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War on Terror


No promise of peace from Gordon Brown or Barack Obama

10 March 2009
After more than seven years of war in Afghanistan, the British and US governments openly admit that they are no closer to victory than they were when they invaded in 2001.

Police spy on protesters

10 March 2009
Police officers are using a criminal database to store information on "thousands" of political activists who have been neither arrested not charged with any crime.

Exposed: Britain’s internal rendition

03 March 2009
In an astonishing breach of normal legal procedure, home secretary Jacqui Smith last week sent five bailed men to prison, overriding the ruling of a senior judge.

Men arrested on Gaza convoy are released

24 February 2009
A high profile raid on activists joining a humanitarian convoy to Gaza has highlighted how the police are using "anti-terrorism" laws to harass campaigners.

Binyam Mohamed: ‘British officers were allies of my abusers’

24 February 2009
Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed has finally been released after seven years locked up without charge.

Preventing Violent Extremism: who defines ‘extremism’?

24 February 2009
For the last two years the government has attempted to divide the Muslim community in this country by launching a programme called Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).

Anger grows at police for arresting Muslims on Gaza aid mission

20 February 2009
Three men from Burnley, Lancashire, were released without charge yesterday after being arrested under anti-terrorism legislation on their way to join a humanitarian mission to Gaza.

‘We’re photographers, not terrorists’

17 February 2009

The British government is implicated in torture

27 January 2009
Foreign secretary David Miliband has welcomed Barack Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo Bay.

Unjust show trials at Guantanamo

09 December 2008
Five men accused of connection with the 9/11 attacks of 2001 emerged this week from the isolation of the Guantanamo detention centre to stand before a military commission. Each entered a guilty plea and demanded the death sentence. Their spokesperson Khaled Sheikh Mohammed had been subjected to torture.

Press targets British Muslims

02 December 2008
The British press has responded to the events in Mumbai with a frenzy of sensationalist and unsubstantiated claims about the involvement of British Muslims in the attacks.

Start mobilising now to join the European anti-Nato demonstration

11 November 2008
The Strasbourg protest will begin with a counter-summit bringing together anti-war activists, writers and politicians from around the world. It will start on Thursday 2 April.

42 - Red Card Theatre

04 November 2008
This play explores the issues surrounding the proposed 42 days detention without trial which, although rejected by the Lords, will be enforced in the event of a terrorist attack.

The police protect the state

28 October 2008
According to "C12", one of the police officers who killed Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell on 22 July 2005, "Everything I have ever trained for – threat assessment, seeing threats, perceiving threats and acting on threats – proved wrong."

More ‘war on terror’ lies from Labour

21 October 2008
In May 2004, Tony Blair told MPs that neither he nor any member of his government knew anything about the torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison.

42-day detention gets thrown out

14 October 2008
One aspect of New Labour’s attacks on civil liberties crashed to the ground this week when the government was forced to abandon its plans for interning people for up to 42 days without charge.

The US, cluster bombs and 'weapons of mass destruction'

30 September 2008
You might have thought George Bush’s administration had enough on its hands with the financial meltdown, but last week it was announced that the US air force is pressing ahead with a new generation of "intelligent" cluster bombs.

US war woes intensify as instability spreads

30 September 2008
As the global financial markets went into meltdown on Monday, US general David Petraeus came knocking at Gordon Brown’s door.

Inquest into de Menezes killing opens

23 September 2008
A banner reading "Inquest Not Cover-Up" hangs from flats near The Oval cricket ground, south London, where Southwark Coroner’s Court is sitting for three months.

New Labour banging war drums - again

02 September 2008
The new Labour government is leading the West’s war of words against Russia in its dispute with Georgia.

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