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4 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I February 2010
UK’s anti-terrorism
legislation censured
In a unanimous ruling, the European personal information exposed to public can be “stopped anywhere and at any
Court of Human Rights condemns view, amounts to a clear interference time, without notice and without any
Britain’s anti-terrorism legislation and could also cause “humiliation and choice as to whether or not to submit
arguing that it disrespects the private embarrassment” to the individual, to a search.”
life of an individual. noted the statement. The judges rejected the
All the seven judges censuring Between 2004 and 2008, over government’s argument that the
the UK legislation said that police 117,000 searches were recorded by searches were the same as those of
searches, without reasonable the British Ministry of Justice, said the travelers at airports.
suspicion of wrongdoing, breach the Human Rights Court. Observers have reported that the
complainants’ right to their private Reacting to the ruling, London’s US and Britain have been violating
life under Article 8 of the European Metropolitan Police said that while their own constitutional laws on basic
Convention on Human Rights, its the British government is seeking to human rights under the pretext of
statement said. appeal the ruling, Section 44 “remains fighting terrorism. Muslim citizens
That the police are empowered in force in specified locations across have been the prime targets of such
to search the person’s clothing and London.” legalized human rights violations.
personal belongings, and having Section 44 states that an individual
UK raises terror threat
Britain has restored the terror threat
level facing the country to ‘severe,’
indicating that an attack is ‘highly
The decision made from an analysis
by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre
(JTAC) comes before an international
conference on Afghanistan is being
hosted in London, when there will
also be discussions on the threat of
terrorism in Yemen.
Announcing the decision, Home
Secretary Alan Johnson said the
level had not been raised to ‘critical’,
the highest, and stressed there was
no intelligence to suggest a terrorist
attack was imminent.
“We never say what the intelligence
is.” Johnson said. “It shouldn’t be
thought to be linked to Detroit or
anywhere else for that matter.”
He said that there was “a real
and serious threat to the UK from
to the third level ‘substantial’ last July the setting up of a new ‘watch list.’
international terrorism” and urged the
for the first time in four years. The The alleged bombing plot at Detroit
public to “remain vigilant and carry
previous time it was lowered was just on Christmas signalled “the first
on reporting suspicious events to the
two months before the 7/7 London operation mounted outside Arabia by
appropriate authorities and to support
bombings in 2005. al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”
the police and security services in
Prime Minister Gordon Brown Nigerian national Umar Farouq
their continuing efforts to discover,
warned that “a number of terrorist cells Abdulmutallab, who was arrested,
track and disrupt terrorist activity.”
are actively trying to attack Britain and was reported to have told his FBI
Severe is the fourth highest of
other countries,” when announcing a interrogators that up to 20 “more like
five levels. The threat was reduced
suspension of flights to Yemen and me” may be preparing further attacks.
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