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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: British Freedom (tm)

“Around 500 British police officers raided houses across the country on Wednesday in a major operation targeting people suspected of planning terrorist attacks overseas.
They arrested eight people in early morning raids, seven in Manchester, northern England, and one in Merseyside, the area around Liverpool in the north west, police said.
They later said they had arrested a ninth person and that one of the nine had been released.”
-Reuters, May 24, 2006

“Thank Heaven that the British are finally learning that we can’t leave dangerous terrorists on the street (and I do not doubt that most of those arrested were dangerous). It is about time they did something. The English just don’t understand terrorism (except for that little ‘Irish’ problem that went on for a generation or so).”

“The veteran peace activist Brian Haw was stripped of his anti-war banners and placards by up to 50 police officers in an early-morning raid in Parliament Square yesterday.
Mr Haw, who has camped in front of the Houses of Parliament since 2001, was incensed at the "raid" - and said he now intended to go on hunger strike. ‘It was shocking. I would not have believed they could stoop so low. I thought they going to do it decently, to do it through the courts, when they came like thugs in the night. They have completely destroyed all the expressions of people who opposed the war in Iraq,’ he said. ’It seems I am going to die in this place now because I'm going to be fasting and praying. What else can I do as a Christian? They have taken my means of showing people what is going on.’
The battle between police and the 57-year-old protester has been going on for some time. Last July, the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act came into force, bringing with it powers to halt demonstrations in Parliament Square and its vicinity, a provision widely seen as having been designed with Mr Haw in mind.
Human rights and anti-war groups criticised the police for heavy-handedness. David Wilson, of the Stop the War Coalition, said Mr Haw was ‘hardly a radical revolutionary. He is a Christian who has taken it upon himself to remind politicians that occupation and war mean death and destruction to men, women and children.’
Doug Jewell, campaigns co-ordinator for Liberty, said the raid showed the ‘Government's intolerance had reached fever pitch’.
Mr Haw is due to appear before Bow Street magistrates at the end of the month to answer charges of breaching conditions to demonstrate in the square.”
-Independent (UK), May 24, 2006

“Oh… So they’ve learned about how to deal with terrorism from us… Well, that’s not as comforting. At least they don’t have to deal with the Patriot Act.”

“Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, is facing an onslaught over the Government's anti-terror laws after figures showed nearly 36,000 people were stopped and searched under the emergency powers last year. The number of people stopped and searched each year has soared since the Act came into force in 2001, when 10,200 people were stopped. It rose to 33,800 in 2003-04.

Figures in a Home Office report showed that 35,776 searches of vehicles and people were recorded under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act, which was passed six years ago. Despite the high number of people stopped, only 455 were arrested. The newest statistics, which cover the 2004-05 financial year and do not include the aftermath of the July bomb attacks on London, represent a record use of the powers since the Act came into force.”
-Independent (UK), January 25, 2006

“Hmmm…. So Britain decided on Tuesday to finally round up people for terrorism, and on the same day they decide to clear the protestors out of the area around Parliament. What could be driving this sudden move to get tough against the enemies of the Queen?”

“US President George W. Bush will meet in Washington on Thursday with Prime Minister Tony Blair, for talks on Iraq's new government and the raging sectarian violence there, as well as other hot-button global issues.”
-AFP, May 23, 2006

“Ah… So this is the equivalent of hiding your porn before mom comes over to visit. It appears that Mr. Blair is making sure that when the All-Seeing Eye of Fearless Leader turns his direction he looks good (and that is difficult to do right now as Britain doesn’t have a lot of Mexicans to pick on). Good boy Mr. Blair. You deserve a biscuit.”


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