Britain's proposed anti-terror legislation would be largely unnecessary and ineffectual if implemented according to civil rights groups and legal
experts. The plans call for extending the period of time police can hold suspected terrorists without charge, from two weeks to three months.
"Britain has the most extensive terrorism code in Europe. Failings are from intelligence services, police and politicians, not the law," said Leeds
University law professor Clive Walker.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's planned anti-terror laws are largely unnecessary and would be ineffectual if implemented, rights groups and legal
experts said on Friday.
The government unveiled plans on Thursday to extend the time police can hold terrorism suspects without charge to three months from two weeks as part
of a package of measures to tackle militancy.
The proposals follow July's suicide bombings which killed 52 commuters on London's transport network. Britain has since detained 17 foreigners for
deportation on the grounds they are threats to security and barred a Muslim cleric.
Civil rights groups and lawyers said the latest plans are draconian compared with other countries
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"Britain has the most extensive terrorism code in Europe. Failings are from intelligence services, police and politicians, not the law,"
said Leeds University law professor Clive Walker.
That quote is so important I felt I should reiterate it. It is so spot on as to be iconic of the whole opposition to the War-on-Terror sham our
governments are perpetuating.
There is no justification or legal basis for erroding our civil liberties. When Tony Blair says we have no "untrammelled right" to human liberties
and that "It's always been qualified by some sense of duty or responsibility," he really means we have rights only because our government gave them
to us. Mr. Blair views our civil liberties as not rights, but privileges that can be taken away at his discretion.
News flash Mr.Blair, you do not have the right to take away any of our human rights. There is no justification for the abridgement to our civil
liberties and the excuse that its necessary for our own protection, is too, a sham.
The failings with combating terrorism lie squarely at the feet of the government and its intelligence agencies, not with our laws. Why should we have
to forgo rights secured for us by our forefathers so as to make life easier for lacklustre, plutocratic jobsworthies?
The rules havent changed Mr.Blair, you're just breaking them.
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