The United Kingdom is uniting. Under the aegis of the Terrorism Act of 2000, fifteen “alleged” international Islamic terror groups are getting the heave-ho from Britain.
Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, brandished his list of proposed outlaws and went one step further:
|… he wants to make it [even] easier to ban suspected terror organisations. Under the Terrorism Act 2000 the Home Secretary has the power to proscribe any organisation which he believes "is concerned in terrorism". This is any group that commits or participates in acts of terrorism, prepares for terrorism or promotes or encourages it.|
|"Recent events in London and elsewhere in the world have shown all too clearly that the threat posed by global terrorism has not gone away," said Mr Clarke…|
|"The attacks of July 7 and 21 have served as a stark reminder of the need to maintain a vigorous approach to dealing with terrorists and their supporters."|
|He added that proscription was an important power, and not one to be used lightly, but that after careful consideration he was satisfied all 15 groups should be added.|
|Within minutes of the list of 15 organisations being published, MPs were complaining that the time allocated for them to debate the list and the proposed change to the Terrorism Act was inadequate.|
|David Heath, for Liberal Democrats, protested: "This is a single order - dealing with 15 organisations (and) incapable of amendment. This does not allow for proper and separate consideration of the different organisations involved and dealing with them on the merits which perhaps might be appropriate in this case."|
Here’s the list so far, though Mr. Clarke has no problem adding to it for “any group [which] commits or participates in acts of terrorism, prepares for terrorism or promotes or encourages it”:
|Ansar Al Islam, which has claimed responsibility for numerous atrocities in Iraq; Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain, based in Morocco; Al Ittihad Al Islamia, of Somalia; and Ansar Al Sunna, another Iraqi group which has claimed to have carried out suicide bombings, kidnappings and executions.|
|The other groups on the list are: Harakat-ut-Jihad-ul-Islami, Harakat-ut-Jihad-ul-Islami (Bangladesh), Harakat-ut-Mujahideen/Alami, Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin, Islamic Jihad Union, Jamaat ul-Furquan, Jundallah, Khuddam ul-Islam, Lashkar-e Jhangvi, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and Sipah-e Sahaba Pakistan.|
Just so you know: Following the bombings in July, Britain has now outlawed these people. Join one of the groups in the UK and you face a ten year jail sentence.
Here in the US, of course, many of these groups seem able to operate with impunity. We've made some improvements but not nearly enough. What will be our version of London, July 7th? The average person might have thought New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.'s 9/11 would be sufficient, but obviously not. We did get a lot of candlelight vigils, though.
Well, let’s see what Ramadan brings, shall we? That is, aside from the usual cynical, hypocritical taqiyyah from CAIR, claiming that Islam is a religion of peace.
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