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War on Terror

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.

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.

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.

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.

British state is complicit in Guantanamo torture

26 August 2008
Evidence at the High Court last week has revealed that once again the British government has being lying over the use of torture, and has been illegally kidnapping people as part of the "war on terror".

Teenager’s conviction on ‘terrorism’ charges shows threat to civil liberties

19 August 2008
Hammaad Munshi became the youngest person convicted under the Terrorism Act this week. He was under police surveillance from the age of 16 and was found guilty along with two other men of "making a record of information likely to be useful in terrorism".

Protest for Guantanamo detainee

29 July 2008
On Thursday 24 July Binyam Mohamed turned 30. For six years he has been held without trial by the US in Guantanamo Bay.

British use torture

22 July 2008
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said last week, "The UK can no longer rely on US assurances that it does not use torture, and we recommend that the government does not rely on such assurances in the future."

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar cleared of contempt

01 July 2008
There was cheering on the steps of Edinburgh’s high court on Tuesday morning as supporters heard that civil rights lawyer Aamer Anwar had been found not guilty of contempt of court.

Gordon Brown wins 42 days detention, but at what price?

17 June 2008
Gordon Brown narrowly scraped home in a crucial parliamentary vote on 42-day internment last week. Britain now has the most draconian anti-terror laws in the Western world.

Nottingham ‘terror arrests’: ‘The clampdown is about trying to depoliticise us’

03 June 2008
The harrowing story of Rizwaan Sabir – a postgraduate student studying terrorism who was arrested for downloading an Al Qaida training manual – is testimony to the Islamaphobia that has been whipped up by politicians and the media.

42-day detentions will do nothing to stop terror

03 June 2008
Gordon Brown came up with a wonderful Blairite and Orwellian phrase this week saying he wants "to protect the security of all and the liberties of each" by extending detention for terrorist suspects to 42 days.

Labour MPs put party loyalty before principles in detention vote

03 June 2008
The crisis racked New Labour government is whipping up terror scares in an effort to divert attention away from its own problems.

Nottingham student arrested over research on Al Qaida

27 May 2008
There is growing outrage over the arrest of Nottingham university student Rizwaan Sabir and staff member Hicham Yezza.

New push to attack rights on detention

15 April 2008
Gordon Brown’s government is pushing ahead with plans to extend the period that people can be held without charge.

Why the US and Britain are determined not to leave Iraq

08 April 2008
An occupation without limit and a war without end. This is the message coming out of Britain and the US following the recent uprising by Iraqis.

Left list election candidate held at Heathrow

02 April 2008
Tower Hamlets councillor Oliur Rahman, a Left List candidate in the 1 May London Assembly elections, was detained at Heathrow airport under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

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