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Articles from 2004

  • 30 November 2004
    by SACC
    KM was arrested in December 2002 ostensibly on immigration charges and detained in Belmarsh Prison for over a year. As he tells his story exclusively to, KM reveals the conditions inside 'Britain's Guantanamo Bay' and the impact of his detention upon his family. He provides an insight into the lives of some of the Muslim detainees, held under anti-terrorist legislation, and how they cope with their day-to-day lives in captivity.
  • 26 October 2004
    by A. L. Kennedy

    Article in The Guardian by A L Kennedy
    We have to remember that torture is also as British as the monkeys on Gibraltar. We love it. We tested it throughout our empire, and now we gladly supply the mercenaries, and restraints and devices, that make it really swing...
    Even more thrillingly, we'll now accept evidence obtained by torture in other regimes - just like our clever pals in the US administration who've also ensured their staff appointments, command structures and on-the-ground levels of alcohol abuse guarantee consistent levels of coalition cruelty.

    Torture, the British Way by A L Kennedy

  • 18 October 2004
    SACC member Ann Alexander is interviewed by CAGE. Ann has been been writing for some time to Rachid Ramda, an Algerian man who has been held in Belmarsh Prison for 9 years as a result of an unsuccessful attempt by the French government to extradite him to face terrorism charges. She has also corresponded with some of the men interned under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, and has met some of their families. She has visited Rachid in prison twice - the only visitor he had ever had until that time. Ann says "I look forward to the day when we are marching through London, in the numbers who turn out for the anti-war marches, protesting about the erosion of human rights in Britain."
  • 17 September 2004
    by Naomi Klein

    Article in The Guardian Weekly by Naomi Klein
    Common wisdom has it that after 9/11 a new era of geopolitics was ushered in, defined by what is usually called the Bush doctrine: pre-emptive wars, attacks on terrorist infrastructure (read: entire countries), an insistence that all the enemy understands is force. In fact, it would be more accurate to call this rigid worldview the Likud doctrine. What happened on September 11, 2001, is that the Likud doctrine, previously targeted against Palestinians, was picked up by the most powerful nation on earth and applied on a global scale. Call it the Likudisation of the world: the real legacy of 9/11.

    The Likud Doctrine, by Naomi Klein

  • 11 September 2004
    by Rachel Shabi

    The definitive article about detentions and arrests in Britain, by Rachel Shabi. British political prisoner Babar Ahmad recommends it!

  • 29 August 2004
    by Martin Bright
    Prisoner 'A': no charge, no trial, no conviction and no release date. In the first interview with a detainee under the government's emergency powers, Martin Bright reveals the life of a father trapped in legal limbo
  • 12 August 2004
    by Harmit Athwal (IRR)

    Discussion of the UK's tough anti-terrorist laws has focused on the low conviction rate for those arrested under their powers. What is ignored is that, of those who are convicted, many are not Muslim but are White Ulster Loyalists and/or racists. And most of the convictions are for minor offences.

    Analysis by the Institute for Race Relations

  • 29 July 2004
    by Ann Alexander
    Letter from Ann Alexander to the Muslim News about the plight of the detainees and their families.
  • 05 May 2004
    by Audrey Gillan (The Guardian)

    After several months of legal action, the Guardian has won the right to interview foreign nationals being held without charge on suspicion of terrorist involvement. Audrey Gillan goes inside Broadmoor high security hospital and talks to Mahmoud Abu Rideh about being locked up with no prospect of release and why he has tried to kill himself

    Interview with Abu Rideh - The Guardian