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Magna Carta no more?
According to Project Gutenberg (eBooks Readable by both Humans and Computers since 4 July 1971) there is a rather worrying thing which has happened involving the Magna Carta. A long time ago people made the king sign the Magna Carta to reduce the problem where the establishment had too much power. Since then there has been such a thing as civil rights, and it was reasonable to assume that these rights would continue, and that supposedly democratic governments would never dare to claim tyrannical powers again. But this news item tells a different story...
THE MAGNA CARTA IS DEAD! LONG LIVE ANTI-TERRORISM!
The Magna Carta, the foundation of democracy and human rights, for about 800 years, and chosen as Project Gutenberg's 10,000th eBook selection, has just been voided by Parliament in London.
Civil rights expressly granted now by over 100 governments around the world have just now been overthrown by their founding country in an election year bid by various parties and coalitions of the U. K. Parliament, and many predict that such rights will now continue to disappear in what is generally known as "domino effect."
Countries that previously condemned and outlawed such powers on the general principles of freedom and democracy became terrorist regimes by their own definitions after 9/11, and these practices were finally ruled as illegal as a three judge panel had finally ruled three months ago that that eight foreign terror suspects has been illegally imprisoned in violation of human rights laws.
However, with a Parliamentary election expected in two months, both the Conservative and Labour parties wanted to appear very tough on terrorism, even to the point of being publicly chastised for debasing the very foundations of their country to do so.
Britain's lower house passed just such a bill four times, and it was defeated four times in the upper house in marathon sessions that eventually lasted well over 24 hours.
However, in the end, when all was said and done, the civil rights of humanity were dealt a severe blow by the very country who made them in the Magna Carta nearly 800 years ago.
After years in prison without being charged, these eight are now still under arrest, though now it is a "house arrest" under which they are confined from 7PM to 7AM and report to the government any time they enter or leave the house, even though they had already been forced to wear electronic monitor tags that tell government agents where they are at any given moment.
In addition, these eight are not allowed at any gatherings other than standard prayers at their mosques, or to have any contact with the outside world from home via cell phones, the Internet, etc.
No visitors are allowed other than lawyers, doctors, children, etc., other than someone providing goods or services. Only one bank account is allowed per person, to be severely monitored by the government.
Even the most staunch supporters of giving away the public's freedom to do battle with terrorism fear that this is all just electioneering on the parts of those passing this law, as it would appear prisoners were being held without rights long before 9/11, just not with quite so much publicity. [The Irish Republicans, for example.]
There are serious questions as to how long such a law can remain in existence in a democracy, and how long a democracy can remain under such law.
This is one issue that is going to come back to haunt its authors.
So, there it is, the supposedly modern day Parliament has got rid of the old Magna Carta and imposed some arbitrary rules involving imprisonment without trial, witch trial justice, and a method of doing away with anyone it doesn't like. This kind of thing has happened before and it might happen again, but the important thing is to not let them get away with it.
Also see Internet freedom, other libertarian stuff, the myth of democracy, etc.