Monday, April 26, 2010

Freedom, my ASBO

England has a law under which, if one hasn't committed a crime, there's still a way for the courts to toss a man in gaol. It's the ASBO. Today we see the Brits have nabbed a fellow for mentioning (among other things,) in hand-made leaflets left at an aero port that Muslims are causing trouble at aero ports. Uh-oh, Mr. Taylor. Hands up. It's the P.C. police!
An Anti-Social Behaviour Order [ASBO] ... is a civil order made against a person who has been shown, on the balance of evidence, to have engaged in anti-social behaviour in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland. The orders, designed originally by Tony Blair in 1998, were designed to be imposed after minor incidents that would not ordinarily warrant prosecution. The orders then restrict behavior in some way, by prohibiting a return to a certain area or shop, or by restricting public behavior such as swearing or drinking. As the ASBO is a civil order, the defendant has no right to evidence that might disprove the assertions of the plaintiff, though violating an ASBO can incur up to five years imprisonment.

An atheist who left leaflets mocking Jesus, Islam and the Pope in an international airport’s prayer room has been given an Asbo. Harry Taylor, 59, from Salford, left home-made posters at Liverpool John Lennon Airport three times in 2008.


He had adapted newspaper and magazine cartoons and added captions of his own. But some went way beyond exercising freedom of expression, prosecutor Neville Biddle said, including one that linked Muslims to attacks on airports.

Muslims attacks on airports? Is that ringing some bells here? Why, yes, dear, I think it is. What could it be? Off the top of my head, maybe these incidents had something to do with it:
The 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack occurred on Saturday 30 June 2007, at 15:11 BST, when a dark green Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters was driven into the glass doors of the Glasgow International Airport terminal and set ablaze.[3] It was the first terrorist attack to take place in Scotland since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988,[4] and the first terrorist attack ever to target Scotland. The attack occurred three days after the appointment of Glasgow-born Scottish MP Gordon Brown as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but Downing Street dismissed suggestions of a connection,[5] although a close link was quickly established to the foiled attack on London the previous day.

The 2007 John F. Kennedy International Airport attack plot was an alleged Islamist terrorist plot to blow up a system of jet fuel supply tanks and pipelines that feed fuel to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens, New York. These pipelines travel throughout the undergrounds of New York City in densely populated areas. The alleged plot was foiled when an undercover law enforcement official was recruited to the homegrown terrorist cell.
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was an international passenger flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan, United States. The flight was the target of a failed al-Qaeda bombing attempt on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009, in which a passenger tried to set off plastic explosives sewn to his underwear. 290 people were on board the plane, which was operated by Northwest Airlines.

The suspected bomber was 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who had concealed plastic explosives in his underwear but failed to detonate them properly, resulting in flames and popping noises.
The 2002 Los Angeles Airport shooting was a terrorist attack by a lone gunman on an airline ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport. On July 4, 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian national, opened fire on a line of people at the El Al Airline airport ticket counter, killing two and wounding four others at Los Angeles International Airport. He was shot dead by a security guard for the Israeli airline. The FBI concluded this was terrorism, although the gunman acted alone. In September 2002, federal investigators concluded that Hadayet hoped to influence U.S. government policy in favor of the Palestinians, and that the incident was a terrorist act. The attack was similar to the Rome and Vienna Airport Attacks.
The Lod Airport massacre was a terrorist attack that occurred on May 30, 1972, in which three members of the Japanese Red Army, on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), killed 26 people and injured 80 others at Tel Aviv's Lod airport (now Ben Gurion International Airport).

But it's Taylor who's anti-social. I get it.

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