Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Detention without Trial

So a number of suspected foreign terrorists have failed in their case to be freed from 'Detention without Trial' under the Terrorism Act 2001. Source: BBC News

Would this be the same section of the Terrorism Act that a cross party group of peers and MPs recently declared should go? Source: BBC News

I do believe it was.



Anonymous said...

That is actually the notorious Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Part 4

This typical bit of Home Office legilsation (i.e. a badly draughted hodge potch, often uneforceable, granting themselves infinite powers etc.) also includes such gems as making it *illegal* to detonate a nuclear weapon within the UK *without permission*. Why didn't the Home Office think of this sooner, there would have been no need for Polaris, Trident etc. the Soviets would never have dared to attack us with nuclear weapons if it had actually been *illegal* to do so.

Watching Them, Watching Us

Scribe said...

Oh dear, oh dear... (disclaimer: not read the whole thing yet, maybe this makes more sense in other contexts...)

"47 (6) In this section "nuclear weapon" includes a nuclear explosive device that is not intended for use as a weapon."



"48 (1b) Nothing in section 47 applies to an act done in the course of an armed conflict." defined by the Secretary of State. Nice and specific, then.