Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark 4:08 pm, 14th July 2010

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it was interesting that the shadow Home Secretary did not choose to mention the threat we currently face from republican terrorism coming from the north of Ireland? In view of the fact that we are approaching the internment day anniversary of 8 August, would it not be an extremely powerful statement to reduce the detention period from 28 to 14 days now, rather than to wait until later?

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James Clark
Posted on 15 Jul 2010 5:09 pm (Report this annotation)

David Davis is entirely correct no amount of security will defend us from the consequences of their actions and I am not referring to the imprisonment of the innocent but to the unnecessary abomination before God of the killing of ten's of thousands of innocent Muslim civilians. One does not carpet bomb people into democracy and level their homes to the ground and then expect friendship and peace on earth regardless of how many flags are waved back home for in Iraq and Afghanistan our ‘heroes’ and more so the Americans have an entirely different name.

The police have too greatly been empowered this is evident in my town of Newark where the police locked away somebody for a day while making investigations on the most perceivably humdrum insignificant and trivial allegations. Whatever happened to innocent until proved guilty?

When innocent people spend nine terrible months in prison on remand put behind bars on suspicion that some wrongdoing might be the case then the law ceases to be the servant of justice and becomes tyrannical with unjust severity and arbitrary actions.

It would be a powerful and virtuous statement to reduce the detention period to eight days which can to the imprisoned be likened to a month of hellish worrying uncertainty. Remember the case of the falsely imprisoned Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four.