The re-arrest of Abu Qatada hit the headlines on Friday evening. He was conveniently taken to Belmarsh prison just a day and a half before a government bid to have him deported to Jordan where he faces a possible conviction based on torture evidence.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, CagePrisoners hosted an event to honour the forgotten women of the War on Terror – the wives and sisters of those men held in Guantanamo Bay, detained on control order/TPIMs, subjected to SIAC restrictions, and extradited to America.
Secret war on enemy within - British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship… then killed by dronesWritten by Chris Woods, Alice K Ross and Oliver Wright Thursday, 28 February 2013
The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks.
In the absence of evidence, counter-terrorism policy aims to strike at those it believes are a threat to the West. This pre-emptive action is premised on the idea that it is necessary to target a specific community in order to prevent a terrorist threat.
I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,
organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same
food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter
and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If
you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the
rest, we will resemble you in that.
[Shylock, The Merchant of Venice]
Part of the mantra from the human rights and civil liberties world has been the call for the UK government to rethink their counter-terrorism policy in relation to foreign policy. During his tenure, Tony Blair consistently refused to accept the link between foreign policy and the alienation of Muslims in the UK and indeed abroad.
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, a fierce debate has erupted across the United States about gun control and the Second Amendment. Just as we’ve done after every other attack – from Columbine in 1999 to Aurura this past summer – Americans are asking when we’ll finally change our gun laws and whether that’s even the solution.
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