The United Kingdom has been told by the foreign communists of the European Courts of Human Rights that it cannot deport the terrorist Abu Qatada to Jordan. Reports The Telegraph: “In a landmark judgment (sic), the court said that Qatada would not receive a fair trial if he was returned to his native Jordan where he faces charges that he plotted bomb attacks on two hotels and providing finance and advice for another series of bomb attacks to coincide with the Millennium.” It’s a landmark judgement because “It is the first time that the Court has found that an expulsion would be in violation of Article 6, which reflects the international consensus that the use of evidence obtained through torture makes a fair trial impossible.”
Well hang on. Qatada has no “right” to reside in Britain. He came here as a refugee on a false passport. He is a guest and nothing more. Since he arrived he has drained hundreds of thousands of pounds in welfare and carried on with terror-related activity. Only a sovereign power can bestow “rights” upon guests, and the only right he has while here is the same protection under English law which everyone else has. Since he’s a guest, in a supposedly sovereign nation, those protections can be withdrawn at any time. Only the judges of the ECHR – most of them from countries with little familiarity with justice and liberty – can imagine that a guest residency magically becomes the right to reside for all time.
If Jordan wishes to torture Qatada or use evidence gained under torture against him, that’s Jordan’s business, not ours. So here’s an idea: ignore the ruling and extradite him immediately. Other countries do it, so should we. And here’s another idea: this is Britain, we are British, so how’s about we start governing ourselves for ourselves? Radical, eh?! We managed to do that quite well for long enough without corrupt faux-judges from Albania telling us how to do so.