Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Radical Islamist extremists and neo-Nazis could be banned from making public appearances including on television under a gagging order proposed by the Conservatives with echoes of the broadcast ban that once applied to the voice of Gerry Adams. 
Theresa May will announce the measure as part of a widely drawn counter-extremism strategy that is intended to catch so-called hate preachers such as Anjem Choudary, who was released on bail last week after being arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism.   
The home secretary’s new orders would be aimed at those who undertake activities “for the purpose of overthrowing democracy”, a wide-ranging definition that could also catch a far wider range of political activists. 
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May will also set out proposals to ban non-violent extremist groups that fall short of the current threshold for being banned as terrorist-related organisations. The strategy is based on proposals that came out of David Cameron’s extremism working party set up following the murder of Lee Rigby in May last year. 
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May’s extremist disruption civil orders would contain wide-ranging restrictions on individuals who “undertake harmful activities” to spread, incite or justify hatred against people on grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation or disability. 
The orders would be issued by a high court judge on an application from the police on the lower legal test of “balance of probabilities” rather than the stronger test of “beyond reasonable doubt”. 
The restrictions are expected to include banning individuals from speaking at public events, protests and meetings, having to inform the police in advance of any public event, protest or meeting that they plan to attend, and banning individuals from particular public locations. 
May also wants to include restrictions on banned individuals from broadcasting, from associating with named people, and restricting their use of social media or the internet by requiring them to submit in advance any proposed publication to the police. Banning orders would be time-limited to ensure they were proportional, but breaching the civil orders would be regarded as a criminal offence punishable with a jail term.

Source: Guardian

Yet a further illustration that diversity and liberty are incompatible. If you distil down the message that patriots and counterjihadists have, it is simply this: the presence of aliens causes problems. But when the presence of the aliens does, in fact, cause problems, the ruling class does not hail these patriots and counterjihadists for their foresight. On the contrary, it condemns them and lumps them in the same basket as the aliens causing the problems, as if chopping someone's head off and accurately predicting that another person was going to chop someone's head off were moral equivalents. Even if the Conservatives do not use the legislation to suppress patriot political activism, the law will still be on the statute books and you can be sure that a Labour government will make plentiful use of it in future.

  

4 comments:

  1. This wil cause violence not prevent it. Forcing them underground and out of sight. Are they realy this stupid? Let them focus on securing the border and dismantling grooming gangs instead geez..

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  2. via JW

    http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/206518/no-pamela-geller-the-quran-is-not-anti-semitic/

    No, Pamela Geller, the Qur'an Is Not Anti-Semitic

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  3. via BCF

    http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2014/09/30/proposed-eu-migration-commissioner-avramopoulos-talks-the-talk/

    Creating legal, safe routes to the European Union will be his top priority for the next five years, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commissioner-designate for migration and home affairs, told European parliamentarians Tuesday.

    “Legal migration is a fence against illegal migration,” said Mr. Avramopoulos, echoing the view of many of human-rights organizations. The chairpersons of the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs were expected to decide on his appointment later Tuesday, ahead of a plenary vote on the full European Commission planned for Oct. 22.

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  4. They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    Patrick Henry

    American Patriot, 1775

    239 years later, and the words still make my eyes water.

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