UK expected to rush new anti-terror measures into law after bombings

[JURIST] Ministers are expected to rush into law new measures to arrest and detain terrorism suspects in the UK after Thursday's bombings in London [JURIST report], according to British press reports Friday. A draft counter-terrorism bill [House of Commons website] designed to create new offenses related to planning terrorist attacks and a controversial ID card bill [JURIST report] already before Parliament now seem likely to be approved. Lawyers and civil rights groups are urging caution, however, pointing to the "political and legal disaster" caused by laws targeting the IRA in the 70s and 80s and perhaps bearing in mind US experience with the Patriot Act, brought in in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. The Independent has more.

 

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