How Britain Bypassed Justice to become a Counter-Terrorism State

“Sixteen years since the first general terrorism act, 15 years since 9/11, 11 years since 7/7, this is what it is like to live in a State that Counters Terror: a society where the state does not trust its citizens and its citizens don’t trust the state, or each other.

With more terrorism legislation on the way and plans to revoke the Human Rights Act, what kind of society will we become in the next 15 years?

That is the question that should be at the forefront of all our minds.”



An excellent overview by Dr Maria Norris on how Britain has become an on-edge security state.  For further reading on the ideologues and philosophy driving the “closed society” see:

Neoconservatism: Why we don’t need it and why it must be opposed.

Fifteen years on from 9/11, how the UK bypassed justice to become a counter-terrorism state

By Dr Maria Norris

The sinister story of legislation in Britain following the New York terrorist attacks.

Fifteen years since 9/11. 11 years since 7/7. 16 years of counter-terrorism legislation in the United Kingdom.

Before the Terrorism Act 2000, terrorism legislation was made up of a series of temporary, but renewable measures. Even in the height of The Troubles, terrorism legislation was regarded as temporary emergency measures.

Now, the UK has several pieces of terrorism legislation such as the Terrorism Act 2000, the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001, the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, the…

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