Lyrical terrorist conviction quashed

June 17, 2008

lyrical terrorist

The self-dubbed “Lyrical terrorist”, the first woman to be convicted under section 58 of the Terrorism Act in November 2007 after writing poems celebrating the beheading of non-Muslims, has had the conviction quashed by the court of appeal.

Samina Malik was found guilty of “collecting personal information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism” – she possessed various documents including the al-Qaida Manual, the Terrorist’s Handbook, the Mujahideen Poisons Handbook and several military manuals – but it seemed at the time that the jury was more concerned about her poetry.

One of her poems, called How to Behead, said: “It’s not messy or as hard as some may think, It’s all about the flow of the wrist… You’ll feel the knife hit the wind and food pipe, But Don’t Stop, Continue with all your might.”

Malik called herself the Lyrical Terrorist because she thought it sounded “cool”.  There was no suggestion that she actually was a terrorist.  But the Daily Mail at the time made loads of fuss about the fact that she worked in an airside newsagents at Heathrow Airport… like maybe she was going to hijack a plane or something.

The Terrorism Act made the possession of “terrorist handbooks” and military manuals illegal.  But the court of appeal has since ruled that possession of such material is a crime only if it can be linked to an actual terrorist attack.  Which is just as well – a government that bans books deserves no respect.


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How to get free wireless internet access

June 6, 2008

Hi!! Long time no post, eh? That’s cos I’ve got loads of shit to do irl at the moment. But I don’t want to disappoint my loyal readers 😉 so here’s an article I’ve “syndicated” from wikiHow. Enjoy… and normal service will be resumed when I can get round to it…

How to Get Free WiFi from Your City or Town

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Free citywide and municipal Wi-Fi is growing faster than ever with new downtown hotzones popping up every day. While these networks provide a great public service, coverage typically extends only a limited distance beyond Main Street. Learn how to find and connect to your local free wifi networks.

Steps

  1. Find out if your city has a public wifi network by checking Wi-FiHotSpotList.com.
  2. Download a free wifi finding software such as the one at NetStumbler.com.
  3. Make or buy an inexpensive directional wireless booster cantenna and connect it to your computer’s wifi card, pcmcia card, or your access point.
  4. Scan the horizon with your antenna and look for the free network you found in the directory. It is best to point the cantenna out a high window with a clear line of sight to the public network
  5. Once you find the network, connect and set up your antenna in the position that gives you the best signal strength.

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