The wounds of those who suffered loss had not healed up that another terror struck on July 7 2005 inside our home. Innocent lives were still at risk. More needed to be done. This resulted in revised security measures, dealing with terrorism and threats to national interests, domestic and foreign. Although the wisdom of the so-called War on Terror is a hot topic for debate, let’s discuss how these revised security measures, instruments, regulations and others have impacted the lives and rights of common citizens in Britain.
Every nation has interests to protect. However, in an attempt to wage war on terrorists, real and imaginary, our nation is chipping off basic civil rights of its citizens including the right to privacy, while assigning extra powers in the name of national security. There is large ground to cover, as this has been done in various different parts as new rules and amendments in documents serving as the foundation of our nation.
In light of these new amendments, UK authorities can detain suspects for 28 days under the Terrorism Act 2006, from 14 days previously, as stipulated in Criminal Justice Act 2003, without filing charges. Although authorities have been asking for an indefinite detention period, it is largely opposed. The government’s request to increase this period to 90 days has been opposed by the parliament, subsequently marking earlier Prime Minister Tony Blair’s first defeat in the House of Commons in 2005 (Civil Rights Movement, UK, 2008).
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