Ministers 'using fear of terror'
Old spooky colleague (now 73 - retired in '96 head of UK MI5 brand of spookery) Dame Stella Rimington was interviewed by the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.
"It would be better that the government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism - that we live in fear and under a police state,"Former redoubtable Irish president Mary Robinson and President of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) accuses the US and the UK of undermining the framework of international law."Seven years after 9/11 it is time to take stock and to repeal abusive laws and policies enacted in recent years.
"Human rights and international humanitarian law provide a strong and flexible framework to address terrorist threats."
Report: Leading Jurists Call for Urgent Steps to Restore Human Rights in efforts to counter terrorism( ICJ website )- "Assessing Damage, Urging Action" based on 16 public hearings covering moe than 40 countries.
“In the course of this inquiry, we have been shocked by the extent of the damage done over the past seven years by excessive or abusive counter-terrorism measures in a wide range of countries around the world. Many governments, ignoring the lessons of history, have allowed themselves to be rushed into hasty responses to terrorism that have undermined cherished values and violated human rights. The result is a serious threat to the integrity of the international human rights legal framework.”
One wonder's if our kebab loving, BMI challenged, bag lady Home Secretary is reading and listening .... or even PC Slow, Slow, Slow, between shifts on his gay taxi service for those seeking almost wedded bliss.
"repeal abusive laws" don't get me going.
La Vanguardia is a moderate Spanish language newspaper , based in Barcelona with the largest circulation outside the Madrid dailies, since 1881, it accepts and prints letters in Catalan (or in their quaint usage - Catalunya)
UPDATE FRIDAY 20th Feb 2009 : Spyblog has a useful update on the interview by the Spanish with Stella and the Daily Telegraph (17/2/09) take on the interview 2 weeks after it took place "
As someone has remarked , someone has an agenda to cause prolems for kebab guzzling Home Secretary, demi homeless, intellectuall powehouse Jacqui Smith.
Definitely not Boris or anyone at Tory HQ shirley ?