On December 6th Samina Malik was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence. She has to carry out 100 hours of community work, and will be under observation for 18 months.
It could have been worse. The sentencing judge remarked that “In my opinion your offence is on the margin of what this crime concerns.”
But don’t start getting silly ideas. (Ideas like – the Terrorism Act is an appallingly authoritarian assault on freedom of speech and thought, its implementation is racist, and this racism was inherent in its conception.) “The Terrorism Act and the restrictions it imposes on personal freedom exist to protect this country, its interest here and abroad, its citizens and those who visit here. Its protection embraces us all, its restrictions apply to us all whatever our personal, religious or political beliefs.”
If you feel like becoming a criminal (U.K. readers only), you can download the al Qaeda manual here.