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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Post-9/11, 35,000 Worldwide Convicted for Terror

Its funny sometimes, reading news from other countries, especially when it comes to terrorism anything.
According to the Jakarta globe here, terrorism laws are bad for human rights, arresting and jailing people for joining groups that are affiliated with Al Qaeda, is just not right it seems;the U.N. agrees...

“Originally the approach was the more the merrier, the stronger counter-terror laws, the better for the security of the world. But that was a serious mistake,” said Martin Sheinin, UN special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism. “Nowadays people are realizing the abuse and even the actual use of counterterror laws is bad for human rights and also bad for actually stopping terrorism.”

So I guess it would be better to sit back and pick up the pieces of a suicide bomber and his or her victims after the fact instead of say, arresting them before hand ?

The view of some people on how to be kind to terrorists is absolutely Mind numbing.


At least 35,000 people worldwide have been convicted as terrorists in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. But while some bombed hotels or blew up buses, others were put behind bars for waving a political sign or blogging about a protest.

In the first tally ever done of global anti-terror arrests and convictions, The Associated Press documented a surge in prosecutions under new or toughened anti-terror laws, often passed at the urging and with the funding of the West. Before 9/11, just a few hundred people were convicted of terrorism each year.

The sheer volume of convictions, along with almost 120,000 arrests, shows how a keen global awareness of terrorism has seeped into societies, and how the war against it is shifting to the courts. But it also suggests that dozens of countries are using the fight against terrorism to curb political dissent.

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