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This is terrifyingly fucked-up, no?

When her bedroom was searched police found a ringbinder full of documents as well as a bracelet bearing the word “jihad”.

There was also a sticker on a mirror inside the door, bearing the words “lyrical terrorist”.

Also found were publications from an Islamist extremist group called Followers of Ahl us-Sunnah Wal-Jammaa’ah, linked to another group, The Saved Sect, and to the extremist cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri.

In a box file in the family lounge was a printed version of the “declaration of war” by Osama bin Laden.

A young woman faces the possibility of a jail sentence for an internet alias, some poems, and a couple of books. Oh, how marvelously the liberal democracies are protecting our freedoms.

So, she’s been given a nine month suspended sentence; good that she’s not been imprisoned, but of course still appalling that she was convicted in the first place. The CPS said: “Samina Malik was not prosecuted for writing poetry. Ms Malik was convicted of collecting information, without reasonable excuse, of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.” So that’s alright then; it’s not illegal to write, just to read.


  1. echeneida, 11:14 pm, November 8, 2007

    It seems a dubious kind of support (even if she herself has resorted to this in legal self-defense) to deny that Malik’s stated convictions have any political substance. If her desire “to have the death of a shaheed” and public opposition to the existing regime represent no potential threat to it, what does?

  2. voyou, 11:56 pm, November 8, 2007

    I don’t know, maybe some actual substantive plans to overthrow the existing regime? I realize that liberal democracy is, in the last instance, the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie; but I think we’ve become accustomed to the ideology of liberal democracy providing some space for the expression, and organization, of opposition to the existing regime. If the gloves have come off, and the UK is now directly the dictatorship it has always been implicitly, well, that’s not wholly unexpected. But it’s reasonable to be somewhat opposed to that outcome, no?

  3. richardM, 3:59 pm, November 12, 2007

    standard western hypocrisy
    standard western double-standards
    standard western response to a non-existent threat.
    standard western fear mongering by the media, judiciary and government.
    so much for freedom of speech
    so much for freedom in general

  4. free samina malik, 1:14 pm, November 15, 2007

    free samina malik


  5. moll, 8:25 pm, November 15, 2007

    Well put TIm.

    And of course, who of us didn’t do a quick mental search of our bookcases and internet downloads after reading about this?

  6. moll, 1:48 pm, November 22, 2007

    An interesting related case is being reported today:

    “Scientists contacted by Nature say that AS-level coursework would be unlikely to help a terrorist.”

    If poetry is terror, then the idea that A level chemistry is also terror shouldn’t be so surprising. Maybe if I’d have known that at the time I was taking it, I would have paid more attention.

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  8. Paul, 6:22 pm, December 4, 2007

    This girl is a racist.

    If it had been a BNP member lyrically wanking about slitting black people’s throats would you be so “tolerant” ?

    Guess certain types of racist are acceptable to you ?

  9. voyou, 9:00 pm, December 4, 2007

    A racist? Really? I haven’t heard that she said anything derogatory or prejudiced against people of color, but maybe I missed that.

  10. Colby Adams, 11:07 am, December 6, 2007

    A label doesn’t exist, then. I assume you know that ‘kuffir’ is an exclusionist, derogatory term appplied by some to non-Muslims which roughly translates to ‘heathen’.
    What’s a religious dimension of bigotry called?

  11. Kufi, 1:50 am, December 7, 2007

    Freedom of speach is one thing but if you got a person wanting to cut your head off get them before they get you.

    We need to get rid of all worship and go to a secular world.

  12. Reggie, 1:55 am, December 7, 2007

    We need to kill and use violence against all violent people and murderers!

    Santa Claus isnot going to be bringing her no presents!

  13. Dan, 12:47 am, December 18, 2007

    Damn; I missed this one through being out of the UK. That’s pretty outrageous.

  14. echeneida, 7:03 pm, December 31, 2007

    I’d like to point out, now that nobody will read this, that my devil’s-advocacy above was both obnoxious and shameful

  15. Dave, 12:34 pm, January 1, 2008

    And yet, echeneida, your first post goes to the heart of why she is indeed a threat to the ruling powers, even without any substantive threat of violence from her. She’s more dangerous in the context of these ideas, because she poses no credible threat to the force that backs up the political order. Making certain kinds of information illegal is better than controlling your thoughts, because it consigns thoughts to the role of the pure idea; governments are not in the business of controlling thoughts, but rather in the business of controlling praxis.

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