Thought Crime in England

An interesting case just came to an end in England today. Samina Malik, a 23 year old English Muslim woman, was sentenced At the Old Bailey yesterday, by Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London.

He sentenced her to nine months’ prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered her to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. after already having been in custody for 5 months and spending 9 months of “extremely rigorous” bail conditions which were “tantamount to house arrest” (Lawyer talk).

Her crime was being stupid.

And she wrote poetry, which unfortunately for her, was sympathetic to Muslim Terrorists, and got her noticed.

And she visited the wrong websites.

“Samina Malik was being prosecuted in effect for a thought crime because she had
downloaded some material from the internet which anyone could download.”
Mr Bunglawala (Lawyer) said: “The case demonstrated how ill-conceived and incredibly broad-ranging the law is under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act. Teenagers download some quite nihilistic material every day and they are not prosecuted.”

In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Samina Malik was not prosecuted for
writing poetry. Ms. Malik was convicted of collecting information, without reasonable excuse, of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.”

“The Terrorism Act and the restrictions it imposes on the personal freedom exist to protect
this country, its interests here and abroad, its citizens, and those who visit here. Its protection
embraces us all. Its restrictions apply to us all, whatever our personal religious or political
beliefs.”

Having read parts of her two poems that were in evidence, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for her.
She is not a teenager anymore and the reality of life in England is that there is a very large Muslim population, and the average WASP is very uneasy, after suffering Subway bombings by homegrown Muslims.

The Mullah’s in England do not seem to condemn their homegrown terrorists very strongly, which only adds to the problem.

Muslims the world over need to understand that governments and people that Muslim terrorists target are going to react very quickly and very harshly. They need to teach that to their children. Terrorism will not be tolerated.

Governments also need to watch very closely how they approach “thought crimes” as there is a real chance of sinking to the level of the antagonist governments in the novel 1984….

That “Collecting Information, Without Reasonable Excuse.” really worries me. How about you?

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3 Responses to Thought Crime in England

  1. niq says:

    Agreed.

    Contrast that other very silly case of the teacher in Sudan and the teddybear. After a very brief scare about what could theoretically have happened, her treatment was altogether more reasonable, not to mention quicker.

  2. thewordofme says:

    Hi niq. Yes, the lady teacher ended up with an easy time after all….Except she never should have been publicly bothered about this matter in the first place, and certainly never put in jail, and most certainly never had demonstrators calling for her death.

    I wonder what would have actually happened to her had the public outcry around the world not happened? What if the diplomatic corps had not put the pressure on Sudan?

  3. Pingback: Thought Crime, Hate Crime, Doublespeak, etc., etc. « TheWordofMe Weblog

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