posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 10:42 AM
In our current troubled times, there appears to be no legal definition of a terrorist per se. As an example of how it has been applied in the UK, an
82-year old politically interested pensioner was at a Labour Party conference and heckled Jack Straw, a Labour politician, by shouting "Nonsense"
during a speech.
He was ejected from the meeting and when he tried to re-enter the conference was arrested and detained under the Terrorism Act (a treat for our nation
implemented by the Labour Government).
How can we define terrorism without recourse to legitimate and legal definitions of criminal acts? When does a "plan" constitute an illegal act?
When does intent become an arrestable offence.
There are blurred boundaries around the whole "intent" subject. Clearly, if I am in legal possession of a shotgun, but am running through the town
centre shouting "I'm gonna kill everybody" then there is good cause for alarm and an arrest by police officers. However, if I disagree with a
policy of the government and plan a demonstration does that constitute a threat that can be categorised as terrorism?
I believe in the fundamental right of innocence until proven guilty. To be honest, the loss of that right is greater than the loss of life in an act
of terrorism. I would just point out that WW2 saw the loss of millions of service men and women specifically to preserve the rights of freedom as
they were then.
Now, English citizens can be arrested and held for 42 days without charge - whilst evidence is obtained. There were plans to increase it to over 90
days. That is effectively 3 months in prison for something that has not been proven or for which there is no demonstrable evidence at the time of
Yes, terrorism can mean anything the controlling government wants it to mean. Shame on us for what we have done with the legacy of freedom bequeathed
us by fallen country men and women after WW2.
Adolf Hitler entered his government legally. What delight he would have at finding our current laws at his disposal. For all the lives that have
been lost to acts of terrorism, the greatest damage is attributable to our governments.
Shame on all of us because it is happening right now.