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GORDON BROWN has set himself on a collision course with the legal establishment over plans to give civil servants and government agencies the power to remove people’s passports without going through the courts.
Senior legal figures, including two former attorney-generals and a lord chief justice, have expressed deep concern about preparations to adopt new powers to confiscate passports. They warn the government not to use reform of prerogative powers as an excuse to force through a “serious” curtailment of long-standing freedoms.
They have attacked proposals in the child maintenance bill, now going through Parliament, to allow civil servants to prevent errant fathers who refuse to support their children from travelling abroad.
They warn that it could set a dangerous precedent, and say in a House of Lords report: “The freedom to travel to and from one’s country is a right of great significance and should only be curtailed after a rigorous decision process . . . ”
"“The freedom to travel to and from one’s country is a right of great significance and should only be curtailed after a rigorous decision process . . . ” "
op by extralien "I expect lots of people have recently been obtaining new or extended passports due to the 2009 ideas of bio-metric passports and ID cards. To combat this surge, the UK gov. has now come up with this idea to repossess said passports."
British visitors to the US will have details of their physical characteristics added to a new billion dollar database under plans drawn up by the FBI.
Fingerprints, iris scans and even details of the way people walk, their scars and the size and shape of their ear lobes will be collected.
Will let the FBI capture images of people's irises at distances of up to 15 feet, and of faces from as far away as 200 yards, without them even knowing.
nine new states joining a European border-free zone.
The Schengen agreement, which allows passport-free travel across the area, now embraces 24 nations.
Originally posted by Extralien
So why the sudden need to have peoples passports removed. Large chunks of Europe have just become passport free zones. You no longer need a passport to travel between various EU countries.
Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
but I would bet it has to do with the fact that the IRA really did help the UK government install another layer of security laws,weather or not they were aware of it at the time.
The main dilemma with Eire and northern Ireland is the UK passport control issue.
Originally posted by welivefortheson
this very alarming considering from 2009 all uk passports will be required to contain your biometrical data.