Saudi Law Defines Terrorism As Defaming The State!

Feb 4th, 2014 | By | Category: News Posts

 

Smiles then, but none now

King Abdullah and President Obama.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has just approved a law passed by the legislature that broadly defines “terrorism” in this nation.

According to the law, terrorism is  “any act carried out by an offender … intended to disturb the public order…to shake the security of society… stability of the state… expose its national unity to danger… suspend the basic law of governance or some of its articles.”

Terrorism under this draconian law also includes those who “insult the reputation of the state or its position… inflict damage upon one of its public utilities or its natural resources,” or those who attempt to force “governmental authority to carry out or prevent it from carrying out an action, or to threaten to carry out acts that lead to the named purposes or incite [these acts].”

Individuals suspected of being “terrorists” under this definition can be arrested and detained for up to six months with confinement extended for an additional six months. Suspects can also be held without the presence of their lawyer for up to 90 days.

Internet surveillance and phone tracking are also allowed under this legislation – and security forces can raid homes of suspected “terrorists” without the prior approval of a judge.

Human Rights Watch is outraged by Saudi Arabia’s vast expansion of what it considers terrorism. According to HRW: “Vague and overbroad legal provisions cannot be the basis for overriding a broad array of fundamental rights.  Saudi Arabia’s denial of the rights to participate in public affairs, and freedom of religion, peaceful assembly, association, and expression, as well as its systematic discrimination against women greatly exceed any notion of justifiable restrictions.”

Saudi Arabia, of course, is considered an “ally” by Obama in his effort to overthrow Bashar Assad of Syria. Yet, under Assad, there was a measure of religious freedom for Christians and other religious minorities. In Saudi Arabia, there are no churches and security forces routinely persecute Christians and other non-Muslims in that nation. And, the Saudis are openly funding terrorist groups to overthrow Assad.

Why should the U.S. government side with an Islamic dictatorship that is ruthless in its treatment of Christians and funds terrorist groups seeking to overthrow the Syrian government?

Read more: ‘With or without West’: Saudi Arabia ready for unilateral action on Syria; ​Saudi Arabia criminalizes ‘terrorists’ defaming state’s reputation, disturbing order.

 

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