Les Levidow

Overview

  • Spokesman for Campaign Against Criminalising Communities
  • Views anti-terrorism laws as “infringement[s] of civil liberties”

Les Levidow has been the Senior Research Fellow at Open University since 1989. He earned a B.A. in Biology at the University of Rochester in 1972; an M.A. in Biology at Temple University in 1974; and a PhD in Technology Policy at The Open University in 1995.

Levidow is the spokesman for the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), an international group that opposes anti-terrorism laws anywhere. CAMPACC has held numerous rallies and protests against the detention of terror suspects in the UK, US, Guantanamo Bay, and elsewhere around the world. Levidow is a contributor to Radical Philosophy, a British philosophical journal of the left. In a column he wrote for Eclipse: The Anti-War Review, Levidow said, “Just as the ‘War on Terrorism’ has no limit in time or space, so the criminal law is being extended to broaden the definition of ‘terrorism.’ This is a war against dissent – against our capacity to resist injustice and oppression.” On July 10, 2003, Levidow told Britain’s Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act and Review Committee: “We oppose the so-called anti-terror measures of 2000 and 2001 on several grounds, especially because they are an unjustified infringement of civil liberties; also because they impose fear and hostility on ethnic minority communities.”

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