It was with some dismay this morning that I learned Faith Fippinger faces a gaol term because of her decision to be part of the human shield in Iraq. BBC News, Fear as human shield face jail, reports that, simply by travelling to the country and spending money there, Ms Fippinger is liable for prosecution for breaking the embargo on Iraq.
Not content with the adverse attention the US continues to attract as a result of its Iraq venture, the Government has declared that it fully intends to proceed with her prosecution. In a statement to the BBC it said that “to express one’s freedom of speech is a right but breaking the law of the United States is not a privilege”. Breaking international law, on the other hand, would appear perfectly acceptable behaviour.