Police to get new powers
NEW anti-terrorism laws are to be pushed through before Tony Blair leaves office giving “wartime” powers to the police to stop and question people.
John Reid, the home secretary, who is also quitting next month, intends to extend Northern Ireland’s draconian police powers to interrogate individuals about who they are, where they have been and where they are going.
Under the new laws, police will not need to suspect that a crime has taken place and can use the power to gain information about “matters relevant” to terror investigations.
If suspects fail to stop or refuse to answer questions, they could be charged with a criminal offence and fined up to £5,000. Police already have the power to stop and search people but they have no right to ask for their identity and movements.
It’s weird how the government looks like they want to harm themselves. The new anti terrorism powers aren’t as good as the government thinks. What type of person is most likely to commit terrorism in this day in
After these new powers have been used extensively the government are going to be accused of racial profiling and racism. My guess after this accusation the whole law will be dropped or the liberals will complain about racism something which I don’t think Brown wants.