Monday, August 18, 2008

'if you have the right paperwork then you'll be OK'

Hicham Yezza on his detention under suspicion of research. Note the comments, proof if it were needed that the internet is predominantly populated by vicious, self-righteous right-wing arseholes.


Blogger Neil said...

As the police negotiate their way round this dreadful slew of 'anti-terror' legislation, there seems to be little distinction made between downloading/reading content for research, entertainment, shits and giggles and nefarious purposes - especially if you're Muslim.

Meanwhile, as the all-important precedents are formed with the test cases brought to court or dropped beforehand, lives and reputations are ruined.

In the wider world, beyond the realistic or imaginary paranoia of those entangled in the state's security apparatus, there seems to be a feeling abroad in the media, taken up in user-generated 'comments', that Islam - and certain Islamic states - represent everything 'we' are not.

It's not just trad right-wingers who are falling into this cultural/ideological trap.

A couple of weeks ago The Guardian reported:

"The security services are picking up more suspicious activity from Northern Ireland's dissident republicans than from any other radical group in the UK, the Guardian has learned." (

The media is failing to inform us whom we're meant to be most suspicious of.

7:33 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

Indeed. Mind you, I wouldn't exempt the Guardian from the right-wing - with a handful of noble exceptions (Younge, Monbiot, Milne) they've vigorously cheerled for the most right wing government since the war.

11:33 pm  
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Blogger Kera Robson said...

Amen to that!

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12:15 pm  
Blogger O.O.D. said...

how often is me or you an asshole!
But glad having one.
the use or misuse must be free to anyone!
how close is you to me
how far is her to him or she to he
how close are we!
repeating disharmony-and laugh about it ,while dreaming of true love and better relation or the total end off it all! can this run hand in hand! and how long will it run like that?
my selfissh mirror turned into a great opprtunity -crashin from time to time , but that technology in it self-go develope more invention-we human beings love to to that!
i was watching a report about animals and humans and animals and it was said again: the human describe the top of evolution!
where can be a top in an artifical word or state of time?

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