When I read the news earlier today that Umar Uthman, more commonly known as Shaikh Abu Qatada, had been arrested pending deportation on the basis of “diplomatic assurances” from the torturers haven of Jordan, I could scarcely believe my eyes. How far down the road of racism and bigotry has this country gone, MPs seeking to satisfy a baying conglomerate of media and public, eager to take their frustrations of a declining country out on a 52 year old disabled man who they wish to suffer in the most despicable ways.
Not enough was it for them to keep a man without charge for 11 years in captivity, denying him the most basic rights and freedoms, simply because of a despotic government seeking to blame him for their peoples anger against so-called “King Abdullah”. Shaikh Abu Qatadah spent years in a small unit of eight people for no crime or charge, but instead because a foreign dictator demanded his deportation. Britain has now it seemed pandered to a man whose prisons torture 66 in 100 prisoners (Human Rights Watch, 2008). Worse is that this so-called Government of the United Kingdom seems to be encouraging it.
Now, there are those in the blackshirts who might say that he deserves it, where were the rights of the victims, and all the rest of the claptrap that the media likes to wheel out. In the midst of a drunken haze, it could look like a half-point, until we look at the history of the man called Abu Qatada and we see that he has never been involved in any crime.
The solitary charge, for which Theresa May now takes Torturer-in-Chief Abdullah’s words at face value, is one of conspiracy to attack civillians in Jordan in 2000. The only evidence in this Al Qaeda plot (which I am sure will come out in that bastion of virtue, the Jordan Military Court) is an alleged intercepted conversation between Abu Zubaydah and one other individual. The fact that Abu Zubaydah (who still remains without charge in Guantanamo Bay) has been declared by the USA NOT to be a member of Al Qaeda is irrelevant to the wheels of justice in the paranoid terror state of Jordan. More importantly, there is no record of Abu Qatadah knowing any of these individuals, of speaking to these individuals, or indeed any evidence whatsoever of his involvement in any plot (and it is extremely spurious there was never a plot in the first place).
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