posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 04:21 AM
The contraversial plan to detain terrorist suspects under house arrest without trial is going to have its first test today in Parliament, with Lib Dem
and Torie MP's expected to vote against it saying it wrongly attacks civil liberties. Secretary Charles Clarke believes the powers are needed to
counter terror threats. Although likely to pass Commons this plan is expected to face a battle in the House of Lords.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke says the powers are needed to replace indefinite jail for foreign terror suspects, which the law lords have ruled
against. He says there is a real threat, and his decisions will be vetted by the courts.
It proposes "control orders", which would mean house arrest in the most serious cases, and curfews, electronic tagging and limits on telephone and
internet access for other suspects.
The new powers would apply to British as well as foreign terror suspects for the first time, something critics say is the biggest attack on British
freedoms for 300 years.
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I just can't back something like this, and if it were ever implemented I believe it would have serious consequences. What is the point of feeling a
little more secure (not that I have ever, even for one second, felt threatened by terrorist attacks in this country) if you have to give up freedoms
to do so?
I feel that the issue of terrorism is being seriously exploited to get people in the UK to allow scary plans such as this one, which also applies to
British people. The area is too wide and a law such as this can be seriously exploited as there's no defining line...
[edit on 23-2-2005 by John Nada]