facilitatng the genocide of the Palestinian & Lebanese, and actively participating in the genocide of the Iraqi and Afghanistani people (codenamed the War on Terrorism (WOT?) but which really looks like a war on Islam), and the gradual elimination of civil liberties and the move towards a fascist state, all these things combined are the real "threat facing Britain".

It also brings to mind William Pitt: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."

Reid is right. They just don't get it.

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