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June 03, 2007

Brown and Civil Liberties

One of the important questions about our about to be Dear Leader is his attitude towards civil liberties. On the basis of what is being trailed here, he doesn't think that much of them:

The plans involve a fresh attempt to allow police to question suspects for up to 90 days, a move which sparked the first ever Commons defeat for Tony Blair's Government when it was proposed in 2005.

Mmmm. Just feel the freedom in that one. A copper doesn't like the look of your jilbab and into pokey you go for three months. As no charges are brought, there's no possibility of showing yourself to be innocent. Lovely juvley.

In addition, Mr Brown will push for police to be allowed to question terror suspects further once they have been charged - something they are banned by law from doing at present -

Oooh, yes, another fine score. So after our three months of questioning, and our stalwart investigators only having evidence that you've been caught acting in a Muslim manner, they can charge you with obstructing the police in their inquiries and get you banged up on remand for a few more months or years as your trial is prepared: all the while still trying to fit you up for a real offense.

Freedom and liberty are on the march!

...and for terrorism to be made an "aggravating factor" in sentencing, similar to existing laws on racially aggravated crimes.

?!? "You are hereby sentenced to ten years for conspiracy to commit a terrorist act. As terrorism is an aggravating factor, make that 20 years" ?!?

A source close to Mr Brown said: "We must maintain a commitment to liberty, British traditions and the British way of life."

Quite right too. We're some 23 years from the predicted date for Newspeak and things do seem to be coming along nicely.

Details of Mr Brown's plans follow last month's fiasco in which three suspected international terrorists held on control orders - which restrict their movement and behaviour - absconded, bringing the total who have done so to six.

Judges, who have made a series of rulings which have weakened the control-order regime, were hit by a stinging rebuke by Britain's anti-terror watchdog, Lord Carlile, the Liberal Democrat peer.

Lord Carlile, who was appointed by the Government to monitor its anti-terrorism legislation, said: "There is no stronger evidence needed for more demanding controls than disappearances."

Remember that Carlile is the man supposed to be looking out for our interests in all of this. His reading of the facts is that when three innocents (they have been charged and convicted of nothing) avoid their unjust imprisonment, this is proof that we must jug more said innocents.

Don't you think this is really a most remarkable step forward  in the rights that we freeborn Britons enjoy?

The Dear Leader is Dead, Long Live the Dear Leader!

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At least you've got the chance of naturalising as a Portuguese citizen(?)

Tim adds: Easier to go for the Irish Passport. A grandparent born on the island of Ireland. My brother did it a few years ago to confound the American INS.

Posted by: Marcin Tustin | Jun 5, 2007 10:39:12 AM