Detention without trial: The Anachronisms Strike Back
According to The Independent, Blair's supporters in the House of Lords are planning to try and push through an amendment to the Terrorism Bill to allow the police to hold people for 60 days before without charge.
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, a Labour peer, makes the rather strange argument that the amendment says "'up to 60 days', not '60 days'," which would only make sense if she thinks that the police won't use the powers they're given. But if the police aren't going to use the powers, why provide them?
According to Shami Chakrabati, the general secretary of the civil rights pressure group Liberty:
This is politicking, because there was a government defeat and some people haven't got over the shock to their system that the belief in the rule of law actually triumphed in this case.
I'm repeating myself here, but holding someone without charge for 14 days is too long. 28 days is excessive.
60 days is extreme.