[Marxism] British Injustice

Jscotlive at aol.com Jscotlive at aol.com
Tue Oct 23 12:24:00 MDT 2007


 
Today I witnessed a serious crime. It was committed in  broad daylight in 
front of fifty or so witnesses in the High Court in Edinburgh, Scotland. The 
perpetrator of this  crime was the British State which, through a judge, Lord  
Carloway, sentenced Mohammed Atif Siddique, a young Muslim male, aged 21 years,  
to 8 years imprisonment. He was sentenced under the provisions of British  
anti-terror laws for the heinous act of browsing various Islamist websites and  
expressing his sympathies with Al Qaeda, the Iraqi Resistance, and the  
Palestinian Intifada to a few of his fellow students at the university at which  he 
was studying.  
He was arrested in July 2006 at Glasgow Airport whilst attempting to board a 
flight to  Pakistan with his uncle. This fact,  the fact he was on his way to 
Pakistan, was introduced as evidence, in  conjunction with the material found 
on his computer, and in conjunction with the  fact he’d expressed sympathy 
with those engaged in armed resistance to US and  British foreign policy in the 
Middle East, to accuse him of intent to engage in  terrorist activity. 
As I sat there, watching such injustice masquerading as  justice, I was 
reminded of the hysteria, fanned by the media and manipulated by  the British 
government of the day, which resulted in the wrongful convictions of  the 
Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four back in the mid 1970s at the height of  the IRA’s 
war against the British State. A total of ten Irish men and women  were 
arrested, evidence was concocted against them by the police and security  services, 
signed confessions were extracted using torture, and they were tried  and 
sentenced to imprisonment for terms of between 12 and 30 years. Ultimately,  they 
were arrested and imprisoned simply for the crime of being Irish in  Britain 
at a particular period in  history.  
Some eighteen years later their convictions were found to  be ‘unsafe’ and 
those who were still in prison at that time were released. The  story of one, 
Patrick Conlon, was immortalised in the Hollywood movie ‘In The Name Of The  
Father.’ 
The point is that then, just as now, the British State’s occupation of 
another country, its  colonisation of another people, was inevitably being met by 
armed resistance.  The ‘dirty war’ that resulted rebounded on British society 
in the form of  so-called terrorist attacks, mainly in the form of 
indiscriminate bombings in  cities like London in which civilians were killed. But rather 
than admit the  cause of such attacks – namely the colonial occupation of 
another country and  another people – the then British government labelled those 
responsible as  terrorists and criminals and dealt with the matter accordingly. 
It was a measure  which led directly to an attack on civil rights and the 
willingness of the  police to lie in court and use torture in order to send 
innocent men and women  to prison.  
In short, when a government engages in imperialist wars  and occupations 
abroad, the end result is the corruption of the political and  legal establishment 
at home. What I witnessed today with regard to the  imprisonment of a young 
Muslim male was the net result of this  corruption. 
The attacks which took place in London on July 7th 2005, carried out by young 
Muslim males, were followed by a failed attempt  by other Muslim males to 
carry out further attacks on July 20th in  the same year. Earlier this summer 
there were two failed attacks in London and Glasgow, again carried out by Muslim 
males.  These attacks, all of them, though rightly condemned by every serious 
person of  every political stripe, were directly linked to Britain’s role in 
the ongoing occupations of  Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the British 
government’s  continued support for Israel its occupation of Palestinian  land. 
Yet the British government, under Tony Blair and now  Gordon Brown, refuses 
to budge from the nonsensical and ludicrous position that  these attacks are 
not connected with the Middle  East, that instead they are the work of evil 
people who “hate our  values and are determined to attack our  freedoms.” 
Of course, that the government does so is not due to any  lack of 
understanding or awareness of the issues involved. Of course it isn’t.  The position 
which they have taken and maintain is one arrived at in a concerted  attempt to 
deflect their responsibility for and, yes, complicity in the various  terror 
attacks that have taken place on British soil in the last few years.  Simply put, 
the British government has sacrificed the law and any notion of  justice as 
the aim of the law in order to pursue a foreign policy in support of  a US 
reach for global  hegemony. 
The Judge who presided over today’s proceedings, a Lord  no less, did so safe 
in the knowledge that he was dispensing the law of the  land. The jury which 
heard the evidence and came to a verdict based on the  evidence, did so in an 
atmosphere of anti-Muslim hysteria that had been whipped  up by the media in 
the wake of the attacks already described, the resulting fear  being 
manipulated by the government in order to undermine civil liberties and  introduce 
anti-terror laws which move society ever closer to totalitarianism.   
This will come as small comfort to Mohammed Atif  Siddique, who today begins 
the first day of an 8 year prison sentence. In the  aftermath of his original 
trial his lawyer, Amar Anwar, issued the following  statement: 
"Today Mohammed Atif Siddique was found guilty of doing  what millions of 
young people do every day, looking for answers on the  internet. 
"This  verdict is a tragedy for justice and for freedom of speech. It 
undermines the  values that separate us from the terrorist, the very values we should 
be  fighting to protect. 
"Mohammed Atif Siddique states that he is not a terrorist  and is innocent of 
the charges and it is not a crime to be a young Muslim angry  at global 
injustice. 
"The  prosecution was driven by the state and carried out in an atmosphere of 
 hostility after the Glasgow Airport attack, and ending on the  anniversary 
of 9/11. In the end, Atif Siddique did not receive a fair trial and  I will be 
considering an appeal." 
For daring to issue this statement, Amar Anwar was today  informed by the 
same Judge who sentenced Siddique that he could be facing a  charge of contempt. 
This is what passes for justice in Britain in the  year 2007.  
END.  




   



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