So, Gordon Brown has decided 28 days internment in prison without trial is “not an option” any more. The Guardian lists four choices on offer in his consultation. But if the PM wants to push forward with an extension, he should provide the evidence to support it, no? The BBC quotes critics:
Amnesty International’s Nicola Duckworth said locking people up for 56 days without charge “amounted to internment” which had “devastating consequences” in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. And Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said it would act as a “terrorist recruiter’s dream”.
Today the Conservative Party will publish their national and international security policy paper. Brownâ€™s sharp piece of political maneuvering will leave Cameron and his national security adviser Pauline Neville Jones only a few recommendations to choose from.
Gordon Brown has also signalled his support for ID cards. Bummer. As Tim Worstall rightly says, this is how we lose our liberties.
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