anti-terrorism laws

Reports: Three-year-old child from London placed in government anti-extremism programme

You know something is wrong with the system when a 3 year old is flagged up by it:

A three-year-old child from London is one of hundreds of young people in the capital who have been tipped as potential future radicals and extremists.

As reported b, 1,069 people have been put in the government's anti-extremism 'Channel' process, the de-radicalisation programme at the heart of the Government's 'Prevent' strategy.

Runa Khan, Mother of 6 given 5 year sentence for promoting terrorism... Justice?

Runa Khan has been jailed for 5 Years & 3 months for promoting terrorism

Today in the news there is the story of the mother of 6, Runa Khan, who has been  jailed for 5 years and 3 months after pleading guilty to promoting terrorism online.

This is the same legal system where Michael Piggin, who was "...planning to carry out a murderous attack on his former school, a cinema, a mosque and a council office near his home in the Midlands..." .


How should the UK deal with returnees from Syria?

Yusuf Sarwar was arrested and then convicted after returning from Syria

There is a story on today: a mother who cooperated with the police when she found out about her son, Yusuf Sarwar, had traveled to Syria to fight felt betrayed by his arrest and subsequent 12 years and 8 months sentence under the anti terrorism laws.

His mother Majida told the BBC she believed the sentence would discourage other Muslims from helping the police.

There is a question of how these returnees should be treated. Should they be incarcerated and seen as a problem? Surely they cannot be left alone, after coming back from carrying out "terrorist activities" abroad?

Young radicalised men going to fight in the middle east

There are reports that there are probably roughly a hundred young radicalised British men who have gone to fight in the middle east.

They were mostly radicalised here in the UK and told that it was their religious duty to go protect their brethren. Most will be committing hienous crimes against humanity from killing whole families to just babies.

Some will even perish in these foreign lands.

However the surviving babykillers on their return to the UK will not be arrested, interrogated and charged with terrorism.

That is because they have not joined ISIS or JuN, but the better armed more deadly Israeli Militia.

Would Michael Piggin have been convicted of terrorism related offences if he was Muslim?

On Friday, a teenager named Michael Piggin walked free from court when the jury at a second trial failed to reach a verdict. The prosecutors have stated they will not seek a retrial.

You can read more about it in which gives further details of the trial and what Michael Piggin was accused of:

...planning to carry out a murderous attack on his former school, a cinema, a mosque and a council office near his home in the Midlands.

Muslim Briton convicted of terrorist offences for going to fight in Syria

Today that the 31 year old father of two Mr Mashudur Choudhry has been convicted of terrorism related offences for going to fight in Syria.

Syria is currently a mess and going to fight there may be a bad idea especially as allegiances of different groups are murky and chances are people you consider on your own side will be trying to kill you for fighting with another group. Or worse you will be forced to work with groups carrying out attrocities and other crime.

However I do not think that it should be a criminal offence for people to go to Syria, even if to fight and any anti terrorism laws that make this a criminal offence are wrong.