Fighting the British Police State – Somebody Has To 99

I didn’t really volunteer to fight the British police state, it came after me. But here we are, and here I am, in Switzerland, seeking the protection of the United Nations. I still don’t actually know whether the terrorism investigation into me is focused on Palestine or on Wikileaks. It seems to be both and anything else they can get. My legal team is now active in Scotland seeking some kind of clarification and explanation, which will probably require a judicial review.

My experience of British airports being discouraging recently, I went by public transport from Edinburgh to Belfast. Arriving very late in Belfast due to the storm, I missed the last train to Dublin. Not wanting to stay in Belfast, I flagged down a taxi in the street and asked the driver to take me to Dublin. He did not wish to, so late at night. Then we realised we had worked in the same bar in Aviemore 45 years ago! I have always believed life is governed by forces we do not know.

We have sent a formal complaint to the UN about this bogus terrorism persecution, to add to the complaint about my imprisonment which is already under review.

Two quick points to add.

This is the third time since my imprisonment on an outrageous contempt of court finding, that I have been harassed and interviewed by the police. The first was over the leaking of Peter Murrell’s WhatsApp message to Sue Ruddick instructing her to put pressure on the police to act against Alex Salmond. The second was over Stewart MacDonald’s leaked emails. In neither of these incidents was I charged with any crime, nor could the police even tell me what offence they were investigating. And now this “terrorism” utter nonsense.

The second point is that the abuse of special anti-terrorism powers at ports in order to seize all papers and communications of journalists is becoming commonplace. Three other journalists I know personally – Vanessa Beeley, Kit Klarenberg and Johanna Ross – have suffered this. There are many other examples, most notably David Miranda. This really is police state stuff, yet there is an extraordinary lack of outrage from human rights organisations and the mainstream media.

So I now have this new fight. Or I should say we now have this new fight, because the fight can only happen at all with financial support from the amazing readers of this blog. You have seen me through so much, and I am very grateful.

But I honestly do believe that the fight is not for me, it is for freedom from an ever encroaching police state and from a political class trying to enforce a monopoly of information to the public.

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99 thoughts on “Fighting the British Police State – Somebody Has To

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  • A Cranberry

    I fundamentally disagree with the current anti-terrorism laws, but I’m afraid it’s very clear that your tweet crossed over the line into illegality. I know your heart is in the right place, but again you’ve gone too far. I suspect your only option now is to stay in exile, so I feel deeply sorry for your family, and also your supporters who will again waste their hard-earned money trying to save you from prison. As before, the only winners will be your lawyers.

  • Kaiama

    The gloves have been off ever since the Alex Slamond hit job and the destruction of the SNP. All long term planning to ensure that Scotland can never leave the UK. Also witness their ability to put the knife into pro Palestinian Corbyn and replace him with the anti-Palestinian Starmer. Even though I know you hate Putin, he did correctly call out the treatment of the Palestinians and western support for Israel for exactly what it was – hypocrisy.

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