Monday, November 21, 2005

Police reject four anti-terror bill powers

The Association of Chief Police Officers has warned the government that four key measures in the anti-terror Bill being debated today by the House of Lords risk alienating the Muslim community:
  • Amending human rights laws to get round obstacles to new deportation rules.
  • Making the justification or glorification of terrorism anywhere an offence.
  • Automatically refusing asylum to anyone linked to terrorism anywhere.
  • Banning the alleged extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir and successor groups to al-Muhajiroun. Acpo says it knows of no intelligence to justify a Hizb ut-Tahrir ban.

This warning may be the key factor that leads the Lords to reject these measures, despite the fire-and-brimstone from the government that they would be "particularly out of touch with public opinion" -- which quite by design is not an enormous concern to many peers when human rights are under threat.

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