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12 Sep, 2011

End of innocence: a world-changing event – Ramesh Thakur

Terrorism is an extreme denial of the most basic human right, namely to life, and it creates an environment in which people cannot live in freedom from fear and enjoy their other rights. But the threat of terrorism can be used by governments to enact laws that curtail civil liberties and political freedoms.

Without new or amended laws, governments used the rhetoric of the war on terrorism as an alibi to stifle dissent and intimidate and imprison political opponents.

One simple but common technique is to reverse the burden of proof: those accused of terrorist activities and sympathies on the basis of accusations by anonymous people are presumed to be guilty until proven innocent of unspecified charges.

via End of innocence: a world-changing event – Local News – News – News Features – Newcastle Herald.