Posted: 2/21/2001 9:21:19 AM EDT
Following the rules of history
First disarm and then crack down
U.K passes "terrorism" Act
The Terrorism Act is intended to extend the definition of what is legally a terrorist and now includes, along with violent foreign groups such as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) or Hezbollah, any U.K.-based group planning an attack outside of the U.K. or any group threatening or planning "serious violence" within the U.K. That can include hackers or political protestors if their actions or intentions "turn violent," the spokesman said.
Under the new powers, the police now have the authority to determine what they deem to be "violent" and who they feel comes under the legal definition of a "terrorist."