Michael Gurstein on Fri, 30 Apr 2004 17:49:35 +0200 (CEST)

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FW: <nettime> Britain:_Blunkett_to_legislate_for_thought_crimes_and_guilt_by_association


Six degrees of incarceration?


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The Observer wrote on April 11, "Sympathisers with extremist Islamic
groups will risk jail under controversial plans to make merely
associating with a suspected terrorist a crime."

The next day, the Times reported, "Those whose names were found on
seized mobile phones, computers or e-mails and who tried further contact
would find themselves facing prison."

The paper added that the home secretary would like a formal warning
given to "every known contact of a terror suspect or extremist Islamic
group." A source close to the home secretary was quoted saying, "We are
targeting support networks, the things that enable terrorism to be
perpetrated by other people. It is intended to deter people from hanging
around the fringes of undesirables."

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