The UK DailyMail reports today that: “Britain is facing an ‘almost inevitable’ attack by fanatics who have been ‘militarized’ by the Islamic State, according to police and security officials.” Most of us knew that already, however that was not primary revelation contained in the article. It goes on to state:
The Home Secretary Teresa May’s new Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill, to be presented to MPs tomorrow, also includes powers to:
Forcibly relocate terror suspects, or put them into internal exile; allow border guards to seize the passports of suspected jihadis;
Ban fanatics returning from Syria from entering the UK for up to two years;
Forbid airlines from landing in the UK if they do not provide advanced passenger lists.
It was the first item that caught my attention “Forcibly relocate terror suspects, or put them into ‘internal exile’”.
This is the kind of internment you have when you don’t call it internment. This is exactly what America, Britain and other allies did during the WWII when they identified citizens of enemy nations living in there midst whom they believed represented a threat to civil order.
It’s important to note that these internments happen without the targeted individual necessarily having received a public trial or being charged with any offenses.
This is perhaps one indication of just how serious Britain views the jihadist threat on their home soil.
If the bill is passed, this will be a serious degradation of civil liberties in Britain. While we all understand at one level, the need to act to prevent Islamic jihadist attacks, it is also clear that an unscrupulous ruling political elite could use such laws to marginalize their political opponents.
This raises the question of how civilized societies can maintain their respect for the individual, and for the rule of law, when as a result of mass immigration, those who are uncivilized and barbaric increasingly populate our nation states?
It is not considered polite to discuss such things in civilized circles you understand, so we will continue to pretend that all cultures are equal, and that the risk to public safety is coming from just a handful of random criminals who are being brainwashed over the Internet.
Without an honest conversation about the context within which radicalization occurs we will never identify and begin to deal with the cause. Instead the civilized will endure an ever enlarged surveillance state, with powers of internment without trial, all because of our government’s reluctance to face up to the truth.