July 21, 2005 2:51 PM PDT

U.K. to crack down on terrorist sites

The British government has announced plans to clamp down on people who run Web sites that incite terrorism.

In a parliamentary speech Wednesday, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said that in going beyond the boundaries of usual national security measures, the government would have to "tread carefully" around free speech.

Clarke said: "I have decided that it is right to broaden the use of these powers to deal with those who foment terrorism, or seek to provoke others to commit terrorist acts. To that end, I intend to draw up a list of unacceptable behaviors that fall within those powers--for example, preaching, running Web sites or writing articles that are intended to foment or provoke terrorism."

According to Hansard, the report of proceedings in the U.K. Houses of Parliament, Clarke said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and intelligence agencies are to build a database that contains details of people who provoke terrorism.

Immigration officers will have access to the database, which ministers could also use when deciding whether to exclude people from the United Kingdom, Clarke said.

Although other specific measures are yet to be announced, the government is planning changes to the law that would make it easier to deport religious extremists.

Clarke added: "Where there are grounds for considering that a person has been engaged in such activities, or will do so in the U.K., exclusion will be considered. I have asked my officials together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the intelligence agencies to establish a full database of individuals around the world who have demonstrated the relevant behaviors."

Dan Ilett of Silicon.com reported from London.

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took his time
i can't believe it took two bombing events to make the government crack down on terrorists after the spectacle of singing racial hate songs and burning a union jack. it was demanded that these people leave the country yet they were allowed to stay on state benefits and the law protected them from backlash.
i welcome this bill. there will be people preaching human rights because these scum will almost certainly be tortured and executed in their home country. if that is the case i want a plane ticket over there to watch it. :D
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took his time
i can't believe it took two bombing events to make the government crack down on terrorists after the spectacle of singing racial hate songs and burning a union jack. it was demanded that these people leave the country yet they were allowed to stay on state benefits and the law protected them from backlash.
i welcome this bill. there will be people preaching human rights because these scum will almost certainly be tortured and executed in their home country. if that is the case i want a plane ticket over there to watch it. :D
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Hurrah the Poms...
Blair and his corporate stooges lie to go right along with Bush & Howard etc., and thier corporate stooges, to invade another country - to steal their oil, and they refuse to take the hint that they and their stupid soldiers are not welcome, and when they fight back, out comes the Nazi witch hunts against the "terrorists".

All kudos to the freedom fighters of Iraq.
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Hurrah the Poms...
Blair and his corporate stooges lie to go right along with Bush & Howard etc., and thier corporate stooges, to invade another country - to steal their oil, and they refuse to take the hint that they and their stupid soldiers are not welcome, and when they fight back, out comes the Nazi witch hunts against the "terrorists".

All kudos to the freedom fighters of Iraq.
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terrorist remedy
Yeah i think the UK govt should not give British Nationalities or citizenship to terrorists. Pleae note most terrorists caught all have british or american nationalities.
so please think carefully before blaming any other country.

George
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terrorist remedy
Yeah i think the UK govt should not give British Nationalities or citizenship to terrorists. Pleae note most terrorists caught all have british or american nationalities.
so please think carefully before blaming any other country.

George
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