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Yet more anti-terrorism legislation


Prime Minister Cameron has warned that the danger posed by Islamic State (Isis) extremists presented the biggest security threat of modern times, surpassing that of al-Qaida. He is joined by many voices in calling for a range of new powers. As if there are not enough already, many of them the product of similar panic attacks.

The coalition’s package of measures does not include key proposals, shelved amid legal uncertainty, Lib Dem objections and doubts within the security services. Cameron insists that new measures are still needed to prevent British jihadis returning to this country but his rhetoric is not backed up by specific proposals. Read the full story

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The war on terror


The so-called war on terror is nearly 13 years old. In that time there have been crackdowns on civil liberties across the world and military interventions whose consequences have ranged from the disastrous to the catastrophic. But little seems to have been learned.

Last Friday the level of threat of a terrorist attack in the UK was raised to ‘severe’ by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) due to fears about British jihadis returning from Iraq and Syria. This prompted Prime Minister Cameron to warn that the danger posed by Islamic State (Isis) extremists presented the biggest security threat of modern times, surpassing that of al-Qaida. Read the full story

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The Gareth Williams inquest


Last week the coroner in the Gareth Williams case delivered a damning verdict, highly critical both of the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism branch and MI6

Dr Fiona Wilcox levelled excoriating criticism at Williams’s employers at MI6 who failed to report him missing for seven days when he did not turn up for work. It took Williams’s sister, not his workmates, to call the alarm. Wilcox detailed what can only be interpreted as incompetence or callousness by his employers in respect of one of their young high fliers. And these are the very people who are supposed to be looking out for us. Read the full story

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Judges reject use of secret evidence in civil trials


“The importance of civil trials being fair, the procedures of the court being simple, and the rules of court being clear are all of cardinal importance. It would, in our view, be wrong for judges to introduce into ordinary civil trials a procedure which…cuts across absolutely fundamental principles (the right to a fair trial and the right to know the reasons for the outcome), initially hard fought for and now well established Read the full story

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