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Wednesday, 7 November 2007

UK has longest terrorist detention of any democracy

The current 28 day detention limit in the UK for suspected terrorists is, according to Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, the longest of any democracy in the world. Labour want to extend this to 56 days despite there being no evidence whatsover that this has ever been needed.

Yet the UK is also one of the few democracies in which intercept evidence is not admissible in court, and that's the way the 'spooks' want to keep it. In other words, they know the score because they have all the emails / phone transcripts from the suspects in front of them, but need longer detention periods in order to find alternative ways of assembling the evidence.

Everyone knows that the security services, the septics and Uncle Tom Cobley and all intercept phone and internet traffic. What's the big secret?

First let's admit intercept evidence in court. And then, after a few years, let's look at whether longer detention periods are needed. They won't be.

English liberty is not to be traded for the convenience of our spies.

3 comments:

DocBud said...

Sorry, I can't agree. Just because the state takes liberties with our liberty doesn't make it right and is certainly not a good reason for legalising its behaviour.

People should be free to communicate in private with whom they wish and by whatever means they choose. If the state believes that a person is in some way using communications to break the law, then it may present the evidence before a judge who can then, if he deems it necessary, permit interception of communications.

The law should protect our liberty to conduct our lives without interference from the state unless our actions threaten the liberty of others.

Newmania said...

If we curtailed the Liberty of people who hate the country with regard to coming and living here then many Liberties traditionally enjoyed by the English could be returned.Humph.

I like your point R and I would not extend the period myself

Newmania said...

If we curtailed the Liberty of people who hate the country with regard to coming and living here then many Liberties traditionally enjoyed by the English could be returned.Humph.

I like your point R and I would not extend the period myself