"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
[Media Source*] (Hat Tip: Dhimmi Watch, Jihad Watch)
The British government will deport and ban people who "foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence," the country's top law enforcement official announced Wednesday...
"Individuals who seek to create fear, distrust and division in order to stir up terrorist activity will not be tolerated by the government or by our communities," [Home Secretary Charles] Clarke said. His statement detailed measures directly resulting from last month's transit system bombings in London, which killed 56 people, including four presumed bombers, and injured 700.
Although the reasoning behind this measure is to protect British citizens, this new policy has far reaching consequences on freedoms of speech. It basically states that if anyone incites their "fellow countrymen" towards terror whether it is distributed by print, sermon or internet they are summarily exported out of England. Despite the clear erosion of civil liberties, many Englanders are welcoming the expanding powers of the state.
But public opinion polls have shown overwhelming support for tightening laws against religious extremism, even if that leads to limits on free speech and other civil liberties in a nation with a long tradition of tolerance.
"We recognize the sensitivities around the use of these powers and intend to use them in a measured and targeted way," Clarke said. "These powers are not intended to stifle free speech or legitimate debate about religions or other issues. Britain is rightly proud of its openness and diversity and we must not allow those driven by extremism of any sort to destroy that tradition."
Although these expanded powers are in the "best interests" of Great Britain, what many fail to realize is that once governments expand their powers they usually are very reluctant to relinquish them. Tyrannical governments, whether ran by religious elites or atheistic communists usually all begin with the best interests in mind, but inevitably end up censoring the public of whom they were trying to protect.
Terroristic ideals should be confronted and exposed for what they are--misguided ideals lacking sound reasoning. If England seeks to reign in the war on words regarding terror, they should not banish it from their island (unless they are foreigners who have not naturalized as their rights differ from citizens) but allow the public to condemn or condone which behavior is appropriate for their society.
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