Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens has told how 200 or more Al-Qaeda trained terrorists are on Britain's streets. The claim
came in a written piece in The News of The World newspaper. He also said that opponents to the UK Governments Anti-Terror bill are naive because they
haven't seen the intelligence reports.
Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens says more than 200 Al-Qaeda "terrorists" are operating in UK and the threat of attacks
Sir John, writing in the News of the World, said militants trained by Osama bin Laden "fester" across the country.
But the Liberal Democrats accused him of sending "mixed messages" adding to an already "complicated situation".
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This begs the question that if these people are known terrorists then why don't they arrest them now? Put them on trial, give your evidence and
let the judges decide whether they are terrorists or not.
Its a tried and tested process which has served Britain for hundreds of years. The anti-terror bills that are trying to pass through parliament are
unwarranted. The only reason I can see for these bills is to allow the Government to arrest and detain people when they have no proof whatsoever.
If they have proof then the courts should be used. Sensitive evidence has always been brought to court for crimes ranging from IRA terrorists to
organized crime. To say your protecting your sources or techniques is to value them higher than our basic human rights. Something that I'm not
prepared to forgo, terrorists or not.
If the bill goes through then what? Indefinite detention? If they are currently unwilling to share incriminating evidence with judges what will make
them do it after this bill passes? When you detain some one how else can they incriminate themselves further i.e generate more evidence that they are
indeed criminals? They cant so they are either detained forever or they are released and we are back to square one. Hows this a good scenario?
Also if this can be applied to terrorist criminals why cant it be applied to other serious crimes? If the politicians "think" that some one may
carry out a bank robbery but doesn't have evidence or want to share its intelligence then can they too be detained? Police state!
: who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for
The only people I can see using terror as a political weapon are the politicians. The biggest threat to our current way of life are the politicians
that think our "human rights" are "getting in the way" of stopping some trumped up terrorist threat.
It was said best by President Roosevelt in his inaugural speech: "Theres Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself"
More tellingly and a worrying sign of the times is President W. Bush's words: "A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question
[edit on 6-3-2005 by Banshee]