Not Saussure

March 6, 2007

Terrorist Suspects — considerably more of the latter than the former

Filed under: Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 2:47 am

The Indy reports:

Less than 4 per cent of the people arrested under anti-terror laws since the September 11 attacks five years ago have been convicted of terrorist offences, it was disclosed yesterday.

Following warnings from Muslim groups over the growing alienation of large sections of the community, the Government faced demands for an overhaul of anti-terrorist legislation.

Ministers also came under sustained fire in the House of Lords for their use of control orders against terrorist suspects, with peers warning that the policy could backfire by attracting support for extremism.

Statistics released by the Home Office disclosed that 1,166 people were detained between 11 September 2001, and 31 December last year on suspicion of involvement in terrorism.

These arrests have so far led to 221 charges and just 40 convictions, although some other prosecutions are still in the pipeline.

If they’d only let Dr Reid intern them without bothering with a trial, then we wouldn’t have this sort of embarrassment

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  1. Quite, quite. However, the new 3 star Oford Prison, formally a hotel, previously Oxford Prison, will only cater for the likes of Lord Levy, Jonathan Powell and Ruth Turner.

    I have unveiled the plan on my blog.

    Comment by John Reid — March 6, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

  2. Ah, yes, Home Secretary; I’ve heard all about the interrogation techniques used in that particular penal establishment.

    Comment by notsaussure — March 6, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  3. I rang up the hotel to speak to the manager, anonymously, to ask for a comment on the the proposed plan, and a obligiing receptionist replied: “Yes, that’s right”, which came as something of a shock I can tell you! So, would you take that as confirmation?

    Comment by John Reid — March 6, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  4. “If they’d only let Dr Reid intern them without bothering with a trial, then we wouldn’t have this sort of embarrassment”

    Ah, the Denning gambit, works everytime.

    Although it’s probably unknowable, I wonder how the arrest/conviction rate would look if only those people arrested on actual suspicion of real terrorism were included? ie not those arrested for heckling ministers or reading names, in the way that the Gov promised would never happen under the new ever-harsher laws?

    Comment by alabastercodify — March 6, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

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