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Star Chambers to Open in Britain (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Aug, 10 2005 @ 12:58 AM
Under pressure from recent events Britain is preparing to enact changes in law in order to bypass the current 14-day limitation on holding without charge. This change would allow suspected terrorist to be interrogated for longer periods than is customary in order to secure enough information for new and ongoing cases. Special Judges (Star Chamber) would have the ability to discuss cases and rule on suspects out of the public eye and possibly off the public record.
The Home Office said it was weighing changing the pretrial process to deal with particularly sensitive terror cases, with the aim of "securing more prosecutions." Currently, terror suspects can be held for two weeks without charge; after they are charged, police can no longer question them. Police have asked the government to extend this period to three months.

The anti-terror courts — run by judges with high-level security clearance — would meet behind closed doors to study the merits of the case against terror suspects, rule on highly sensitive evidence and decide how long the suspect could be held, The Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unidentified Home Office officials.

A spokeswoman for the Home Office, who spoke on condition of anonymity because government policy bars her from being quoted by name, confirmed a new pretrial procedure is under consideration, but couldn't provide any other details.

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As different as the United States and Britains justice systems are, this appears to be a process by which the two systems grow together. Secret courts and private hearings can be contained to an off-the-record or classified system just as the eventual disposition of the case and suspect at hand, these persons charged by the secret courts could disappear from the public eye entirely. As is pointed out later in the article the Home Office can always refuse to comment on any case while Judges make rulings out-of-sight, out-of-mind. I believe it's dangerous trend for Britain to enact as the definition of 'terrorist suspect' can change drastically from day to day depending on the current requirements of the people in power.

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[edit on 10-8-2005 by Chuck Stevenson]

posted on Aug, 10 2005 @ 08:09 AM
On behalf of all us old hands, I'd like to welcome Britain to the New World Order!

Removing all the legal safeguards and government responsibilities will make you instantly safer from the thousands of terrorists living amongst you that can only be caught if they're held indefinitely and judged in secret.

Congratulations, and good luck if we don't see you again..

posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 10:53 PM
Bumping this as it appears to have fallen down.

The issue still stands that once the precedent is set, all Britons could be held under pretense by the same draconian rules. A very dangerous time for personal freedoms and civil liberties in the United Kingdom.

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