When will people get the clue that terrorists are just criminals like anyone else. They need action taking against them, but no reason for it to be out of proportion to what they do. They are lower risk of hurting people than car drivers by orders of magnitude.
I have no idea if this story is true (see image). But the concern is that stories like this, and similar stupid stories of abuse of terrorism laws, are serving to change the way people behave in their daily life. People are scared of speaking their mind. The fact that other laws like the Telecoms Act were used to attack a tweeter is all part of this crap.
The fact that there are groups of people scaring the population in to changing the way they live, creating fear and intimidation, means there are terrorists - people creating terror. Sadly it is the governments and law makers and police that are causing this fear. People are afraid they will be victim of terrorism laws or interpretation of those laws by police. So they (the governments and the police) are, by any definition, the terrorists - creating the terror - no? Or have I misunderstood what terrorism means.
I am not at all afraid of being the victim of some bombing - I know the stats - it is not going to happen. But I worry about taking my big camera to London for fear of an argument. I feel sure I'll win the argument (or get a good blog post out of it), but that feels to me like a real risk of something happening. It is probably also statistically unlikely, but that is far more of a fear for me than being bombed. So who is creating the terror there exactly?
I thought that America was one place you could speak your mind - freedom of speech. Is that no longer true?