A Mischief Of Magpies

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Friday, January 13, 2006

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.


At 1:30 am, Blogger ill man said...

Paul, the whole thing is a farce. It's the lunatic notion that by arresting enough people and holding them for long enough one can erradicate the threat of terrorism that get's me. That after all is the reasoning of the right wing press and we know how enslaven the Labour party are to their illogical hyperbole.

I would suggest that after thirty days, if you haven't got what you want from a particular suspect, you never bloody will. After that all you're doing is crossing you're fingers by thinking that the extra thirty or sixty days may delay or if you are a real optomist, prevent a terror attack.

Not that such logic will stop them.

At 6:47 pm, Blogger Paul said...

"and we know how enslaven the Labour party are to their illogical hyperbole"

That's frighteningly true.

I've just noticed a mistake in the title of this post. It should have said "Detention without charge". The question is how long the police should be able to hold someone before telling them why and, quite frankly, if after two weeks they don't know why they're holding you then there is something seriously wrong with the way the British police operate.


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