"The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures...The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one."
Adolf Hitler . March 23rd 1933 proposing the Ermächtigungsgesetz (Enabling Act)..or more formally Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich ("Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Nation").
The home affairs and interior ministers of the G6 - the six largest EU nations - are meeting this weekend on the serene and beautiful island of San Clemente, Venice (pic) - US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and EU security chief Franco Frattini are also enjoying the italian sunshine.
Dottore John Reid the Home Secretary of the new slimmed down Home Office (I'll have that without Justice) is there - and he should fucking well stay there.
He gave a speech in which he called for human rights laws to be rewritten to "protect people against terrorism."
The current situation was "unacceptable", he said because politicians failed to protect citizens by following case law "to the letter" - which is what most legal johnnies not on the Government's payroll understand by the precept amd practice of legal precedents.
This Titan of Jurisprudence demanded of his illustrious colleagues that the international legal system needed "modernising", the distinction between armed conflict and criminal acts was he screamed, out of date... presumably meaning ... for example ... that the illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq ought not not to be tramelled by International agreements, solemnly signed and sealed in peace and without duress... and that any leaders who undertook such acts were ... well .. inoccent.
"We need to work to modernise the law - still protecting human rights and still providing equity and justice - but reflecting the reality of the conflicts and struggles we now face."
The right to security, to the protection of life and liberty, is and should be the basic right on which all others are based he read out.
"We need leadership to do this. It can't be left solely to the lawyers."Well fuck me, we cannot leave law to the lawyers he said - presumably styling himself on the ageing Clemenceau who famously stated that ,"war was too important to be left to the generals .... " He also said when opening the Paris Peace Conference (he was then 77) , "We shall insist on the imposition of penalties on the authors of the abominable crimes committed during the war." .. and so laid the seeds of Weimar Germany and the rise of Hitler and German nationalism.>
"Politicians must expose these issues and set a lead, so that we can protect the rights of all our citizens, including all those threatened by terrorism."
The freedom loving sould told his colleagues that Human rights laws have caused problems for the British government in its attempts to introduce anti-terrorism measures.These include emergency laws in 2001 which were defeated in the House of Lords (How dare they ?) , and courts overturning control orders which restrict the movements of terror suspects... (How dare they ?)
The sooner we lock this cunt up the better.