The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny
James Madison – 4th President of the United States of America and signatory to the Declaration of Independence.
If you think the votes that will take place over the next two days on the Terrorism Bill are about the ‘glorification of terrorism’, then like the BBC in this report, you have got things very badly wrong.
Having read through the order papers for the debate on the Terrorism Bill, the explicit offence of ‘glorifying terrorism’ has gone – it’s just not in there – nor do any of the amendments tabled by the government reintroduce such an offence.
What is in there is the offence of ‘encouraging terrorism’ which does include the notion that one may indirectly encourage others to commit terrorist acts and this does, in addition, include the idea that one may commit this offence if one is reckless in making statements relating to terrorism. It is this indirect component of this offence which makes it different from the offence of ‘incitement’.
The main amendment to this section of the Bill that the government will be moving today seeks not to reintroduce the offence of glorifying terrorism but merely to remove a definition of ‘indirect encouragement’ inserted by the Lords, which reads as follows:
For the purposes of this section, “indirect encouragement