Sunday, July 15, 2007

Police campaign for Internment

It beggars belief. I predicted the assault on the 28 day detention limit on suspects held by police in the wake of the so called terror efforts in Glasgow and London recently. However, it is not to be an attempt to establish 90 days of detention that Blair was aiming for, but INDEFINITE DETENTION of SUSPECTS WITHOUT TRIAL.

Try telling that to the people who have been released from Guantanamo and have not been charged with anything nor have they been found to be a threat to this country. Those people were tried and convicted in the tiny racist minds of neoconservative politicians before they even set foot on the shores of Cuba. Despite promising 'checks and balances', this is a proposal for a draconian system that only totalitarian governments would ever use. If the terror threat has evolved to the level where the terrorists cannot do anything more than set fire to themselves, then this argument rather shoots itself in the foot.

Internment has failed before and will fail again if brought in. It is an absolute disgrace that the police should campaigning for internment and other extreme right-wing policies. They should be out applying the law as they are required to rather than playing politics. No wonder many communities have no trust in them. Their faith in the judiciary may be touching but they can shove this idea where the sun don't shine as far as I am concerned.


Blogger Philip said...

I suspect you do Ken an injustice. It's probably less an attempt to reintroduce indefinite detention than an attempt to make ninety days look reasonable.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Kebz said...

It does make the next benchmark a little awkward if they want to raise the limit later to 120 days or more. What will they aim for? Eternal hellfire and damnation?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

Not at all. If the spectre of the Eternal Turrst is good for a few more years, then so is that of indefinite detention. After all, virtually any number of days without trial - ninety, a hundred and twenty, three hundred and sixty, five, ten or twenty years - surely any figure that Gordon can pull out of whatever orifice seems convenient is better than indefinite detention?

11:11 PM  

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