A UK terror law watchdog has warned that new counter extremism measures planned by the government target innocent citizens and threaten to completely eradicate people’s personal freedoms.

According to David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of the controversial terrorism legislation, the UKs new Counter Extremism Bill will see citizens with anti-establishment views unfairly targeted for harassment by authorities.

Counter extremism bill will target ordinary UK citizens

Posted on December 31, 2016 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai in News, UK : http://yournewswire.com/uk-counter-extremism-bill/

Independent.co.uk reports:

 

“They say that if you are going to engage in extremist activity, then you could be made subject to some coercive measure whereby you might not be able to use social media, or you might be limited in your associations, or in where you can go, and so on,” he said.

“I think silence coerced by law … is a very dangerous business, particularly when you are looking at something as vague as extremism.

“I’ve not met anyone who can really define it in a satisfactory way.

“There’s talk of British values, people who oppose diversity, democracy, the rule of law, tolerance. We can all think of people, I’m sure, we would love to see silenced in one way or the other, preachers of hate, of whatever kind.

“I think the trouble with rules like that is that all sorts of people are going, in principle, to be subject to them. People are going to complain about neighbours, they’re going to complain about people they work with, the police are going to feel they have to investigate all sorts of people who are miles away from being terrorists, but may just practise religion in a conservative way, or may have eccentric political views.

“That’s not really the way we have ever done things in this country. We didn’t ban communism during the Cold War, and I think we should be strong and robust enough to argue back.

“To start applying the force of the law to people who oppose certain values, I think, is a really difficult and dangerous line to go down,” he said.

Asked if such provisions in the Bill could themselves be opposed to fundamental British values, Mr Anderson, who is to stand down from his review of terror laws role in February, said: “That’s of course one way of putting it.”

Mr Anderson said he expected changes to the controversial Investigatory Powers Act, which some have branded a “snooper’s charter”, after the European Court of Justice ruled that measures in it allowing the “general and indiscriminate retention” of emails and other electronic communications were illegal.

He said provisions in the Act making telephone providers retain call logs for 12 months in case police want to look at them made sense.

“It certainly does look as though in some respects the Act is going to have to be amended. My own view is that the power is a particularly useful one to the police, and not only in terrorism cases, and it’s actually not very intrusive at all,” he said.

Mr Anderson said the UK had learned lessons after an “overreaction” following 9/11.

Asked if Britain had the balance right on anti-terror laws, he said: “I would say we are not in too bad a place. We made some terrible mistakes in the past. I think we really went over the top in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. In ways that I think are still having bad effects, and everyone can see that now.

“Even 10 years ago, we maybe overreacted in ways that we shouldn’t have done to the 9/11 bombings. But, I think what we have done is learn from that. The laws I’m reviewing now are actually less onerous, less restrictive than the ones I started to review in 2010/11.”

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England has had prohibitions on Free Speech, when concerning Muslims, for a long time.  Heard a man on the Radio being interviewed about two years ago, about how a demeaning statement, put him in Jail for over a year.  They Breed, they Multiply, then get into Parliment, and then they take over.

Good morning Jo,

 My dad, believes they are trying to breed out all white, and create a race of one people again, back before the time of the Tower of Tower Of Babel. But first they must start a war between the two largest religions in the world.

John,

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Breaking:  FBI Admits Comey Leaked Memos 
 That Were Classified   Material! 

The FBI turned over the Comey memos to Congress today after missing their deadline earlier in the week.

Congressional leaders threatened to impeach deep state leaders if they continued to stall on the memos.

Fired FBI Chief James Comey wrote about the memos in his book and leaked the documents to reporters last year. Congress has not yet had a chance to look at the memos — Until tonight.

AND—– THE MEMOS ARE CLASSIFIED!

Meaning Fired FBI Chief James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS TO THE PRESS.

From the report:

From the DOJ to Congress:

Therefore, pursuant to your request, we are providing the requested memoranda in both the redacted and unredacted formats for your convenience. Consistent with your request, we are providing an unclassified version of the documents redacted to remove any classified information.

The DOJ wrote Congressional leaders this evening.

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GOP Congressional Leaders Nunes, Gowdy And Goodlatte Release Statement On Comey Memos

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued a statement on the memos later tonight.

The House chairmen note that the memos prove that fired Director Comey never felt obstructed or threatened from his relationship with the president.

And… former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel.

The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence published the statement tonight:

Today House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued the following statement:

“We have long argued former Director Comey’s self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions. These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not.

Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated. The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.

The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened. While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts, he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.

The memos also make certain what has become increasingly clear of late: former Director Comey has at least two different standards in his interactions with others. He chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump. It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations with former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the Department of Justice in July of 2016.

These memos also lay bare the notion that former Director Comey is not motivated by animus. He was willing to work for someone he deemed morally unsuited for office, capable of lying, requiring of personal loyalty, worthy of impeachment, and sharing the traits of a mob boss. Former Director Comey was willing to overlook all of the aforementioned characteristics in order to keep his job. In his eyes, the real crime was his own firing.

The memos show Comey was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe. On multiple occasions he, in his own words, defended the character of McCabe after President Trump questioned McCabe.

Finally, former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel, yet he took no steps to spur the appointment of Special Counsel when he had significant concerns about the objectivity of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

As we have consistently said, rather than making a criminal case for obstruction or interference with an ongoing investigation, these memos would be Defense Exhibit A should such a charge be made.”

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