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Hypocrisy over Abu Hamza ignores brutal violence of the state

Issue No. 2404

The tabloids’ favourite terror suspect Abu Hamza was convicted of supporting terrorism in a US court this week. The British government used the case to extradite others, such as Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan, to the US. 

Both the Tories and Labour used it to increase spying on Muslims and attack civil liberties.

Hundreds of people have been convicted by a shoddy parade of informers. They testified on everything from weapons training in Afghanistan to the testing of poison on small animals.

Take the case of Syed Hashmi, who let a friend store rain ponchos and socks in his London flat. The friend became a government informant. The ponchos and socks were deemed “military gear” and Hashmi was accused of conspiring to supply it to Al Qaida.

He got 15 years.

At the heart of the “war on terror” is sustained torture. The British state has repeatedly provided torture victims to the conveyor belt of injustice at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. 

US president Barack Obama pledged in January 2009 to close the camp within a year. It is still open.

Egyptian security forces under instruction from British spooks tortured former British resident Ahmed Diini as recently as February this year.

The tabloids shout about “hate preachers”, but ignore the brutal violence of the state.

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