Praxis

May 30, 2008

Nottingham

Filed under: Uncategorized — duncan @ 6:25 pm

I’m exhausted at the moment so I can’t write about this properly.  But if anyone reading isn’t aware of the latest Terrorism Act outrage, it might be worth looking at this and this‘Stop the Deportation of Hicham Yezza’ site here.

[FWIW, The al Qaeda manual is downloadable here.  It's a criminal offense to own this, you know.  So don't go buying it off Amazon.]  [All links from Lenin.]

[NB. I believe this is the relevant section of the Terrorism Act:

"58
Collection of information
(1) A person commits an offence if—
(a) he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or
(b) he possesses a document or record containing information of that kind."

Jesus fucking Christ.]

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2 Comments »

  1. Yikes! It sounds like this guy got caught in a sting. Homeland Security is probably only trying to make it easier to catch potential terrorists by putting the al-Qaeda training manual out there.

    It’s funny how people like Yezza–who always claim to be doing something innocuous with various types of hazardous information–usually have some sort of flaw in their citizenship paperwork (can’t think of any examples to back this up, but trust me when I say it’s a common cliche here in the U.S.). This guy has been in England for 13 years, one would think he would have found time to walk down to the nearest immigration office and fill out the necessary forms so he could legally work.

    Hmmmmm…I find it hard to rally behind Yezza’s cause because of this. Therefore I’m inclined to believe that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    Academic freedom is one of the underpinnings of any democracy, but people shouldn’t let it blind them to potential lurking dangers. Based upon what I read in the links you provided, I am not able to determine if Yezza’s intentions are legitimate or not. The authorities will eventually figure this out, and it is safe to assume that the media isn’t being fully informed of all the internal developments of the case. I think this news story is more of a symbolic rallying cry of the people to defend basic freedoms and protect human rights more than it is about Yezza as an individual. Many freedoms seem to be at stake because of this issue: academic freedom, freedom of the press, human rights violations, etc. I’m not sure how it bodes for white people, but it seems to be another example of what we here in America like to call “racial profiling.”

    Anyway, on a funny aside: I am posting this comment from work, and since I share this computer with an Indian woman, it is safe to assume (because I clicked on the al-Qaeda training manual link briefly before clicking away) that homeland security soldiers in full SWAT attire will probably crash through the windows of this building tomorrow to carry away my work colleague.

    Comment by Tim — June 2, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

  2. Hum. I think this – “it is better to be safe than sorry” – is part of the problem. It isn’t better to be safe than sorry, if being ‘safe’ involves wildly authoritarian laws which we have to trust the police to implement justly. Terrorism’s already illegal. If someone’s committing a (proper) crime – nick ‘em for it. Don’t criminalise reading, as if Islamic terrorists are so specially evil we need a whole new batch of laws to guard against this ‘unprecedented threat’. (Plus, who cares how it bodes for white people? It’s a nightmare now.) You know?

    Comment by praxisblog — June 5, 2008 @ 10:36 pm


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