Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, has pronounced that the state should be allowed to detain “terrorism” suspects without charge for 42 days. The 28 day limit that we currently have is already longer than any other developed nation. The British government has already admitted that there have been no occasions when the current 28 day limit has not been sufficient.
I sent the following email to my Liebour MP, David Wright, this morning:
I see that your government is due to announce its plans for increasing the unlawful and unconstitutional detention without charge of “terrorist” suspects.
The “anti-terrorism” laws that your government brought in have been abused systematically and have failed to catch a single terrorist.
Walter Wolfgang was physically removed from the Labour Party Conference and refused re-entry under the Terrorism Act
A woman and man were arrested and detained under the Terrorism Act for reading out the names of dead soldiers near Downing Street
A man was arrested and detained under the Terrorism Act for carrying a blank placard outside Parliament
Several people have been put under house arrest after being found innocent in a court of law under the Terrorism Act
As of last year, 300,000 people were stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act but not one of them was a terrorist
Those are just a few examples of the abuse of the Terrorism Act and the illegal and unconstitutional curtailment of civil liberties in the name of “anti-terrorism”.
Your Prime Minister says that it’s necessary for your government to curtail my rights and liberties so that terrorists can’t change my way of life, Well guess what – my way of life has been changed for the worse because of your government’s “anti-terror” legislation.
I urge you strongly not to support this illegal and unconstitutional attempt to advance the police state.
The British government has previously tried to increase the limit to 90 days but this was beaten down to 28 days. Protest is effectively illegal outside the British Parliament now so the only way to stop this illiberal move is to convince enough MPs as possible to oppose it.