The War Against Terror has reached a new high-point:
A British teenager who is accused of possessing material for terrorist purposes has appeared in court. The 17-year-old, who was arrested in the Dewsbury area of West Yorkshire on Monday, was given bail after a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. It is alleged he had a copy of the “Anarchists’ Cookbook”, containing instructions on how to make home-made explosives.
I’m happy to admit that as a teenager, I downloaded (actually, I vaguely seem to recall I copied the floppy disc from a mate because I didn’t have Internet access at the time) the Anarchists’ Cookbook, as did most of my friends. Some of us may even have gone on to make home-made explosives; some of these may possibly have been quite fun.
I mean, is this unusual? Was I in some kind of proto-terror-cell without realising? Or is ‘getting hold of instructions for illicit things and doing a few of the more minor ones’ the sort of thing that most geeky male adolescents do at some point? I’d always rather assumed the latter, in which case what the raging, flying fuck are we doing prosecuting some poor boy under the Terrorism Act for, err, being normal?
Post your ‘if the current lot had been in power when I was a kid I’d still be in Guantanamo today’ confessions below.
Update: I’d forgotten that last time we had a crazy terror panic, people of unfashionable ethnicities were also locked up for possessing the Anarchist’s Cookbook, or “conspiring to commit crimes unknown against persons unknown in places unknown”, as it was known in those days.