Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rubber band chains

A seventh al-Qaeda suspect in Britain subjected to "control orders" -- a form of house arrest, electronic and restrictions on Internet use on persons who cannot be legally prosecuted -- has absconded. The suspect's picture has not been released on instructions of the police. "That should make him even harder to find," says Prairie Pundit.

The important thing about "control orders" is that they apply to people who cannot successfully be charged in court. These replaced powers under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime & Security Act 2001 (ATCSA) allowing the imprisonment of foreign terror suspects without trial. The BBC describes "control orders" thus:

Under the new orders, people suspected of terrorism could be subject to house arrest or other restrictions on movement, such as electronic tagging or curfews. Association and communication with specified people could be restricted, as could telephone and internet use. While the orders would mean an end to detention of suspects, breach of a control order could lead to imprisonment.

One wag once remarked that "the dark night of fascism is forever descending on America but always lands on Europe". In a war remarkable for the degree of political correctness under which it is fought, the US lags a distant second to Europe in the application of draconian state power. But even the potent European states may be unequal to the task, highlighting the most terrible contradiction in the War on Terror: that efforts to preserve liberties may eventually lead to their gradual and perhaps irrevocable loss. If Britain is struck hard in the future by those who have escaped its "control orders" what may come in its stead?

Nothing follows.

3 Comments:

Blogger whiskey_199 said...

What may come in it's stead is obvious Wretchard.

The return of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector.

A state that can't even keep dangerous terrorists from running around loose out of PC and Multi-culti fears will soon find that other people will realize there is no State. A plot point of "Brotherhood of the Wolf." Which is a very interesting film. The only French Martial Arts - Werewolf Horror film ever made, I think.

It's main plot points were: the peasants were revolting (and disgusting). The Aristo's merely jumped-up peasants with more pretensions. The Obscurantist Priests and diseased/mutilated aristos the main villains, with the King requiring absolute control or at least the illusion of it to maintain the monarchy and prevent the entire nation from exploding into chaos. A remarkable film in it's absolute loathing in all forms for France.

Bookended by "Red Lights" about a high-powered Frenchwoman and her layabout husband. The woman is raped by a bearded convict who is suggested but never outwardly named as Muslim. The husband kills the convict between Tours and Poiters. After the killing, the husband and wife are reconciled with the Wife accepting the husband's protection. The film presaged Sarko's election I think.

At any rate, in the UK you'll see something like Cromwell's return. If bombs go off and the Government dithers (a 100% certainty) people will form their own associations to keep safe.

6/21/2007 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

Traditionally, we were taught that terrorism and insurgency aimed to cause the target governments to impose such odious security measures on its populace that the people themselves called for change.

Now, the only people who seem to accept that view are the antiwar types, who use the examples of Gitmo and Padia to try to tear down the Bush Administration in order to advance such ideas as abortion, socialized medicine, gun control, etc.

The real terrorists just want to kill us, destroy our nation, end our way of life both physically and philosphically.

We talking about two different concepts of terrorism here. The Western variety, which is seen as the next logical step beyond carrying a sign in the street and the Islamic version, which views death and destruction as not a means but and end in itself.

6/22/2007 06:07:00 AM  
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6/26/2007 08:30:00 AM  

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