Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Saudi Arabia demonstrates the slippery slope of 'anti-terrorism'

Saudi Arabia’s new anti-terrorism law to criminalise any form of dissent - including demanding political reform and exposing corruption
Saudi Arabia has put into effect a sweeping counter-terrorism law that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.

The law states that any act that “undermines” the state or society, including calls for regime change in Saudi Arabia, can be tried as an act of terrorism. It also grants security services broad powers to raid homes and track phone calls and internet activity.

Human rights activists were alarmed by the law, and said it was clearly aimed at keeping the kingdom’s ruling Al Saud family firmly in control. Demands for democratic reform have grown louder since the Arab Spring protests that shook the Middle East and North Africa region in 2011 and toppled long-time autocrats.
This is the end point governments want to reach with their usage of the 'terrorist' label if we let them and continue to believe them.

In the future there will be no law and order (only corporate policy and terrorism).

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Nazayh Zanidean is a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized construction contractor in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing as a hobby on topics that include foreign policy, international human rights, security and systemic media bias.

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