back to article Jacqui Smith resurrects 42-days after Lords rejection

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has introduced a one-line bill* which could be rushed through Parliament against any individual the police wished to hold for 42 days. The House of Lords last night threw out her attempt to extend detention for suspected terrorists to 42 days. The clause was removed from the Counter Terrorism Bill as …

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There's a "non-severe" end of severe?

The only threat to this country is having an incompetent fascist like her near the top.

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We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to u

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice. (Hierocles)

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One-line bill?

Better correct that, it's a one-page bill. A one-line bill would be "All your civil liberties are belong to us."

The government can rush the one-page bill through if they've declared a national emergency. I can't remember off-hand exactly under what conditions they have can declare national emergency but I do remember they've been broadened under previous crime and terrorism bills and I believe parliamentary majority is not required.

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stupid woman

her original plea gets rejected by the House of Lords so she comes up with another one to do exactly the same thing!

Bloody stupid b'tch, she is not bigger or more important than the Lords. she should crawl back under her taxpayers-paid-for-stone and bio-degrade like the scum she is

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"They don't like it up 'em!"

When I was young (and foolish) I used to believe that The Lords was an undemocratic gaggle of hereditary inbreeds and a waste of space in the democratic process.

How wrong can you be.

Gawd bless 'em.

You almost feel sorry for Jaqui, scrabbling around for the tattered shreds of the '42 days' and posturing like some spoiled brat.

Showing her true colours there!

Sorry? NOT!!

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Does she not listen?

Those opposing the bill, including many NuLabour cronies in the Lords, had very good arguments as to why it was a bad idea. She can't just kep parroting 'we need it the risk is severe' and expect, in the face of the evidence, that we'll finally be bludgeoned into submission. We have assessed the risks, and feel the risk to our commonwealth of liberties is greater than this season's crop of misguided loonies who think (in the face of the evidence) that killing civilians is a way to change the minds of governments.

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Pah!

So they have a 1 liner bill which can be pushed through parliament saying "we want to be able to hold Mustaffa al Terrorist because he's a very naughty boy."

That'll bode well for any intended prosecution won't it?

When a case can get thrown out for undue press coverage d'you reckon that publishing in Hansard might impact upon any future proceedings?

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What a surprise

Will our cryptofacist overlords stop at nothing to stomp all over our civil liberties? I'm guessing the next move is to start dismantling the upper house so they can push through any bill they damn well like. Sigh.

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Parliament Act

What we need is a new Parliament Act; whilst 1911 may have been OK, reducing the Lords' ability to block legislation to two parliamentary sessions over one year is makes it just too easy to force stupid things through (even if they have no logic, are not even plausibly necessary AND are opposed by most of the people one might think would be in favour - in this case police, ex-attorney generals of the same party, SIS, etc.)

[It should probably include a "reverse-Salisbury" provision too: Parliament should not be able to force through a bill explicitly contrary to manifesto commitments (which was it - the university fees? - that they promised would not be introduced... then did)]

...apologies, that's far too sensible, what I meant to say of course was: twats/What Ho! the Lords.

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Stand down Jacqui.

You're an embarassment to the human race.

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David Davis? Don't make me laugh

It was nothing to do with his pointless publicity stunt. This was always going to be rejected.

As for Jacqui? Give it up you daft bint.

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severe...

like a financial dispute (re icelandic bank assets.)

I wonder if they play a game "How can I abuse the anti-terror laws this week, most imaginative answers win a bottle of champers."

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Severe as in what?

Food, shelter and power riots etc. when the economy really does hit the shitter?

All in the name of trrrrrism you understand.

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42 days for complaining about fuel prices?

Not quite as bad as China yet. Try harder.

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Shock Doctrine?

"You're obviously not scared enough, so we'll wait until you are before we ask you to abandon what few guarantees to civil liberties we have left. just see if we don't"

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Govtard.

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We're at the severe end of severe?

And yet it *still* seems like the bulk of the terrorist plots are carried out by people who can't make things explode, or who are penetrated by the security services before they can actually do anything.

I can't wait until we're at the mild end of severe.

