The Lionheart case

Thanks to Skye, I found this amazing — and frigntening — piece, from Lionheart:

British police have been charged with arresting me!

I am currently out of the Country and on my return home to England I am going to be arrested by British detectives on suspicion of Stirring up Racial Hatred by displaying written material” contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986.

This charge if found guilty carries a lengthy prison sentence, more than what most paedophiles and rapists receive, and all for writing words of truth about the barbarity that is living in the midst of our children, which threatens the very future of our Country.

The cultural weapon in the hands of the modern Jihad within Great Britain, silencing the opposition using our own laws against us – The Dumb Filthy Kaffir’s as the Moslem would say to his children behind closed doors.

What has become of my homeland, the land my forefathers fought and died for on the battlefields of the world when one of their children is forced into the position of facing years in prison for standing up for what is right and just within British society.

At least my words of truth have obviously now reached people’s eyes and ears, with the powers that be now intent on silencing me – Third World Tyranny in a supposed 21st Century democracy!

I wonder if the Moslem peer Lord Ahmed was one of the people behind trying to silence me, I did wonder about why he crashed his car and nearly killed himself over Christmas, let that be a lesson to you – 1 Chronicles 16:22 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”

How dare any Moslem try and silence the truth from being told by an Englishman about the Islamic enemy in our midst within the British homeland.

Who have I killed, who have I threatened to kill? No one, all I have done is written about my reality on a computer screen, and now I face going to prison in my own country for standing up for myself and others.

What has happened to those who threatened my life or who have killed my friends – NOTHING – This is British justice in the 21st Century – Shove your British Labour justice because it is worthless to the Englishman whose country this is, whose country you have destroyed.

You know, this all sounds so over-the-top that it’s difficult to believe. But Lionheart linked Wolf Howling, which said:

I contacted Lionheart to get additional information about his claim that he faced imminent arrest, and he put me in contact with the attorney whom he has retained, Anthony Bennett. I spoke with Mr. Bennett, who confirmed the following facts:

1. The Bedfordshire police have contacted Lionheart to arrange for him to submit to arrest.

2. Lionheart querried the police to find out why he would to be arrested. A Bedfordshire police officer sent Lionheart an e-mail, forwarded to me by Mr. Bennett, which read in pertinent part:

    The offence that I need to arrest you for is “Stir up Racial Hatred by displaying written material” contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986.

    You will be arrested on SUSPICION of the offence. You would only be charged following a full investigation based on all the relevant facts and CPS consent.

3. Mr. Bennett adds “There are already a number of aspects about this case involving not only ‘Lionheart’ but concerning other friends of his which are almost certain to result in a complaint being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

4. There has been nothing filed yet by the police that will tell us precisely what blog posts they will be using to prosecute Lionheart. The precise basis for the complaint will only become known after the arrest. Further, we do not yet know who was responsible for making a complaint to the police.

This is one of those stories that seems so incredible to an American that I have trouble believing it. And since Lionheart is an anonymous blogger (his first name is apparently Paul), I have further problems here; I don’t want to jump on Coeur de Leon’s story without a bit more corroboration. But the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill exists (that is a link to an official Parliament website), and it certainly could be used as Paul has said it is being used against him.

Instapundit linked the story (and an Instapundit link makes news big), and he updated with a link to Brian Micklethwait:

    The Lionheart case
    Brian Micklethwait (London) Blogging & Bloggers • Opinions on liberty

    Instapundit has linked to this story, but I am not yet wholly convinced. I am happy to add to the general blog-yell that may or may not now be going up everywhere in the non-pro-Islamic blogosphere, but suspect – although I could be entirely wrong in my suspicion – that this may turn out to be a bit of an exaggeration:

    I am currently out of the Country and on my return home to England I am going to be arrested by British detectives on suspicion of Stirring up Racial Hatred by displaying written material” contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986.

    This charge if found guilty carries a lengthy prison sentence, more than what most paedophiles and rapists receive, …

    At the risk of being pedantic, what precisely happened? Did Lionheart get a letter? If so, what, precisely, did it say? To be even more pedantic, the phrase “This charge if found guilty” It does not fill me with confidence. Nor does it that, on what is obviously such an important matter, Lionheart has allowed a pair of inverted commas to go awol. But maybe that is to read too much into what is merely some stressed-out grammar.

    I suspect that, if any ruckus does now occur, there will in due course be an announcement to the effect that Mr Lionheart has entirely misunderstood the situation and has nothing to fear, free speech is sacred, blah blah. If that does happen, it may then be hard to know how much this official clarification will be a true clarification of what had, truly, been the attitude of the authorities, and how much it will be a tactical retreat in the face of an Instalaunch, and of any blogosphere and mainstream media fuss that follows from it. But whatever has been and turns out to be the true story here, I would now like to know a bit more.

    Lionheart’s central claim, albeit floridly expressed, is one I have come around agreeing with, having started out (on 9/12) believing the opposite. The enemy is not “Islamic extremism”. The enemy is Islam. Although please note that this says nothing about the manner in which this enemy should be responded to. I daresay I might disagree somewhat with Lionheart’s ideas about that.

    But even if I disagreed with Lionheart about everything, I still agree with Instapundit’s attitude:

    I don’t know much about the blogger, but I don’t need to – people shouldn’t be arrested merely for blogging things that the powers-that-be don’t like.

