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Terrorism


Internet ruling is civil rights victory

19 February 2008
Civil rights campaigners have welcomed last week’s decision by the appeal court to overturn the convictions of five young Muslims who were jailed under anti-terrorism laws simply for downloading material from the internet.

Further education minister Bill Rammell whips up 'terror' fears

12 February 2008
New Labour further education minister Bill Rammell is stirring up Islamophobia with claims this week that colleges are under "serious" threat of terrorism.

Real victim of bugging scandal is Babar Ahmad

05 February 2008
Arrested on the wishes of the US. Thrown in jail for the past three and a half years. Threatened with extradition on trumped up "terrorism" charges. And now it has been revealed that the police bugged his meetings with his MP.

Counter-terror bill threats

05 February 2008
A new counter-terrorism bill currently going through parliament is set to remove juries from some inquests into how people have died.

Pakistan spirals out of control

29 January 2008
While Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf was in London being praised by Gordon Brown as a "key ally in the war on terrorism", his country’s border with Afghanistan was in flames.

Threat of 42 day detention limit

11 December 2007
Gordon Brown’s government is pushing ahead with plans to further extend the period that terrorism suspects can be held without charge.

Tim: poetry terrorism

13 November 2007

The sentencing of Mohammed Atif Siddique

30 October 2007
In Edinburgh High Court last week, Mohammed Atif Siddique, a 21 year old Scottish born Muslim student, was sentenced to eight years in prison for terrorism offences.

Mohammed Atif Siddique: civil rights queries over ‘terrorist’ conviction

25 September 2007
The family of Mohammed Atif Siddique – known as Atif – wept as the 21 year old student was found guilty of several counts of terrorism in the high court in Glasgow last week.

Sacco and Vanzetti: murdered in an American crusade against ‘terrorism’

28 August 2007
The last 100 years of the US’s history has been punctuated at regular intervals with crusades not just against the enemy without but the enemy within. That has involved the legal death sentence and extra-legal lynchings and assassinations.

Heathrow climate protest defies anti-terrorism laws

14 August 2007
New Labour’s anti-terror legislation is being used this week against protesters wanting to take part in the climate camp near Heathrow airport.

Judges halt deportations

31 July 2007
The deportation of three Algerian men accused of terrorism was halted by appeal court judges on Tuesday who ruled that the government could not be certain that they would be safe from torture after they were sent back.

Lords refuse to hear Babar Ahmad's appeal against extradition to the US

12 June 2007
Campaigners for Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker threatened with extradition to the US on trumped-up "terrorism" charges, have reacted with anger to a decision by the House of Lords to refuse him an appeal.

Gordon Brown moves to attack civil liberties

05 June 2007
Last weekend prime minister-to-be Gordon Brown announced plans to hand a host of new powers to the police under the pretext of "anti-terrorism".

‘I took a picture of Tower Bridge and was arrested for terrorism’

29 May 2007
Government ministers and police chiefs are demanding new powers to allow the police to stop and search people in the streets if they suspect them of terrorism. These powers echo the notorious "sus laws" of the 1970s.

Palestine defies Israeli terrorism

18 November 2006
George Bush and Tony Blair’s chatter about new sweeping peace initiatives in the Middle East will come as little comfort to the 1.4 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. Israel, the US’s ally in the region, has unleashed another bloody assualt on civilians in the besieged territory.

Babar Ahmad: a message from my prison cell

23 September 2006
Terrorism is the bulldog used by Tony Blair’s administration to frighten the electorate into accepting repressive legislation. And once that legislation is set in stone, it is used against anyone but terrorists.

Bush’s ‘long war’ is falling apart

23 September 2006
Five years after 11 September 2001, George Bush and his advisers continue to affirm that they are engaged in a global "long war" against terrorism.

Deported to torture?

02 September 2006
A secret British court ruled last week that an acquitted terrorism suspect can be deported to Algeria, despite continuing evidence of torture in that country.

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.

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