The only obvious argument for longer pre-charge detention is in the hope that someone who kept quiet for a month will somehow become talkative in the next fortnight, or to keep someone locked up who you're confident is guilty until sufficient evidence turns up to charge them.

Once someone has been in custody even for a few days, any co-conspirators still at liberty will likely have moved, changed identities, and altered their plans, unless they're extraordinarily thick.

If the bulk of the threat is from some kind of bomb or another, since there's no shortage of potential targets (basically anywhere with people gathered together), changing plans in the face of a potential security breach must be fairly easy.

If it's a matter of getting enough evidence to charge someone with something serious enough to warrant their continued detention, if you're desperate to keep them in custody because you're sure something is going on, you can always charge them with some kind of conspiracy and worry about the case falling apart months or years later at trial.

At the moment, it doesn't seem that there's much fallout if some grand terrorist plot trial turns into a bit of a damp squib. Unless such events become too frequent, I don't expect that situation will change much, and if there was some real emergency, most people would likely be even less concerned about the people who eventually have charges dropped or are found not guilty. It's hard to see what future circumstances would warrant an instant law change just to keep some dangerous person inside.

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Stupid bint

'Smith told the Commons that the threat facing the UK was: "the severe end of severe" '

Aye, AND JAQUI IS THE ONE THREATENING IT!

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A cunning plan....

The 42 day bill will be held until something bad happens, and then brought in during the predictable 'foaming at the mouth' jingoism afterwards. Cue the press howling that any attempt to oppose the new terror laws being 'an insult to the victims', blah blah blah, and Ms Smith wins.

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Jacqui Smith - silly name

If Jacqui Smith _really_ believes what she says about 42 days why has she given up? Sure, it would be a lot of hard work to force through this terrible bill, but governments have done so in the past.

Jacqui Smith knows the terrible flaw that lurks at the heart of the bill. What happens on day 43? Someone who is _so_ suspect that a judge and parliament will agree to extended detention is released and will immediately appear in every headline proclaiming their innocence.

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Putin would be proud of her

Someone remind me, when is it we get to vote them out? Can't bloody wait...

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Time is money

The time limit on detentions supposedly reflects that amount of time the fuzz need to investigate a situation. This is a function of the number of man-hours applied to the particular case, not the number of times the sun sets. If the police consider something to be important enough, they should assign more people to work on it. If there aren't enough people available - or enough money to pay their overtime, that's not the suspect's fault and they should not be held merely for that reason.

Instead of extending the length of time anyone can be held, a government that seriously thinks there's a need to expend more effort on some cases should be required to apply that effort in a shorter time, rather than to detain innocent people if it's not convenient to "process" them quicker. Let's see how seriously they take these so-called threats by having them assign more money to these investigations, not by imprisoning people on no charge until they get round to doing some detective work.

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Re: "They don't like it up 'em!"

I, for one, welcome our undemocratic gaggle of hereditary inbred overlor... oh hang about...

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We need to repeal 'control orders'

If someone is a terrorists there should be evidence and a trial, we can't simply let Jacqui Smith pull a control order out of her ass and start restricting people's rights just on her word alone.

Enough already, we need to get back to the basics.

No punishment without Judicial process, freedom of speech, innocent until proven guilty, probably cause before search, the right to protest,etc.

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@Stuart Harrison.

You say "I'm guessing the next move is to start dismantling the upper house so they can push through any bill they damn well like."

I see your comment and raise you The Parliament Act. GodEmperor Tony Bliar shoved this little gem through and it has already been used to override the Lords overturning of ill-conceived NuLabour legislation in order that "the government" (whoever is in, so not just NuLabour - wonder if the GodEmperor thought of that when he forced it through?) can decide to ignore the Lords if the old duffers dare to disagree.

And aint it funny how Bliar was going to get rid of the House of Lords until they let him have The Parliament Act... hmm. Anyone would think he just expected them to roll over and vote his way. Oh well, guess the old gits (dictionary definition = "awkward or obtuse person") are good for something.

Mines the one in that nice dayglo orange reserved for "threats to national security" (*) everywhere.

