When describing Britain as a police-state, many have dismissed it as a “conspiracy” and moved on with a degree a nonchalance. The neoconservative threat to Britain, and the contributory influence against human rights is immense. With organisations like the Henry Jackson Society so close to Government, and people like William Shawcross running the Charity Commission, various organs of the Government have become political weapons deployed at targets as they see fit.
Human rights have been the thorn in the side of the government preventing arbitrary abuses of power. When the anti-terror legislation crept in on the back of the fear of a terror threat, the public, through our elected representatives handed our rights on a platter to the government. Rights, such as detention without trial, which, ironically, is strongly emphasised by David Cameron’s favourite document, the Habeas Corpus, contitutes a pillar of democracy. In an earlier blog I raised the fact that the anti-terror legislation was not even spoken about in media because it affected the Muslim minority, but the application of the legislation was being broadened to inhibit government scrutiny. It seems this is now being raised in the media, as David Anderson QC, citing David Miranda as an example notes,
“Look at the example of journalists and bloggers, who can be considered terrorists if they are seeking to influence the Government and if their words endanger life or create a serious risk to public health or safety… Foolish or dangerous journalism is one thing, terrorism is another”
The anti-terror legislation, PREVENT and the Channel programme, as well as the new “emergency powers” to tap communications are all erosions of civil liberty which bite the public when, either you are part of the Muslim minority, or, you ask the government and officials the “wrong” questions. Such erosions enable a psychology of power and unaccountability on the part of government organs and officials which results abuses, as we shall now see.
When British Values Hurt
The effect of the above is simple: the public has increasingly become transparent and government more and more opaque.