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Irish civil rights leader Eamonn McCann arrested at occupation of Raytheon

19 August 2006
Nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, have been charged under terrorism laws following an occupation of the offices of US arms manufacturer Raytheon in Derry, Northern Ireland. Police claim £350,000 damage was done to computer equipment during the protest.

Who are the true terrorists?

19 August 2006
The political fallout from the alleged plot against airliners is a sign of how far the wider debate over the "war on terrorism" has shifted against the government.

Talha Ahsan extradition case

05 August 2006
Another young man from Tooting, south London, has been arrested by British police following an extradition request by US authorities on trumped up "terrorism" charges.

Babar Ahmad fights back against extradition plans

15 July 2006
Babar Ahmad, the British IT worker from south London threatened with being sent to the US to face trumped up terrorism charges, started his High Court appeal against his extradition on Tuesday of this week.

Last chance for Babar Ahmad

08 July 2006
Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker threatened with deportation to the US on trumped up terrorism charges, will begin his appeal against extradition next Tuesday.

Gordon Brown wants to reopen debate on detention without trial

08 July 2006
Chancellor Gordon Brown said last week that he wants to further extend the period that terrorism suspects can be held without charge.

Britain’s chilling role in Northern Ireland death squads revealed

03 June 2006
The British state is guilty of murder and terrorism.

Assassins: a musical that asks why people try to kill presidents

25 March 2006
Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins is a nightmarish vision of a US system which generates inequality and despair. Originally performed as George Bush senior attacked Iraq in 1991, the show was condemned by many theatre critics as sinister, dangerous and of glorifying terrorism.

Terrorism debate: no glory for New Labour

25 February 2006
New Labour managed to pass its latest terrorism bill through parliament last week.

Duelling Blair and Brown are both in decline

25 February 2006
Last week didn’t go too badly for Tony Blair. He was able to persuade the House of Commons to approve legislation introducing identity cards and prohibiting the "glorification of terrorism".

Don’t let them extradite Babar Ahmad

18 February 2006
Campaigners for Babar Ahmad, who has been detained for 18 months in Woodhill prison and faces extradition to the US on trumped up terrorism charges, will meet in the Houses of Parliament on Thursday of this week.

Babar Ahmad court date set

11 February 2006
Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker threatened with extradition to the US on trumped up terrorism charges, will go to court later this month to fight attempts to deport him.

‘We are all Babar Ahmad’

10 December 2005
Home secretary Charles Clarke last month agreed to the US’s request to extradite Babar Ahmad on trumped up "terrorism" charges. Babar’s wife Mrs Ahmad writes about the next stage in the campaign to free him.

Justice denied

26 November 2005
Babar campaign vows to fight on Babar Ahmad’s family and friends have vowed to fight all the way against home secretary Charles Clarke’s decision last week to extradite him to the US on bogus terrorism charges.

Refusing to be silenced at Labour conference

08 October 2005
Terrorism T-shirts During the conference the Prevention of Terrorism Act was used against people wearing T-shirts with anti-Labour slogans.

Will they arrest the leaders of Israel for glorifying terrorism?

24 September 2005
To clear the way for proposed legislation threatening prosecution for anyone who "glorifies" or "justifies" terrorism, home secretary Charles Clarke is now burrowing through the history books working out what can be described as "terrorism" and what can be termed a justified rebellion against tyranny.

Babar Ahmad decision is postponed

24 September 2005
The family of Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker who faces extradition to the US on trumped up terrorism charges, learned recently that home secretary Charles Clarke has applied for another two month extension to make his decision.

Ken Loach: who will new terrorism law hit?

24 September 2005
The home secretary Charles Clarke wants to bring in new laws that would make it illegal to justify or glorify terrorism.

Laws used to silence protests

13 August 2005
There have been two disturbing cases in recent years of counter-terrorism powers being used to clamp down on peaceful and legitimate protests.

You can’t fight terror by junking our rights

13 August 2005
This government has brought in 700 new offences since 1997 — but it hasn’t helped stop terrorism. Now it has unveiled draconian proposals that will further undermine civil liberties.

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