This video is the trailer of the film Taking Liberties, about governmental threats to civil liberties in Britain.
By Chris Talbot:
British students jailed for possessing “extremist” literature
31 July 2007
Four 20-year-old Bradford University students and a 19-year-old school student were jailed after a trial at the Old Bailey for being found with material said to be “glorifying Islamic terrorism” on their computers. Aitzaz Zafar, Usman Malik and Awaab Iqbaal were jailed for three years each, Akbar Butt was jailed for 27 months and the school student, Mohammed Irfan Raja was given two years’ youth detention.
Such is the atmosphere created by politicians and the media after the attempted terror bombings in London and Glasgow earlier this month that there was very little opposition in the media to what are police state measures—the jailing of these youths merely for downloading material readily available on the Internet
The case is the first successful prosecution under the Terrorism Act 2000 for possessing material useful for terrorism.
Raja, at the age of 17, had run away from his home in London leaving a note to his parents saying, “if not in this [world] we will meet in [the Garden of Paradise]”. According to the prosecution, he was planning to go and fight in Afghanistan after training in Pakistan, and for that purpose he had joined the four students in Bradford. No serious evidence that this was anything more than an adolescent fantasy is reported.
His parents talked to him over the phone and persuaded him to return home after three days.
If the hateful propaganda of the nazi British National Party, members of which have been convicted for violent crimes, is freely available on the Internet, and some people say something against that, there is a deafening chorus in the big media: “Hands off! That’s free speech! That’s free speech!” No one has ever gone to jail for just one day for downloading hateful BNP stuff from the Internet.
The Turner Diaries, the US white supremacist racist fantasy of violence which has inspired Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, is freely available on the Internet. No one has ever gone to jail for just one day for downloading it.
Adolf Hitler’s infamous Mein Kampf, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, US capitalist Henry Ford’s The International Jew, and lots of other anti-Semitic and/or otherwise racist material, inciting to violence, is freely available on the Internet. No one has ever gone to jail for just one day for downloading it.
I have to make a confession. I myself have sometimes downloaded from the Internet freely available material by neo-conservatives and similar supporters of George W. Bush’s wars. Does that make me an accomplice in the killing of over 655,000 and counting in Iraq? in the sexual torture of children by US soldiers in Abu Ghraib jail? No, I oppose these atrocities and I wanted to have a look at how twisted the minds of Bush’s apologists are exactly. Some of the people downloading Bushist material from the Internet probably agree with it. Has any of them ever gone to jail for that for just one day?