Thursday, April 10, 2008

There Is Something Radically Wrong in the UK

A British Court, interpreting EU law, has refused Britain the right to deport thirteen terrorists, including Salafi cleric Abu Qatada, "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe." He now, as one UK reporter puts it, gets to "prepare for a life on handouts" under Britain's generous welfare system. This is a sign of the utter rot of Labour and the British chattering class.


In the Devil's Advocate, there was a scene where Al Pacino, as Satan, explained why he chose to come to earth as a lawyer. To paraphrase, it was to pevert justice to the point where society would disintigrate. And there can be no more an example of such perversion than what is happening in the halls of British justice today, from the failure to hand out real jail sentences for serious crime to the inability to deport foreign terrorists and radical clerics who threaten the safety and stability of the nation. I do not expect British society to disintegrate - though give another decade with the EU controlling its borders and it might - but I wonder how long the British will remain as sheep in their own lands while a toxic combination of the EU and an indigenous Marxist chattering class who detest Western society and values dismember it physically with their immigration and judicial policies and destroy it spiritually with the dual poisons of multiculturalism and moral relativism.

This from the Daily Mail:

One of the world's most dangerous terror suspects was last night preparing for a life on benefits in Britain after judges ruled that his deportation would breach human rights law.

Abu Qatada, dubbed Osama Bin Laden's "truly dangerous" ambassador in Europe, could be released from jail within months following the Court of Appeal verdict.

Yesterday's decision has left Britain's anti-terror laws in tatters. It means the Jordanian father of five - who has been linked to a string of global terror conspiracies and is held in a high security prison under immigration powers - can expect to receive £1,000 a month in handouts.

The taxpayer also faces a bill of tens of thousand of pounds to keep the hate-filled cleric under 24-hour surveillance by security services under a control order unless a last-ditch Home Office appeal is granted by the House of Lords. Even if it is, Qatada could appeal again, to the European Court of Human Rights.

Yesterday the Court of Appeal said Qatada could stay because evidence used against him in any prosecution in his native Jordan may have been obtained by torture - a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

At the same time, 12 Libyan fanatics were cleared to remain in Britain for the rest of their lives by a second human rights ruling. They include an asylum seeker considered a "real and direct threat" to security who had a map marked with the flightpath to Birmingham Airport.

The rulings mean that - despite Tony Blair's promise in the immediate aftermath of the 7/7 attacks that the "rules of the game have changed" - not a single international terrorist has been forcibly removed from this country.

Almost three years on, the only Islamic fanatics to depart are eight Algerians who went voluntarily.

The Home Office had secured a Memorandum of Understanding with both Jordan and Libya, which said that returned terror suspects would not face torture. But judges - torpedoing the much-heralded strategy - said there was no guarantee that the Libyans would not suffer ill treatment or harm in the future.

Grave doubts must now be cast on the remaining 11 deportation cases before the courts, many of which are understood to involve Algerians. A separate agreement with Algeria - which has an appalling human rights record - has yet to be tested, and could be struck down in the same way as that signed by Libya.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer, who recently advised Gordon Brown on national security, said: "Yet again, terrorists are laughing at us and remaining in this country at the taxpayer's expense.

"Abu Qatada, Bin Laden's twisted mouthpiece, stays with us inside this country. What a shambles."

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "This deals a major blow to the Government's assurances that Memorandums of Understanding are the answer in seeking to deport terror suspects."

The Qatada ruling is particularly devastating for the Home Office, which has been trying to deport the former asylum seeker for three years.

He was first detained in 2002, after spending ten months on the run immediately after September 11.

Ministers had been confident he would be booted out after securing the Memorandum of Understanding with Jordan in August 2005. It gave assurances he would not be tortured or ill-treated.

But, in a ruling which displays the true reach of human rights law, the Court of Appeal said that - while Qatada might not be harmed - witnesses who may be called to give evidence against him in any future trial held by the Jordanian authorities may have been tortured.

The judges said this would be a breach of the right to a fair trial under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Qatada remains in London's Belmarsh jail with other fanatics, including hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza.

But if the Home Office loses an expected appeal to the House of Lords, Qatada will be set free. The Government has no immigration power to hold those it has no realistic prospect of deporting.

Instead, officials would have to rely on placing Qatada - whose wife and children live in West London - under a control order, and hope he does not abscond. A string of international and homegrown terrorist suspects have gone on the run while under the shambolic orders.

The Libyan ruling, handed down by the same three Court of Appeal judges, was equally devastating. It leaves the Memorandum of Under-standing with that country in tatters.

The judges, headed by Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, upheld an earlier ruling by the special immigration appeal court that two men known only as AS and DD could not be removed in case the agreement with Libya was breached at a later date.

The men, who had been on bail, were immediately released from any court conditions. Deportation proceedings against a further ten Libyans were abandoned, after officials admitted they had no prospect of success.

The Home Office responded by placing the men under what were described as "strict" control orders, but even the most restrictive conditions would allow the Libyans to roam the streets for ten hours each day.

Last night, Qatada's solicitor poured scorn on the Government, and Tony Blair's deportation promise, which had been part of a 12-point terror plan drawn up in direct response to the loss of 52 innocent lives in the July 7 London attacks. Many of the measures have since collapsed. . . .

Read the entire article. Do recall that it was not long ago that the British appeals court gutted Britain's anti-terror law as part of a decision setting free several young men who conspired to join jihad in Pakistan, were in possession of extremist literature, and who took actions in furtherance of the conspiracy. And all of this needs to be digested in light of Labour's unilateral transfer of British sovereignty to an EU that is equally as Marxian and suicidal as Britain's own chattering class. I would refer you to this article in the Brussels Journal for a good, very short summary of some of the problems with the EU, as well as this article from Lord Monckton.

Britain's problems with the above are monumental and existential. In truth, were what is occurring in the UK to occur in the U.S., I would expect blood to be flowing knee deep in the streets. Yet far too many of the Brits sit back and are mere observers, as if there is nothing to be done. It is difficult, at times, loving Britain and its history as I do, to stomach what I see today.


Joanne said...

I give up! Perhaps shock treatment would help, and that is exactly what Britain needs - a good zap to bring them out of their slumber.

Red Squirrel said...

I am glad to see a site like this.

There is no such thing as a 'Moderate Muslim', no matter how conciliatory they may appear. Behind the pseudo intellectual mild seeming facade of the practitioner of taqiyya is a barbarian with a saber.
In the UK we have Tablighi Jamaat (It means 'the proselytisers'). They have been sneaking around my site, which in a free society they have every right to do of course. They are behind the proposed Mega-mosque next to the Olympic Stadium in London.

All the best,