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UK strengthens the prison walls

August 11 2005

As recently as two months ago, the Council of Europe among the priority tasks for the near future especially singled out the fight against manifestations of intolerance towards Muslims and xenophobia. Britain, along with Germany and France also was ready to contribute to the strengthening of relations with the Muslim world. However, the rapid succession of events appears to be making adjustments to the overall confusion.

"For God's sake, this is a democracy, not dictatorship"
John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister of Great Britain

July 7 will, of course, a red day the British calendar. This day was a turning point in the history of Albion: a series of terrorist attacks, continued a whirlwind of statements and wrangling, the government of Tony Blair with human rights organizations of different type, and own members of parliament only further highlight the "Muslim problem" has received such wide spread of Islamic fundamentalism.

Needless to say, Tony Blair has a hard time, but now have nowhere to retreat - all the bridges burned. Blood in July forced the British government to revisit anti-terrorism legislation, which seems more in character will resemble the infamous U.S. Patriot Act, which are hot debate.

If you recall, the last discussion on anti-terrorism laws shortly before the July nightmare escalated into an unprecedented debate: Tony Blair had literally to death to stand up for each paragraph deals with a set of laws. Then, in the mythical sacrifice democracy and human rights chelovechkeskih was brought to the British security - thanks to the loyalty of the final "palimpsest" of legislation on freedom were suspected of involvement in terrorist activities of the Islamists. Among them - Abu Qatada (Qatada), which was referred to as a "spiritual viceroy" of Bin Laden in Europe.

Subsequently, this once will remember - the terrorists, saying that Britain is behaving properly , and constantly threatened by new, as usual, even more terrible attacks. Downing Street is seen as a call to action, ie tougher anti-terrorism legislation, which is already far too similar to "spanish Sapozhok. Only on whose leg - that is the question.

This week in the UK has a new initiative to at least stabilize the tension, which has recently been the country's population resides, and return a sense of their own strength.

In this case, a proposal to revise terms of detention of terrorist suspects in the direction of their increase to three months without charges or a decision to deport them somewhere far away it seems innocent fun (so far only interior minister enjoys enhanced powers and may deny entry into the country - aut.) . In the UK, consider the possibility of formation of special closed courts, where no attention-thirds of people will be listening to the accused of terrorism. Not to recall Abu Ghraib ...

Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer immediately rushed to stop all inappropriate comparison: "I want to emphasize: we are not talking about the secretive proceedings, we are not talking about dealing with the less validly, we're not talking about any species were interned. What it means ... it's just a reasonable period of detention of suspects while the investigation continues. "

p align = "justify"> Falconer uncertainty is understandable: while there is no clear guide to action nor a specific model, as will be required to work, if they create similar courts in accordance with some principles and rules: anti-terrorism legislation will probably have the same re-leaf, and more than once, and once again arguing with Democrats and liberals.

In the meantime, the court let the case, arrayed on the effectiveness of the UK defensive line will be judged at least in the Treatment of authorities with a notorious Sheikh Omar Bakri, who is now in Libya. However, having a residence permit in England, he might want to return ...


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