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Remove Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 which relates to possession of information ‘likely to be useful’ to a terrorist

1 Comment 2nd July 2010

Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is an utterly unacceptable infringement on the right of citizens to carry out research, as it makes it an offence to possess information "of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism", regardless of the intention behind such possession.

Section 58 should be repealed immediately, as the provision in appendix 3 is too vague to provide reasonable protection to citizens.

Why does this matter?

Section 58 (like much of the Terrorism Act 2000) is not only unnecessary, but also fundamentally and unequivocally illiberaly. Such controls have no place in a modern and civilised society.

That the law does not require any intent to utilise such information for terrorist purposes is unacceptable, and sets an appalling precedent.


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