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Counter-terrorism arrests today – courage not cowardice will win

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As we approach Remembrance Day, police have made counter-terrorism arrests in London and High Wycombe (Bucks Free Press, Telegraph). There is speculation that this weekend’s commemorations were the target of attacks. On this centenary of the start of the Great War, we remember that the men and women of our armed forces fought and died in a just cause: the preservation of democracy and the rule of law against injustice and tyranny. Today, a tiny minority are betraying the rest of us with […]

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Question to the PM on anti-terrorism

Yesterday the Prime Minister gave a statement to the House on the EU Council, Security and Middle East. I asked the following question; Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): I was appalled to learn that the British terrorist interviewed on “Newsnight” came from Wycombe. Does my right hon. Friend agree that this man has disgracefully betrayed the community that I represent? Given what was said, can he reassure me that if that man presents in the UK, he will face the full force of the law? […]

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Control orders disgust me

I spoke last night in the debate on the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill, expressing my contempt for the surrender of our highest values in the face of cowardly enemies. 9.10 pm Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): As I follow my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham (Stephen Phillips), I am reminded of something that I learned shortly after I arrived in the Chamber—that is, that some of the finest and most informative speeches are […]

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Schneier on Security: Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot

Reflecting on the inadequacy of the debate over control orders, I found this snippet in draft, taken from Schneier on Security: Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot: The recently publicized terrorist plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport, like so many of the terrorist plots over the past few years, is a study in alarmism and incompetence: on the part of the terrorists, our government and the press. Terrorism is a real threat, and one that […]

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Fight against terror ‘spells end of privacy’

How I look forward to The Convention on Modern Liberty: Sir David Omand, the former Whitehall security and intelligence co-ordinator, sets out a blueprint for the way the state will mine data – including travel information, phone records and emails – held by public and private bodies and admits: “Finding out other people’s secrets is going to involve breaking everyday moral rules.” via Fight against terror ‘spells end of privacy’ | UK news | The Guardian . Sir David’s IPPR […]

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Jean Charles de Menezes inquest: Jury reaches open verdict

From The Telegraph, the jury return an open verdict on the killing of De Menezes: After a three-month hearing costing an estimated £6 million, jurors rejected a verdict that the innocent Brazilian had been killed lawfully by police. They returned an ambigious, open verdict – the only other option they were given after the coroner ruled they could not find that Mr de Menezes was illegally shot dead by officers. For those of us not completely familiar with the nuances […]

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Lord Strathclyde: There is no prospect of 42 days passing the House of Lords today

Let me at least be clear. There is no prospect of this draconian idea passing the House of Lords today. There is no prospect of the Conservative Party softening its opposition to a proposal for which not a shred of credible evidence has been advanced – and which is opposed by a former Labour Lord Chancellor, a former Labour Attorney-General, the former Head of MI5, a former Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Director of Public Prosecutions. These […]

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42-day detention dropped as unworkable – Times Online

According to The Times: Gordon Brown is preparing for a humiliating climbdown over his proposal to hold terrorist suspects for 42 days after being told that it will be defeated in the House of Lords. I will celebrate when it actually happens. Detailed objections to the bill are provided by Liberty. read more | digg story

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EU plan: The rise and rise of the securocrats

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The creation of an EU-US common security area by 2014 and “convergence” on surveillance and data gathering, redefining “home affairs” as a matter of EU internal security. This story is reported at least by the Telegraph and the Guardian. The original leaked report is here. To say the least, I am to be convinced that this is a good idea. Telegraph | digg story Guardian | digg story

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MI5 criticised for role in case of torture, rendition and secrecy

MI5 participated in the unlawful interrogation of a British resident now held in Guantánamo Bay, the high court found yesterday in a judgment raising serious questions about the conduct of Britain’s security and intelligence agencies. read more | digg story

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