Adrian Farrel : Why Responding to Terrorism with Curtailed Digital Freedom is Wrong

It is hard for anyone to continue the political debate in the aftermath of the events of Monday 22nd may in Manchester. Our thoughts are all occupied with concern for all those affected, and with love for our own children.

But one of the objectives behind this sort of attack is to disrupt our political system, to damage democracy, and cause us to change our way of life. The intention is to instil fear into us all, to cause us to hide and become hostile, to make us different from the open and culturally diverse nation that we are. It is important, as a way to mitigate this attack, that we strengthen the political debate and act to preserve our freedoms, rights, and civil liberties. We cannot bring back those who were killed, and we can only hope that the wounds, both physical and psychological, heal with time, but we can show the terrorists that we will not allow them to take our society down.

Several questions that are close to the centre of Pirate Party politics need to be addressed immediately. They are fundamental to the debate about freedom and yet appear to offer direct methods to reduce the likelihood of future attacks.

1. Information on how to make bombs is available online

It is true that all manner of very horrible things can be found on line. Some can be put to bad uses by people who want to do us harm. Some things are of their nature unacceptable.

In general, where illegal material is hosted on servers in the UK, the police already have powers to have that content removed. No new laws or powers are needed.

Solidarity, Not Suspicion

Wendy Cockcroft's picture

I live in Salford and work in Manchester. Some of my colleagues are Muslim. This morning some of them turned up late for work because of road closures due to the ongoing investigation into last night's bomb attack at the Arena. They were very quiet today; Azim was preoccupied with trying to keep the department running smoothly while Gaz was speculating about what might have been — he heard the bomb go off and was shaken by the blast as he passed by in a car on his way home from a night out. Later, when they began to talk about it, Azim was saying that as news continues to trickle in we'll all see how we're being affected since everyone knows someone who knows someone who was involved in some way. As Neil Blackburn, Pirate Party UK Manchester Candidate said in our official statement:

Keep Calm, Carry On, a

Wendy Cockcroft's picture

I live in Salford and work in Manchester. Some of my colleagues are Muslim. This morning some of them turned up late for work because of road closures due to the ongoing investigation into last night's bomb attack at the Arena.

Statement Regarding Manchester Terrorist Attack

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 - 16:30

Pirate Party UK statement about the terrorist attack late last night in Manchester.

Police have confirmed 22 deaths and dozens more injured after the terrorist attack which took place in the centre of Manchester.

The latest and full information from Policing Events in Manchester can be found here.

Neil Blackburn, Pirate Party UK Manchester Candidate said:

Eddisbury candidate for the Pirate Party wants to stand up for young people

Eddisbury’s Pirate Party candidate says he wants to implement a transport system similar to that of Berlin in the constituency, if he is successful in next month’s election.

Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 20:30

Eddisbury’s Pirate Party UK candidate: Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill is a 20 year old privacy and democracy enthusiast. He spends much of his time researching information security, civil liberties and direct democracy.

Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 14:45

How to Buy Influence in the General Election Debate

Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 14:30

Hot on the heels of news stories about how big money bought influence in the Brexit referendum and how money was channelled into "Psyops" to manipulate the result comes a breaking story about how the Tory Party is attempting to influence what news people see when they search or information about the

May's internet 'plans'

 

 

 

 

The publication of the Conservative Party's manifesto has revealed the full and chilling expanse of Theresa May's plans for the internet.

To quote the Conservative manifesto "Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet, we disagree." This statement makes it abundantly clear that in a Conservative government internet censorship would increase beyond even the lengths that we see today. Whilst you can argue the benefits in some aspects of the policy, in particularly the plan to enable anyone to delete their history from when they were under 18, many of them misunderstand how the internet functions and, more importantly, this does not detract from the plain fact that Theresa May plans to "take control of the internet"

Going Equipped

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Section 25 of the 1968 Theft Act created the offence of "going equipped" for burglary or theft and refers to the possession of housebreaking implements including any item that is designed to be used to carry out a theft or burglary, as well as any items made specifically by a thief for use in committing a burglary.

The CPS [1] says that that law makes it an offence to knowingly possess an article for use in the course of or in connection with theft/ burglary and observes that the possession of the article must occur before the commission of the offence.

The CPS goes on to say that "Prosecutors should consider the evidence as a whole in order to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence that the item is possessed for use or in connection with theft. Possession of an item alone, such as an empty rucksack or a pair of gloves, may be insufficient to found a charge of going equipped."

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