Monday, June 04, 2007

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 Britain? I think we all know.

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.


alanorei said...

"What type of person is most likely to commit terrorism in this day in Britain? I think we all know."

Extreme right-wing fundamental Christians, of course, according to an impeccable (former) cabinet source (i.e. Dave Blunkett).

Everything that 'other' group does is legal (well, almost, blowing London commuters to bits is still somewhat beyond the pale) - as you'll have seen from my separate email.

At the very least, this post might get you another unintentionally humourous award.

youdontknowme said...

shhh... lets hope so...

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

A fairly nasty piece of legislation.
Exactly what I have come to expect from this regime.

pommygranate said...

this is even getting a lot of air-time out here in Oz - people cant believe the situation in the UK has come to this.

Bag said...

Of course our police have not asked for these powers but when they are in force they will become very popular in enforcing the states wishes on the plebs.