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(*) That is, anyone who dares to question The Party^H^H^H oops so sorry, the Government...

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@Mr Hat-and-Coat

Govtard - like it.

@ The rest of you. We're all a bit pinko liberal today, aren't we? Can't we get some nice redneck flames on how good Guantamo Bay has been at obtaining evidence and preventing terrorism?

It should go back to 48 hours. It's a bit sick that we're celebrating the fact that detention without trial hasn't been extended to 42 days but it's still four, fucking long weeks. It's the job of the secret services to take out the really dangerous and naughty people even if the break the law doing so and not the responsibility of those civilians in uniform aka the police.

Oh, and can we have a reminder that MI5 officially reckons that the IRA is currently still a bigger problem than any putative jihadist, despite repeated attempts to fasttrack discontented Asians into radical fodder.

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Silly cow

What really worries her, of course, is that life will go on as normal without her silly Bill, or that she really could walk down Lewisham high street for a kebab without an armed guard and return unmolested. You'd have to be pretty desperate, IMHO...

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If...

... they can abuse anti-terror legislation to freeze the assets of Icelandic banks and to snoop on people who try to get their kids into schools outside the borough, couldn't they also use it to slap 42 days' trial-free detention on, for example, cannabis-smoking politicians who try to change the law on cannabis?

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42 days later

Danny Boyle could have a field day with this one.

Our hero - Jacqui - is the sole survivor in Westminster. Picture the scene. She's walking across Westminster bridge, the tatters of her bill blowing in the wind. She's shaking her head woefully. "Oh, if only they'd listened to me"

From over the horizon - she sees a mass of dark bodies, although they seem eerily to move as one. Everyone except her have turned into flesh eating, bearded terrrists! Aaaargh - run for your life, Jacqui! Run for your life!!!

She tries taking refuge in the Commons. No good, they've breeched the security by taking jobs as cleaners. Up to the Lords she goes. The House is filled with slow moving pseudo corpses, drooling with their hands outstretched.

"Phew, they haven't got up here. The old dears are still the same as ever".

Alas, Jacqui fails to notice that in any great zombie movie, the safest place is...in the pub.

Jaqcui gets ripped apart by the fogeys. Fade out, The End

Roll credits.

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''the severe end of severe''

Yes - severely at risk of ending up as a fascist state. Let us be thankful for the Lords.

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Is she a left over from the bush administration or what?

This woman is something else. Just like the reclassification of cannibis, she has completely ignored any information that contradicts her fascist view and goes ahead and does what she wants anyway. Oh the boys over the pond must envy G. Brown so. Palin is there best attempt and she seems like a political genius in comparison.

This pompous bigot needs to be relocated to a position where she can put her personality to better use and still serve the public in some constructive way, like being a night bus driver...

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And they'd never, ever misuse it

...Like, say, use anti-terrorism laws to seize the assets of a friendly nation.

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Severe end of severe?

Fewer people have been or injured in the UK by would-be terrorist <strike>twats<.strike> plots since 2005 for the past several years than by dogs. And frankly, I'm not that terrified of dogs, which strike me as the mild end of mild threats. Though our own version of the pitbull in lipstick is starting to get me down.

What hyperbole would she drag up for a a semi-pro organisation like the IRA, or the PLO, or smart and enthusiastic amateurs like the Red Army Faction, which even taken all together with their many chums and a variety of statal and para-statal backing seem not to have brought down more than minor inconvenience on us in the 1970s and 80s, while we preserved most of our liberties.

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Jacqui's wacky world view.

Number of days you can be locked up without charge.

Canada # 1

USA ## 2

Russia ##### 5

France ###### 6

Ireland ####### 7

Turkey ####### 7.5

UK now ############################ 28

Smith ########################################## 42

Data courtesy of www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/

This woman obviously knows something that is so scary that she is not willing to share it with the rest of the world. This is totally off the scale type scariness, hard to live with, impossible to share. Does she sleep at night; is she sane? Have our spooks been told.

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Has this woman never played scrabble?

Severe end of severe... would be er... simply severe.

