Refusing to allow Police to access your mobile phone has become a criminal offence. Police Abuse Of Powers – Civil Liberties Eroding!
The Magna Carta
In the year 1215, England was under threat of civil war. The Barons of England pressured King John into accepting that he was also subject to the rule of law. From this political struggle, the Magna Carta (the great charter) was born. The Magna Carta is known as the first piece of legislation that guaranteed certain liberties and rights to every Englishman.
The Magna Carta had become the precursor to Universal Human Rights, the American Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. This profoundly important document inspired the growth of civil liberties the world over. The enactment of Magna Carta brought a halt to growing fears of civil war in England, and as a result, it inspired others to fight for their freedom from tyrannical rule.
The Magna Carta states:
“No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled; nor will we proceed with force against him except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.”
The Magna Carta’s influence on the course of western civilisation cannot be underestimated.
The Terrorism Act 2000
Recently Paul Golding returned to Britain after visiting Russia, when he landed on British soil he was pulled in by counter-terrorism police at the airport. Paul Golding may have a reputation because of his political activism, but he is no terrorist. Paul was asked by Police to give them access to his mobile phone, not giving him any specific reason for the request he told them where to go, he refused to open his phone to them.
Because Paul Golding refused to give Police access to private information contained in his mobile phone, they charged him under anti-terror legislation – The Terrorism Act 2000. Remember, Paul is not a terrorist; he is not a member of a terrorist organisation and has no previous convictions for anything terror-related. Paul now faces up to six months in prison for refusing to let Police gain access to his phone.
In a nutshell, Police have used anti-terror legislation to prosecute someone for daring to protect his right to privacy. Paul Golding’s civil liberties have been denied by Police serving the British State; they have enforced draconian and tyrannical powers over a man who is entitled to a legal right to privacy. British Police have used and continue to abuse powers that we the people have handed to them. British Police in the 21st-century abuse the kind of powers which caused English Barons to rebel against King John in the 13th century. It was an abuse of power that brought England to the brink of civil war.
Today we fight for our civil liberties, our freedoms, and our right to privacy. Today we fight a tyrannical Police force happy to abuse powers we have given them through our democratic vote. No matter your personal thoughts on Paul Golding or his political party, as Tommy said repeatedly, this issue is bigger than him, it’s bigger than Paul Golding.
We have a right to live as free men and women without the intrusion of a totalitarian state. We have the right to a fair trial and to be judged by our equals, not shuffled away into a kangaroo court, denied a jury, then sentenced to prison by a judge who does not honour the document responsible for creating western civilisation as we know it.
Is the Magna Carta lost to us all?