Thursday, March 09, 2006

Hmmm... If you can be charged for "making a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist" and "possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist", doesn't that mean that Tony Blair should be arrested every time he notes down his plans in his diary? Shouldn't the policeman in charge of the rota at the Houses of Parliament be done? Hell - I used to work at the Commons. If I sketch down a quick map of the quickest routes from New Palace Yard to the store rooms under the Commons chamber, that'd be pretty useful to a potential Guy Fawkes, right? Can I expect a knock at the door from the Sweeny?

6 Comments:

Blogger Jonn Elledge said...

Cross your fingers - think of the publicity!

3/09/2006 11:03:00 am  
Anonymous Jim said...

It's one of the most absurd charges I've ever heard. "Possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist". I can only assume that what's actualy meant is "Possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist and nobody else."

Otherwise anyone with a map of the London Underground could be charged.

I think it's probably a harder sell to the general public, though, if you elaborate too much. Once you add the "and nobody else" clause, it creates a whole extra layer of speculation and idle curiosity.

Maybe.

3/09/2006 01:29:00 pm  
Anonymous Katherine said...

That's exactly the trouble with this and other recent legislation. Draft offences wide and you pick up everything you want. You also, as a by-product (presumably), pick up any number of other things. This seems harmless(ish) now, but could be used for nefarious purposes later. See also "indirect incitement".

It's bad drafting. But worse that it is utterly thoughtless drafting. Since I am still optimistic enough to think that such things are not being framed in such a way as to deliberately bring about an authoritarian state, I can only assume that the people coming up with these ideas either don't know or don't care that abuse is of these laws is a possibility. And I find that genuinely scary.

3/09/2006 02:29:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it surely depends on the context...I mean a student with maps of army bases and circles on key locations with the name "Ishmaelre muhampapa" should be looked into.

3/09/2006 07:12:00 pm  
Blogger BondBloke said...

It's ass licking gone ape shit... Blair is just toadying to Bush in everything and neglecting the real stuff he should be attending to...

3/09/2006 09:58:00 pm  
Anonymous Katherine said...

Anonymous - that's the whole point. Of course it depends on the circumstances, but the law doesn't say that.

3/10/2006 12:04:00 pm  

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