An excellent overview by Dr Maria Norris on how Britain has become an on-edge security state. For further reading on the ideologues and philosophy driving the “closed society” see:
Neoconservatism: Why we don’t need it and why it must be opposed.
Fifteen years on from 9/11, how the UK bypassed justice to become a counter-terrorism state
By Dr Maria Norris
The sinister story of legislation in Britain following the New York terrorist attacks.
Fifteen years since 9/11. 11 years since 7/7. 16 years of counter-terrorism legislation in the United Kingdom.
Before the Terrorism Act 2000, terrorism legislation was made up of a series of temporary, but renewable measures. Even in the height of The Troubles, terrorism legislation was regarded as temporary emergency measures.
Now, the UK has several pieces of terrorism legislation such as the Terrorism Act 2000, the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001, the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, the Terrorism Act 2006, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This does not include several secondary laws such as the Immigration Act 2014 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003 – all of which have provisions dealing with terrorism.
And the government is not done with terrorism legislation, with the Extremism Bill due to be published as soon as the government can decide what extremism is.
Crosspost: Professor Arun Kundnani
From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies – from nursery schools to optometrists – will be legally obliged to participate in the government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. Under the fast-tracked Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, schools, universities and health service providers can no longer opt out of monitoring students and patients for supposed radicalised behaviour. Never in peacetime Britain has national security surveillance been so deeply embedded in the normal functioning of public life.
Even as those measures come into effect, the government is drafting another round of counter-terrorist legislation, reviving a set of still more authoritarian proposals first floated last year.
With the endless imagery of brutality emanating from the Holy Lands, and the continued silence from neocons like Michael Gove, William Shawcross and anti-Muslim, neocon extremist ideologues such as Douglas Murray, one wonders whether the extremism of the Zionist neocons will be “PREVENTED” using extra-judicial political strategies.
As the media continues to mount pressure on Muslim institutions, be they mosques or Islamic community centres to formulate endless responses and apologies for the alleged repugnant acts of megalomaniacs in Iraq and Syria, there has yet to be the same pressure to be applied to Zionist Jewish organisations and Synagogues. There are no political or journalistic endeavours to investigate Jewish schools, colleges and Synagogues visited by British Zionist Jews who pursue a “holy war” and are now being implicated in Biblical state terrorism and potential war crimes through their conscription into the Israeli Defence Farce. There is no resultant smear-by-association of Judaism, Zionist groups and Zionist centres.
The government continues to fail in applying the “British values” of equality and rule of law, equally. It has yet to start investigating the social circles of these various soldiers to determine the “psychological hooks” which have “hooked” into the British Jews prompting them to embark on the conveyor-belt to Zionist terrorism in Palestine.