Sunday, July 10, 2005


Blame the Victim: Britain "Too Free"

Allowing dissent too dangerous for a free society, says the New York Times:
LONDON, July 9 - Long before bombings ripped through London on Thursday, Britain had become a breeding ground for hate, fed by a militant version of Islam.
Although Britain has passed a series of antiterrorist and immigration laws and made nearly 800 arrests since Sept. 11, 2001, critics have charged that its deep tradition of civil liberties and protection of political activists have made the country a haven for terrorists. The British government has drawn particular criticism from other countries over its refusal to extradite terrorism suspects.
(Source: New York Times For a Decade, London Thrived as a Busy Crossroads of Terror, July 10, 2005 [emphasis added.])
According to the New York Times article, freedom cannot prevail unless the British can declare suspects "enemy combatants" and imprison them forever without trial - or extradite folks to places where they were convicted in absentia (without being present to assist in their own defense):
Before Sept. 11, 2001, British officials monitored radical Islamists but generally stopped short of arresting or extraditing them. After Sept. 11, the government passed legislation that allowed indefinite detention of terrorism suspects. But last year, it was overturned by Britain's highest court, the Law Lords, as a violation of human rights law.
...Gen. Hamidou Laanigri, Morocco's chief of security, said Osama bin Laden authorized Mr. Guerbozi to open a training camp for Moroccans in Afghanistan in the beginning of 2001. Last December, Mr. Guerbozi was convicted in absentia in Morocco for his involvement in the Casablanca attacks and sentenced to 20 years.

But the British government has no extradition treaty with Morocco and has refused to extradite Mr. Guerbozi, a father of six who lives in a rundown apartment in north London. British officials say there is not enough evidence to arrest him, General Laanigri said.
For 10 years, France has been fighting for the extradition of Rachid Ramda, a 35-year-old Algerian, over his suspected role in a bombing in Paris in 1995 staged by Algeria's militant Armed Islamic Group. Much to the irritation of the French, three years ago, Britain's High Court blocked a Home Office order to hand him over, citing allegations that his co-defendants gave testimony under torture by the French.
(Source:For a Decade, London Thrived as a Busy Crossroads of Terror [emphasis added.])
How are we ever going to successfully establish democracies dedicated to justice, human rights and personal freedom if we continue to respect those principles ourselves? Oh, wait...


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