The Politic of Fear


Lord Falconer
said in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in
Whitehall today “In overcoming terrorism,
policy must come first and the law second.” 

Since the tragedy
of 9/11, both the
US and British governments have embarked
upon a policy of ruling using the Politic of Fear. 

Through the press
and media they have promoted time and time again high profile terror arrests, shootings
and detentions aimed directly at the Muslim community, with a media frenzy,
speculation, photographs of mock-up bomb making factories etc, whereas the
reality is that the majority of cases have resulted in the suspects being
released in a very low key manner, along with a warning not to speak to the
press.

A deliberate policy
to create a fear of terrorists, of terror and most importantly of Muslims. 

So far, over 1000
Muslim suspects, nearly all having been born, living and working in England,
have been arrested in this way, but how many have we seen in court facing
terrorist charges? The number is exceptionally small, enough to count using
fingers.

A few have
appeared in court on minor criminal offences such as handling stolen goods,
where evidence had come to light only as a result of house searches following a
terror arrest.

Even the very few
that do make it to court are reported in a bias fashion. Sky News even booked a
link to the court for the trial of the alleged 21/7 bombers, but only for the
time the Prosecution put their case. No air time for the defence. One sided,
fear generating, bias reporting. 

The Policy is to
generate the fear, High Profile. The results however are rarely or never
reported. Low profile.


On the obverse
side of the coin where we have seen arrests of white nationals, even where amassed
explosives have been found, the case is conducted in a very low key way, a very
low key arrest, low key reporting of the trial, and yet the most severe charge
has been for possession of explosives. 

Why then is this
not terrorism, why not the same media frenzy, why not the same government hype.
Perhaps it does not suit their purpose if the alleged perpetrator is not
Muslim. 

When Letter Bombs
have been sent through the mail, been delivered and opened, when those bombs
have exploded, it creates terror.  Not
just for the recipient, but for those who work with them, for everyone in the
building, for the public at large.

Why then is this
not terrorism.  Why does an Assistant
Chief Constable specifically state that his remit in this investigation
excludes terrorism, and refers to it as Domestic Extremism.  

It is abundantly
clear that terrorism according to The Policy is strictly a Muslim thing, that
we must beware of, and fear the Muslim.

Once that premise
has been seared into our minds, government finds it very easy,  on our behalf, to enact a host of new anti
terror, social and crime laws to protect the majority against the evil of the
Muslim terrorist, to reduce civil liberties, remove ancient rights, and allow
the intrusion into our private lives of government owned technology and
government snoopers that under any other circumstances we would never allow. 

This is The
Policy, the Politic of Fear.  To create a
fear, then feed it, blame a portion of the population for that fear, and act accordingly.

Lord Falconer
said in a speech today “In overcoming terrorism, policy must come first
and the law second.”  Proof, if any
were needed that such a policy exists. 

Unless we insist
that the balance is restored, that we classify every case of potential terror
in the same way, then the policy will succeed, and we will walk into a technology
driven dictatorship.

The Government,
Press and Police must ensure that every one of the Muslim cases to date are reclassified
as Domestic Extremism, and every future suspected British Muslim arrest is
under the same terms, or every case of arrest because of chemicals or
explosives is treated under the Terrorism laws. 

We must put this
all back into perspective, and there must be equality in the discharge of duty.

The DPP has
already told us, that the Judiciary see all of these events as crimes, criminal
activity, that there are already laws in place to deal with them, that we do
not need new draconian laws. 

The Point here is
that every time we accept the propaganda driven Politics of Fear, we will lose
another freedom, another right, until we have none left to lose.

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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