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The "War on Terror" is no more. It has been replaced by the "global struggle against violent extremism." The phrase "War on Terror" was chosen with care. "War" is a crucial term. It evokes a war frame, and with it, the idea that the nation is under military attack -- an attack that can only be defended militarily, by use of armies, planes, bombs, and so on. The war frame includes special war powers for the president, who becomes commander in chief. It evokes unquestioned patriotism, and the idea that lack of support for the war effort is treasonous. It forces Congress to give unlimited powers to the President, lest detractors be called unpatriotic. And the war frame includes an end to the war -- winning the war, mission accomplished!
Originally posted by AgentSmith
It's pretty pathetic when in the lack of viable arguments you have to make such a big deal out of a relatively minor wording error.
The point is everyone knows what he's on about and it's all good for a change!
Originally posted by KhieuSamphan
How are these laws going to cover British nationals? How do you deport someone from their home state? Am I to be criminalised for supporting the Palestinian cause in future, or for showing sympathy towards the Chechen people.
Originally posted by Seekerof
My understanding from what I have read so far on this, is that those who are British born or nationals will simply be jailed if found in violation.
Originally posted by ubermunche
Overall though I applaud the idea of getting tough on those who spout overt hatred and seek to damage or undermine my country and I rather hope it extends to those who are violent and anti social in the general population too. I'm just hoping Blair can walk the walk as well as he talks the talk.