No wonder they need 42 days to fabricate, sorry collect evidence when the home secretary can't even use a fairly simple english word appropriately in a sentence.

"The need is particularly severe" would have done.

I think Jaqui is at the Stupid end of Stupid!

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...the thicker end of thick ?

... the stalinist end of stalinist ?

..or maybe just the deafer end of deaf.

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what is it with...

women in power? Do they have to prove they are tougher than everyone else?

Thatcher, Smith, Palin?

Can't we have some real women in power, you know the ones that don't want to torture & kill everyone.....

Coat? Mine's the one without the padded shoulders...

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@ Putin would be proud of her

No he wouldn't - he'd be horrified. The maximum detention without trial in Russia is 5 days.

http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/issues/pdfs/pre-charge-detention-comparative-law-study.pdf

And can I second "They don't like it up em": more power to our unelected overlords! Long may they flaunt our democratically elected betters with their unfashionable "long term" view.

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@Dan

> The government can rush the one-page bill through if they've declared a national emergency. I can't remember off-hand exactly under what conditions they have can declare national emergency

For more information (at the risk of a Godwin!) see the "Enabling Legislation" which allowed Hitler to seize power from the Reichstag in 1933...

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Norman Andrews for PM

Or at least a pundit's slot on a serious news program

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Re: what is it with...

Sadly it's because women *have* to be tougher than everyone else to get to the top, because it's still more difficult for women. Which means the only women who get to the top at present are the most terrifyingly ambitious and hardened ones. The wrong ones, basically.

I still can't quite explain Palin, though. Holy good gravy.

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Ignore David Davis

I wouldn't pay any attention to David Davis. If you spend some time doing some real digging, you'll find that his high profile supporters are all people who stand to gain from the passing of said bill.

David Davis' stunt is a cunning reverse-psychology vote grabber. It runs like this:

Davis: I shall not be part of this liberty stripping system any longer!

Public: Good! What will you do?

Davis: I shall resign, and force a by election! The people shall show by their vote if they want this bill out or not!

Public: Absolutely! We'll vote for you!

*** Election passes ***

Davis: Now that I'm in, and the conservatives run the country, this 42-day thing isn't such a bad idea....

Public: But... you said....

Davis: Stuff that. You were gullible. Carry on... *** parliament act stamp ***

Shami Chakrabarti is another faux libertarian. One day she'll be all "this takes away human rights!" and the next day you'll find out she was at the top table of a Fabian Society meeting that decided they should push to ban people using the word "chav". Can't have it both ways Shami.

-- Richard

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RE: Russia 5 days stuff

To be fair though, in Russia you just end up committing suicide in interesting and implausible ways. Or getting elected.

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I agree with 42 days detention...

...for Jacqui Smith.

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wacki indeed

Why wasn't any of this anti-terror law needed when the various Irish groups were regularly blowing chunks out of the country ?

@ David Wilson

what he said

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Sadly it's because women *have* to be tougher

I deny that is the case.

It's *easier* for women to get ahead when they act tougher.

Because men can't socially act against that like they can men.

This doesn't mean they HAVE to be tougher than men to get ahead.

For those who cannot get the idea that women ARE humans just like them, acting tough doesn't help.

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Stupid Bitch

Is there really anything more that needs to be said?

Paris could do better.

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42 days

so after 42 days when they find I am insconet I have no job (I do not think my imployer will w8 for me) no house (42 days with no job no income no morgage/rent) no mony (see prevoius comment) and will I get compensation for being held ....yer it was a silly question

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Neues Arbeit - Kraft Durch Dummheit

Well, here we go again - the stupid woman with the shoulder pads (they're for mounting the Schutzstaffel flashes when it's safe to reveal the truth) feels it's safe to ignore the will of the people and common sense with this disgusting little bill.

Herr Braun must be proud of her.

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Serve end of serve

Like old Jackies the stupid end of stupid, let it go woman you can't have everything your own way sometimes you have to miss Eastenders so we can watch european football.

sorry thats my thought can't watch what she wants at home so at work she'll have it her own way, even if that means locking people up for a month and a half without telling 'em why? yer free country my arse.

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