The actors who star in movie The Road to Guantanamo were questioned by police at Luton airport under anti-terrorism legislation, it has emerged.
The men, who play British inmates at the detention camp, were returning from the Berlin Film Festival where the movie won a Silver Bear award.
One of the actors, Rizwan Ahmed, said a police officer asked him if he intended to make any more “political” films.
“Six people were stopped under the Terrorism Act. This is something that happens all the time and obviously at airports and train stations,” said a spokeswoman.
“There is a heightened state of security since the London bombings. Public safety is paramount.”
Mr Ahmed also alleges that he was verbally abused by a police officer and had his mobile phone taken from him for a short period.
The actor also claims that he was told by police that he could be held for up to 48 hours without access to a lawyer.
(Source: BBC News)
I smell the ghosts of McCarthy and Stalin hovering over this affair, nodding their approval.
Notice the most chilling part, which I highlighted:
“One of the actors, Rizwan Ahmed, said a police officer asked him if he intended to make any more “political” films.”
How un-nerving is that? Knowing that the stormtrooper stopping you doesn’t for a minute suspect you of being a terrorist, they know full well that you’re an actor in an anti-US war crimes film. They’re harrassing you merely for the fun of it, because they can.
The other part I find appalling is when the spokeswoman blithely states, “it happens all the time.”
Perhaps it shouldn’t be happening all the time? Perhaps we shouldn’t be living in a police state where we can be stopped and questioned at any time under the vaguest of pretexts or just shot dead catching the tube.
She states that “public safety is paramount.” How can we be “safe” if we aren’t free? If we’re watched and interrogated at the whim of a police state, if we can be spirited away on CIA torture flights with no explanation, no charges, no trials?
That isn’t safety, that’s imprisonment.
Sheila Oliver, a 50-year-old typist in a hospital in Stockport, is fighting a superstore which exceeded the size permitted by the local authority by 1,670 sq metres (18,000 sq ft). “I’m only a little person, only an ordinary taxpayer,” she said. “But I write lots of letters. I’m good at rattling cages and being a pain in the backside. As a drop in the ocean trying to take this issue up, I got nowhere. But with the power of all the little people getting together we’re starting to achieve something.”
At the council’s request, Tesco recently submitted a retrospective planning application and acknowledges the oversize was a mistake. The supermarket has now cordoned-off 585 sq metres of floor space, a third of the area illegally constructed. Steve Parfett, the managing director of Parfett’s Cash and Carry, who is leading efforts by Stockport’s small businesss to cut the store down to size, said: “Cordoning off less than was illegally constructed is too little, too late. Justice demanded that we do something about this.”
(Source: The Guardian)
Hmmm… so Tesco went slightly over their legal limit when building their Stockport superstore. I mean, we understand, it can easily happen, can’t it? Just a bit of inattention by the builders and, whoops, the store is 18,000 square feet over-limit! That could happen to anyone! C’mon!
Think about how the law applies to individuals. Think about how it applies to you. Say if you were exceeding the speed limit slightly, in a Tesco manner. Imagine you were doing, say, 260mph in a 30mph zone. Would the law be equally forgiving to you in your Tesco-sized mistake?
I really don’t know why anyone bothers being a traditional criminal any more. Simply form a company and you can do whatever you want, break any laws you feel like, murder people with no consequences, pay no taxes like Rupert Murdoch. It’s great!
Please go and have a look at Tescopoly.
Tonight’s best new track was Victor Scott’s sublime ‘Chimp Farm.’ It’s very short but amazingly sweet, a tickly mixture of jazz guitar chords and loony synth solo. Everyone I’ve played this track to has loved it. Why not treat yourself to Mr. Scott’s album which you can buy for THREE QUID! Yep, three pounds gets you his whole album and a bonus album too. You really can’t go wrong, if you like music which is frenetically eclectic and loves jumping the genre rails. Have a look here for details.
The best old track was Gorilla Biscuit’s ‘Start Today.’ Really, what else could you want from a straight-edge hardcore song than this? Astonishingly fresh and powerful, all these years later.
Tonight, you heard:
Centro-Matic – Calling Thermatico
Vitalic – Wooo
MF Grimm – Get Down Feat. DJ Ekim
Descendents – GCF
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Criminal Piece
Funkstorung – Bjork ‘All Is Full Of Love (In Love With Funkstorung Remix)’
Sol Seppy – Come Running
Grayskul – Living Nightmares
Ochre – Drink Malk
Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today
Youth Of Today – Flame Still Burns
Islands – Rough Gem
Agent Simple – Make A Right At Jordsfallmotet
Venetian Snares – Epidermis
El Da Sensei – Crowd Pleasa
Victor Scott – Chimp Farm
The Knife – Silent Shout
Remembering Never – The Glutton
The Hartmans – Indiependent
Roots Manuva – No Love
Goldspot – Friday
Modeselektor – Dancingbox (Featuring TTC)
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Parakit
The Shins – New Slang
Saskrotch – Super Spy Hunter
Perceptionists – Black Dialogue
Herman Dune – Not On Top
Riddle Of Steel – Baby Bird
Marco Passarani – Again
Kelley Stoltz – Birdies Singing
Mad Son – 10 Days Left
Grandaddy – Elevate Myself
VAEG – The Sturgeon
Norfolk & Western – A Gilded Age
Sibiria – Hat Tillbaks
The Field Mice – Fabulous Friend
Masta Ace & Stricklin – The Hitman (Vocal)
Acustic – Flow
The Ladies – Non-Threatening
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Live)
Junip – The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Trembling Blue Stars – ABBA On The Jukebox