    If Lionheart’s claim that he faces arrest just for blogging his mind are correct, then of course it is everything-and-the-kitchen-sink time. Let battle be joined. But for now, I would like just a little more reconnaissance.

I’d like a bit more as well. An Instapundit link normally triggers an “instalanche,” but I’ve not seen this particular story on Power Line (which rarely misses stuff like this), even though John Hinderaker noted the firing of a critic of Islamic extremism by our own Defense Department. And Patterico’s Pontifications, the top law “blawg” in the country, hasn’t touched it either. Is the Lionheart case a not-too-elaborate hoax?

Sharon has a post up, UK Living Standard Outstrips U.S.?, in which she questions the silly survey which suggests that our English-speaking brethren across the pond have a higher standard of living than we poor colonists:

I’ve been to Great Britain several times to visit relatives (most recently in 1991), and I would question what is meant exactly by “living standard.” My relatives lived in cramped houses with tiny appliances (including refrigerators, TVs, and washer/dryers), drove tiny cars, and paid huge prices for gasoline and heating oil. It wasn’t living in poverty, but I think Americans still have a higher standard of living. And I will admit that 16 years is a long time since my last visit (I hope to remedy that soon).

Well, one American standard of living that the islanders seem to lack is true freeom of speech. Whether Coeur de Leon’s case, individually, is real or exaggerated or just plain internet hokum, the fact is that there are laws on the British books which would allow such a prosecution.

There are already cases in our neighbor to the north where criticism of homosexuality and of Islam has led to civil punishment. But as we see ever-expanding hate-crimes laws in this country, I have to wonder will there come a time when hate-crimes statutes will cover what the British Parliament called “stirring up religious or racial hatred?”

After all, I have absolutely no doubts that some of our friends on the left would like to criminalize such.
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Update: One of my friends e-mailed me, to tell me that Lionheart is a very disreputable guy, saying:

    I was going to post this…

    What a through piece of crap to choose to defend and waste band width on Dana.

    I have done just a little documenting on my own regarding radical Islam throughout the English speaking world. I am aware of this guy, he is filth. You are on the band wagon now, hold on.

    Please don’t respond with something along the lines of: “Even if he is wrong he still has the right…”

    This is not one of those cases, read his stuff.

    Then I realized you were not sure about him. Be sure, he is a bad one. Read his stuff, follow his links. I noticed him and his whole cabal long ago. He is bad news.

My friend got it slightly wrong: it’s not that I was “not sure” about Lionheart, because I don’t particularly care about that specific, save the question of whether his case is a genuine one. Rather, my point is about the existence of laws, even in as liberal and well-meaning a country as the United Kingdom, which could criminalize speech, regardless of how offensive some might find such speech.

8 Comments

  1. England is no longer the land of hope and glory even though there are moments of remission.

    The first warning came in 1920, when the ‘chinless wonders’ passed draconian gun laws out of fear of domestic armed Bolsheviks.

    Then came a foreign policy based on appeasement and disrmament. Churchill (the last Victorian in the best sense of the word?) was officially muzzled lest Herr Hitler be offended. Yet he took the helm at a very dark hour.

    Now we have a judiciary that has turned perpetrator friendly and would silence anyone who would dare speak a truth that is deemed to be politically incorrect or offends some hypersensitive souls.

    The Church of England has worked mightily to become so irrelevant that their practicing laity is now outnumbered by Roman Catholics.

    Is there possibly a problem?

  2. Has anyone actually verified Paul’s story?

    I am currently researching this case and hope to get to the bottom of this.

    But think about it this way. Anthony Bennett has made no public announcement regarding this case, Bennett is obsessed with a d-list celebrity Barrymore and has allegedly been handed Paul’s case yet says nothing publicly? Put it this way, would you chase a d-list celebrity’s case or would you throw your whole life behind one of the most groundbreaking cases that has ever been seen in recent British democratic history? Anthony Bennett’s silence is odd? Plus no web page? mention in the news (even local news), no address in House of Commons (Bennett is a local politician). There is no mention of Bennett’s connection with Paul anywhere on the web apart from blogs regurgitating 2nd/3rd hand news. Doesn’t anyone find this odd?

    1) So far I have emailed Atlas Shrugs to find out info plus I asked her if she verified his story before interviewing him on her internet radio show.
    2) I have emailed Anthony Bennett, but his web site personally speaking, for a solicitor/attorney is appalling and he makes no mention of Lionheart.
    3) I emailed Bedfordshire police to verify this story.
    4) I have emailed Lionheart for Mr Bennett’s email and phone # so I could personally verify this story.
    Thanks

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  4. Sadly Lionheart tonight told me to “shut my mouth” after I asked him some questions. Maybe I have been digging a bit too deeply?

    Mr Bennett also emailed me, told me he has never met Paul, but has read a few emails that seemed authentic. He mentioned that he has contacted Ian Holden, but gave me no more details, I.E, if Ian Holden mentioned the case or arrest warrant. He also told me that after reading Lionheart’s blog he believes his story and will represent Paul if he returns and is arrested.

    I’m slightly disheartened by Lionheart’s response, as any good detective knows that defensive posturing is usually an indication of falsehood.

  5. Well balanced article Dana. We will have to wait and see how this develops. The blogosphere is always swarming with rumors, tips and half true stories. But sometimes the more ‘absurd’ on the face actually turn out to be true. I seem to recall some forged documents that were being used in an attempt to alter a presidential campaign that were exposed by a few of the pajamahadeen. Truth is indeed often stranger than fiction.

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