Wednesday, 13 May 2009

93% were not found to be terrorists

Of the 1,471 people arrested as suspected terrorists since September 11th 2001, only 15% were charged as terrorists and 7% convicted as terrorists. Another 6% were convicted of other offences. At the bottom of this article you will find a table showing the breakdown of these convictions. Some appear to be minor offences.

You can read the Home Office statistics, or the Reuters summary. I link to the Reuters article, as it would seem that few of the Churnalists have actually read the original document... You can tell this as most say 'over 1400 people', rather than 1,471, though the BBC seems to have read the statistics.

So is this a conspiracy to alienate and spread fear; or is it a cockup, in that they just keep arresting people and then thinking what they can do with them?

The fact is that in the UK we have almost nothing to fear from terrorism.

Unless they keep it in the news we would soon stop worrying about it, and realise that our elected leaders are a bunch of self-interested idiots.

A breakdown of the non-terrorist convictions...
Criminal Law Act 1977
Conspiracy to purchase ammunition 4
Conspiracy to defraud 7
Placing or dispatching articles to cause a bomb hoax 7
Criminal Justice Act 1988
Money laundering 3
Identity Cards Act 2006
With intent knowingly obtain another’s ID document 7
Other offences
Firearms Act 1968 12
Explosive Substances Act 1883 1
Forgery & Counterfeiting Act 1981 37
Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 8
Road Traffic Act 1988 7
Theft Acts 1968 & 1978 18
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 3
Criminal Damage Act 1971 & Malicious Damage Act 1861 3
Other (5) 45
total... 162


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