July 15, 2007

unlimited detention without trial

The government has seen the error of it's ways over 90 day detentions. Not because of those little things like due process of civil liberties, oh no, but because 90 days is simply not long enough. They want unlimited detention without trial.

My prediction that the time for detention without charge would be extended again before the next election is looking even safer now. Unfortunately I don't think that my graph of the erosion of habeas corpus has enough space for 'unlimited'. The government has already given itself the power of holding people under house arrest without trial for an unlimited time, but only on authorization of the Home Secretary. Should anything come of this proposal it will remove that safeguard, making it much easier to be applied to more people, and have the victims imprisoned in jail rather than their homes.


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