I have weighed up the balance between the right to life the most important civil liberty the fact that there is no such thing as complete security and the importance of our hard-won civil liberties. Therefore, on a matter of principle, I cannot support the proposal in the Bill for pre-charge detention of 42 days.
Manningham-Buller's speech was part of the opening House of Lords debate [transcript; Liberty UK backgrounder] on the bill. The peers will vote on the bill in the fall, and are expected to reject it. The Independent has more.
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