Sunday, April 13, 2008

Terror threat to UK is growing

BBC sas, "Police are currently tracking a number of suspected terror plots
The home secretary has described the terrorism threat facing the UK as "severe" and "growing".
In an interview for the News of the World, Jacqui Smith said it was imperative for the police to be able to detain suspects for longer.
She also said security services were investigating up to 30 terror plots.
Ms Smith is facing a Labour rebellion over plans to extend the time which suspects can be held without charge from 28 to 42 days.
She said: "We now face a threat level that is severe. It's not getting any less, it's actually growing.
"There are 2,000 individuals they are monitoring. There are 200 networks. There are 30 active plots.
"That has increased over the past two years. Since the beginning of 2007, 57 people have been convicted on terrorist plots.
"Nearly half of those pleaded guilty so this is not some figment of the imagination. It is a real risk and a real issue we need to respond to.
"We can't wait for an attack to succeed and then rush in new powers. We've got to stay ahead."
Under the proposals the home secretary would be able to immediately extend the detention limit of a suspect to 42 day, so long as it was supported by a joint report by a Chief Constable and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The extension would then have to be approved by the Commons and the Lords within 30 days. But if either House voted against it, the power would end at midnight on the day of the debate.
The proposals are supported by some senior police officers - but could face a court challenge from the Equality and Human Rights Commission if passed."

Of course no mention of religion or ethnicity here. We should at least be told the Irish are off the hook and it is not Tamil Tiger suicide bombing in London.

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