Home Secretary announces review of ant-terror legislation

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Bruce, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Bruce

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    Good news for photographers? See the second bullet point below.


    Home Secretary Theresa May has pledged to correct the "mistakes" made
    by the Labour government in creating anti-terror legislation that was
    allowed to "ride roughshod" over civil liberties.

    In a statement to MPs on 13 July 2010, the home secretary announced
    that a review of current anti-terror laws will be overseen by former
    director of public prosecutions and Liberal Democrat peer Lord
    Macdonald of River Glaven.

    Ms May said that the review would "put right the failures of the last
    government and in so doing restore the ancient civil liberties that
    should be synonymous with the name of our country".

    The review will consider "the most controversial or sensitive powers,"
    she said, including:

    • The use of control orders for terror suspects

    • Stop and search powers under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000
    and the use of counter-terror laws against photographers

    • The use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by local
    authorities and access to communications data more generally

    • Extending the use of deportations with assurances in a manner
    "consistent with our legal and human rights obligations"

    • Measures to deal with organisations that promote hatred or violence

    • Detention of terror suspects before charge.
    Bruce, Jul 14, 2010
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