I have just read this post on one of the main UK lists. It makes terrible reading... Could this be the end of our hobby here in the UK !!!!!
It reads as follows.........
> There have been some articles in the press and specialist media recently
> concerning an extension of the Terrorism Act. The amendments would be
> by Home Secretary David Blunkett MP
in the Autumn in an announcement in
> House of Commons.
> The Guardian had a piece on this planned legislation this morning and
> below is
> what I've taken from that article and some other articles in specialist
> Home Secretary David Blunkett may introduce a new offence of "Engaging
> in acts
> preparatory to terrorism" in the autumn.
> It is likely to include measures to ensure the security of Government
> Military Installations and Facilities for mass transportation, such as
> Seaports and the Rail Network.
> A "Preparatory Act" would include, Taking notes, Making diagrams or
> models &
> Photography and/or recording them by any means i.e. written, electronic
> etc. for
> storage or transmission to others.
> I have not posted this for mass debate on the rights and wrongs of this
> on the
> e-groups. I have done it because I believe that we might through our
's or by
> writing to the Home Office etc. be able to tell them the effect this
> might have
> on our harmless hobby enjoyed by many.
> I would suggest we all keep our eyes on the Press and TV
to see if
> anything more
> of this 'leaks' before any formal announcement.
> Clearly, as laid out here and if adopted and incorporated in law, it
> potentially affect "Spotters" of any kind i.e. Train Spotters, Civil and
> Military Aircraft Spotters etc. It would also prevent the posting of any
> information gained by either spotting or scanning on the internet or in
> magazines etc.
A very sorry day indeed if they act on the above... :-(
[Edited 2004-08-05 22:15:10]
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