Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Are existing anti-terror powers being used properly?

A good point on the terror bill in yesterday's Lords Second Reading debate, where the government also conceded that it would not try to reinstate the 90-day detention clause defeated in the Commons:

Lord McNally, leader of the Lib Dem peers, urged colleagues to consider whether powers given in the six terror-related bills seen by parliament since 1997 had been used properly effectively.

"Otherwise every terrorist outrage will bring forth another bill, another notch on the ratchet, another turn of the screw until we find ourselves without the civil liberties which we are fighting terrorism to defend," he said.

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