Spot the Terrorist…

by Jackie_South on August 1, 2011

A quick quiz: which of the following two cases pose the greatest terrorist threat?
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A) A very Aryan-looking skinhead tattooed with Swastikas pretending to be a policeman and carrying multiple firearms.

B) A bloke with dreadlocks with a dog on a rope and a collection of albums by Crass and Chumbawumba.

C) A manic-looking muslim who looks as if he has recently shaved his beard off carrying a big rucksack that appears to be ticking loudly as he rocks back and forth chanting ‘Allah Akbar’ repeatedly.

D) A Brazilian electrician trying to catch the tube in the morning.

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Ok, this shouldn’t be too hard.  But until today, it looked as if answer  B might tick the box for a number of policemen.  This morning, The Guardian exposed how a counter-terrorist notice by the Metropolitan Police was asking the public in Westminster to report anyone with anarchist sympathies, effectively putting them on a par with members of al-Qaida detailed elsewhere on the document. 

The notice did not make any distinctions about whether there was any indication at all of enagement in any criminal activity: merely signing up to anarchism as a philosophy in itself was enough.  “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police.”

Thankfully, this afternoon the police climbed down a bit from this position. However, this still leaves some cause for concern.

Now, I’m not going to defend the music of Crass or Chumbawumba, but all this does give a worrying sense that the police still equate civil disobedience with the T-word.  There appears to be an arch-conservative view in parts of the Met that any politically-motivated lawlessness equates to ‘terrorism’. 

This can only serve to undermine the public’s confidence that anti-terrorist laws are being used solely for the intention promised.

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George_East August 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm

There’s nothing wrong with Banned From The Roxy.

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Mike Killingworth August 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

It is a shame the cops have backed off this one. Otherwise we could’ve organised the leftist blogosphere to shop Steve Hilton.

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