Sunday, November 12, 2006

Woman charged under UK terrorism act [data possession]

"A 22-year-old woman has been charged with a series of offences after British police found terrorist handbooks and weapons manuals on a computer hard drive."

Reuters and others posted these news articles, but left out the part of WTF!

Everyone needs to read the UK's Terrorism Act of 2000. It is located at the Crown publishing website:

Then read section 58:

"58. - (1) A person commits an offence if- (a) he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or (b) he possesses a document or record containing information of that kind. (2) In this section "record" includes a photographic or electronic record. (3) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for his action or possession."

OK, so you can always "hope" to prove a case for "I just had the manuals because I was reading them", or "wow, how did those get on my hard drive?", or "doesn't everyone have a copy of the Al-Queda manual around?".

Thought Crime is something to be very concerned about. If you don't think these laws will make it to the United States, you are grossly underestimating history.

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