Friday, March 30, 2012

The UK Terrorism Act turns 6

I just found out that today is the sixth anniversary of the UK Terrorism Act becoming law (30 March 2006). 

The Terrorism Act 2006 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that received Royal Assent on 30 March 2006, after being introduced on 12 October 2005. The Act creates new offences related to terrorism, and amends existing ones. The Act was drafted in the aftermath of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, and some of its terms have proven to be highly controversial. The government considers the Act a necessary response to an unparalleled terrorist threat; it has encountered opposition from those who feel that it is an undue imposition on civil liberties, and could increase the terrorism risk: "What more fertile recruitment ground for extremism could there be than innocent young men released without charge after 90 days internment?." The Act has drawn considerable media attention, not least because one of the key votes resulted in the first defeat of the government of Tony Blair on the floor of the House of Commons, and the worst such defeat for any government since 1978.

I'm not sure how this matches up with the new amendments to the Fiji Public Order Act but if you are analytically inclined or vertical or horizontally analytic, please look at this and make your comparisons. 

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