Thought Crime?

Posted on Thu 26 July 2007 in misc

The sentencing of 4 young men today for downloading and discussing Jihadist material makes me a little uneasy. As far as I can tell none of them had planned any attacks although they did head out for training. The youngest student Raja got two years youth detention although he spent 3 days in Afghanistan before getting cold feet and going home. On balance it was probably right to bring this prosecution but where exactly is the line you can't cross. Am I a terrorist because I have read the Anarchists Cookbook? Would the judgement be any difference if the colour of my skin was different or I had religious beliefs?