The latest controversy revolving around extradition to the US comes hot on the heels of the resolution of another two.
First came the extradition of Abu Hamza and four associates – the convicted terrorist’s sermons inspired 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui as well as would-be shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Lawyers defended the eight-year long process by saying it shows Britain’s determination to be fair.
Gary McKinnon hacked into 97 American defence and Nasa computers, including one at the Pentagon, potentially endangering the country’s defence capability. Home Secretary Theresa May personally blocked the extradition because of the effect it might have on his health.
The third controversy concerns Tommy Robinson, co-founder and leader of the English Defence League, who has been arrested for allegedly entering the US illegally, having been invited to speak on the anniversary of 9/11.
While Abu Qatada was often free to roam and preach hate-sermons during his extradition process and Gary MacKinnon lived at home, Robinson is being held alongside Muslim prisoners. British Freedom leader Paul Weston was also detained, when he refused to leave the reception area of Wormwood Scrubs prison without news of Tommy’s whereabouts and safety. (Can anybody now doubt that habeas corpus no longer exists?)
And in what probably represents the point of the whole exercise Kevin Carroll, British Freedom candidate for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner in Bedfordshire, was arrested as well.
Tommy Robinson neither preaches hate sermons nor encourages others to be violent. He has never compromised another country’s defence. So if you are reading this I hope you will find his arrest sinister and disturbing, regardless of your views on the English Defence League. At the very least follow his case and, if his extradition should be placed on the fast track, ask yourself how you'll fare when it's your turn to stand up against the British Establishment.
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