Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000
There's that goddamn word again. Of course they could hold him as a "terrorist" because "terrorist" means whatever the fuck Western governments what it to mean
Maybe I'm too much of an Orwell fanboi but I'm increasingly convinced that the most effective means of opposing state surveillance and state violence would be simply to rid the world of thought-terminating cliches like "Terrorism" - an effort that could certainly start with the media. We've see it done as of late with the Washington Redskins by thinking publications, who've refused to use the moniker to advocate against racial bullying; they should do the same for words that justify racist global bullying by the US. Refuse to publish it, and when quoting - ad irony quotes to the word. (btw Gawker is pretty good about not using it but vast majority aren't)
Its use, by definition, is propaganda, and its repetition - without irony quotes - is carrying water for propaganda. It has no fixed meaning, no intellectual purchase (has the word ever enhanced a thought? Ever?), and is, in practice, decidedly racist. (Fort Hood = Terrorism, Sandy Hook = Lone gunman.)
To wit, let's play the Orwell substitution game. Under his thinking any meaningful, non-propaganda idea or thought expressed can simply be restated, if needed, without losing its value. Thought-terminating cliches like "terrorism" are, by their nature, designed to smuggle in morally offensive ideas without creating cognitive dissonance in otherwise moral people. But with "terrorism" this can't be done. One cannot restate its "idea" in any other way without looking like nutty. Imagine a sane person saying the following:
"The United States has spent $615 Billion on the 'War on A Few Hundred Islamist in Central Asia. It's been absolutely worth it."
"Look, Anwar Al-awlaki had it coming, American or not, he was involved in advocating violence against U.S. interests overseas on YouTube videos."
"The NSA's new surveillance measures are essential. To fight a loosely aligned and undefined number of radical Islamists who live primary in East Africa and Central Asia we have to compromise some privacy at home. I'm okay with that."
I can't. Also, for a good laugh, check out the UK's legal definition of "terrorism" under this statute. Its definition could literally include any crime or mild form of agitation ever.