Wednesday, August 24, 2005

 

It's about time

It's about time someone took a strong stand against the fomenting of terrorist teachings, and it's Britain that's doing it. The article below is taken from here.

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain published guidelines on Wednesday for barring foreigners the government believes inspire terrorism, as part of a broad crackdown on Islamist preachers after last month's deadly bombings in London.

In a move that sparked sharp criticism from civil rights groups, the government released a list of unacceptable activities which would trigger deportation or an entry ban.

"The terrorist threat facing the UK remains real and significant and it is right that the government and law enforcement agencies do everything possible to counter it," said Interior Minister Charles Clarke.

"That includes tackling those who seek to foster hatred or promote terrorism, sending a strong message that they are not welcome in the UK."

Two waves of bomb attacks in London which killed 52 commuters last month prompted a series of new anti-terrorism measures and British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the "rules of the game are changing."

The list of activities deemed unacceptable, which covers non-UK citizens in Britain or abroad, includes expressing opinions which "foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence" or seeking to provoke others to commit terrorist acts.

The government said the guidelines, which take immediate effect, applied to views conveyed through written or published material, including Web sites, as well as public speaking.

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