They don’t seem to mind how Bakri himself threatened the rule of law by his stated intention to work toward the day that the black flag of Islam would fly over 10 Downing Street. From The Independent, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Lawyers and civil liberties campaigners have warned that the Government is threatening the “rule of law” and very basis of democracy in Britain with plans to tell judges how to interpret the Human Rights Act.
They accused the Government of trying to “beat up” the judiciary and making them choose between “torture and terror” after it warned courts they may have to deport Islamic extremists.
The claims came as the extremist cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed was barred from returning to Britain. Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, ruled that his presence was “not conducive to the public good”.
The so-called Tottenham ayatollah, who provoked fury when he reportedly referred to the London suicide bombers as the “fantastic four”, left last week for a holiday in Lebanon. After days of conflicting signals over the Government’s response, the Home Office announced that Mr Clarke had revoked Mr Bakri’s permission to live in Britain and that he would be prevented from setting foot in this country.
The move was welcomed across the political spectrum and by moderate Muslim groups, but was condemned by Mr Bakri’s spokesman as a defeat for free speech. The announcement means that if he flew to Britain he would be detained and returned on the first flight to Lebanon. Home Office officials believe he fled because of the threat of facing a treason charge for his pronouncements on the London bombings.
Yesterday Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the Lord Chancellor, issued a direct challenge to judges when he warned the Government was planning changes to the Human Rights Act to force the courts to consider “national security” when considering deportations.
“I want a law which says the Home Secretary, supervised by the courts, has to balance the rights of the individual deportee against risk to national security,” the minister said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “That may involve an Act which says, ‘this is the correct interpretation of the European Convention (on Human Rights)’.”