Britain Moves To Criminalize Reading Extremist Material On The Internet

440px-Official_portrait_of_Amber_Rudd_crop_2England flagFor years, civil libertarians have warned that Great Britain has been in a free fall from the criminalization of speech to the expansion of the surveillance state.  Now the government is pursuing a law that would make the repeated viewing of extremist Internet sites a crime punishable to up to 15 years in prison.  It appears that the government is not satiated by their ever-expanding criminalization of speech. They now want to criminalize even viewing sites on the Internet.  As always, officials are basically telling the public to “trust us, we’re the government.”  UK home secretary Amber Rudd is pushing the criminalization of reading as part of her anti-radicalization campaign . . . which turns out to be an anti-civil liberties campaign.

We have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in France (here and here and here and here and here and here) and England ( here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here).  Even the Home Secretary has been accused of hate speech for criticizing immigrant workers.

Prime Minister Theresa May has previously called for greater government control of the Internet.  Now, the government not only would make reading material on the Internet a crime, but would not necessarily tell you what sites will be deemed the ultimate click bait.  Rudd told a Conservative Party conference that she wants to crackdown on people “who view despicable terrorist content online, including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions.”   So sites deemed “far-right propaganda” (but not far-left propaganda) could lead to your arrest — leaving the government with a sweeping and ambiguous mandate.

The law would move from criminalizing the downloading of information to simply reading it.  The move confirms the long criticism of civil libertarians that the earlier criminalization would just be the start of an ever-expanding government regulation of sites and speech.  Rudd admits that she wants to arrest those who just read material but do not actually download the material.

In the past, the government assumed near total discretion in determining who had a “reasonable excuse” for downloading information.

Britain has long relied on the presumed benevolence of the government in giving its sweeping authority in the surveillance and regulation of speech, including the media.  This move however is a quantum shift in government controls over speech and information.  Indeed, this comes the closest to criminalization not just speech but thought. It is a dangerous concept and should be viewed as disqualifying for anyone who want to hold (or retain) high office.
What is particularly striking is that this new law seeks to create a new normal in a society already desensitized to government controls and speech crimes.  There is no pretense left in this campaign —  just a smiling face rallying people to the cause of thought control.
Sound familiar?
1984-Big-Brother“We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
George Orwell, 1984

140 thoughts on “Britain Moves To Criminalize Reading Extremist Material On The Internet”

  1. Well, there were the ‘Nazis’ with the impossible ‘6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’ and there were the ‘Nazis’ without the impossible ’6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’.

    The ‘6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’ are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the ‘holocaust’ scam debunked here:
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:

    The ‘holocaust’ storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. What sort of truth is it that denies free speech and the freedom to seek the truth? Truth needs no protection from scrutiny.

    1. Amber Rudd said “viewers of far right propaganda” would meet the full force of the law.

      On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 8:20 PM, JONATHAN TURLEY wrote:

      > sophiejo1 commented: “‘Extremist material’? Come on. Amber Rudd spoke only > of ‘terrorist websites’, i.e., those of ISIS and Daesh.” >

  2. The Brits are a funny bunch of sheople, they have always firmely believed that they lived in a democracy, always been boasting about and patronising others about it, and here you have it, the brits are the most docile sheople on the planet, you can do anything to them, they would never rebell, “That’s the way is is , In’it mate?”
    or “you don’t criticise your bosses”, or “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”

    1. Comments like yours don’t help the situation, The UK has long established Brainwashing techniques which are very clever, Things are changing though hence the drastic measures our bunch of tyrants are trying to bring in as law, they expose themselves evermore by some of the draconian measures they impose on us, which are NOT Lawful! People are beginnning to awaken they’re days are numbered, Pedophiles, thieves, and drug dealers. The US Is subject to Common Law like the UK, because of previous colonial ties, It is one of the oldest laws and cannot be usurped by LEGALESE..

  3. The UK has no constitutional guarantee of free speech like the US.

    Yet some of the current trends are developments from the subversive “agenda-networking” of the US New Left, notably Herbert Marcuse, for the “race-gender-class” revolution, with “no tolerance” for the “right” which is incrementally defined, that from small beginnings in e.g. local education authorities and some trade unions has spread upwards and outwards to become a state ideology in “England” known as “equality and diversity”, reinforced and frame-worked by legislation, and increasingly enforced. This is just a very brief note.

    On the other hand, “left extremism” is spread without much effective published opposition. See e.g. the indoctrination sweep of the huge “Holocaust Centre” to be erected opposite Parliament, as described by Sir Peter Bazalgette (The Observer, 08.10.17, p.17). Its targets will include “Islamophobia, homophobia and other forms of hatred and prejudice in society”.

    Incidentally, where are all the memorial/education centers covering the many million victims of the “red holocaust” (Steven Rosefielde) from Marxist-Leninist regimes and terrorists?

    1. UK has Freedom Of Speech under Common Law (King Alfred’s Law) The Uk is bombardered with brainwashing propaganda. There are thousands of people in the UK making waves under the media spotlight, Unfortunately people are just realising that Legal and Lawful are two different things.. British Constitution group, Lawful Rellion, are some of the groups making a stand. WE KNOW what’s going on and we are telling those who don’t have time to find out.. They ain’t sheep!

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