Anti-terrorism laws: unjust powers
protests against the
"glorification of terror"
Do anti-terror laws make us safer? Whom do they protect?
- define terrorism more broadly, thus blurring any distinction between anti-government protest and organized violence against civilians;
- label numerous organisations as ‘terrorist', as a basis for placing entire communities under suspicion of associating with ‘terrorism';
- use ‘intelligence' obtained by torturing detainees abroad;
- and detain and prosecute people for suspected activities which could just as well be handled under other laws. Read more
THE family of Jean Charles de Menezes last week lost a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the decision not to charge any police officer for his fatal shooting. - The Morning Star, 6 April 2016
THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS rallied outside Iceland’s parliament, the Althing, on Monday, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, one day after his secret use of offshore accounts was revealed in the leaked Panama Papers. - 4 April, Robert Mackey, The Intercept
FROM THE START of the reporting based on Edward Snowden’s leaked document archive, government defenders insisted that no illegal behavior was revealed. That was always false: Multiple courts have now found the domestic metadata spying program in violation of the Constitution and relevant statutes and have issued similar rulings for other mass surveillance programs; numerous articles on NSA and GCHQ documented the targeting of people and groups for blatantly political or legally impermissible purposes; and the leak revealed that President Obama’s top national security official (still), James Clapper, blatantly lied when testifying before Congress about the NSA’s activities — a felony. - 4 April 2016, The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald
It’s real simple. Create a threat, predicate expanding autocracy at home and endless wars of hegemony abroad upon confronting that threat, and all the while intentionally perpetuate fear, hysteria, hatred, and division to keep that threat relevant in the hearts and minds of as many people as possible. - 26 March 2016, Global Research
I am one of seven women who won an apology from the Metropolitan police in November 2015. We sued them after learning that we had been deceived into having intimate, long-term relationships with men who turned out to be undercover police officers. - The Guardian, 23 March 2016
Belgium has begun three days of mourning after at least 31 people died and over 230 were injured Tuesday in bombings targeting the Brussels Airport and a crowded subway station near the headquarters of the European Union. ISIS took responsibility for the Brussels bombings and claimed more would follow. - 23 March 2016, Democracy Now
DAVID CAMERON’S snoopers’ charter could allow government spies to create “digital-age blacklists” of trade union members, experts have told the Morning Star. - Morning Star, 11 February 2016
Cebraspo, the/ Brazilian Centre of Solidarity with the People, joins to the progressive, democratic and revolutionary organisations, and people's rights defenders around the world to condemn the repression, injustice and the attacks against the activists of the Confederation of Turkish Workers in Europe (ATIK) and New Woman organization (Yeni Kadin). We condemn the arrest of 13 members of ATIK, that took place simultaneously in several countries European countries on April 15, 2015.