What is the point of having anti-Terror laws?
Under a Labour government, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith presented in the House of Commons some of the most draconian limitations of civil rights this country has ever known publicly known as Anti-Terror Legislation.
Anti-Terror Legislation including in fact the abolition of Habeas Corpus (the right to be told why you are arrested), of the right to have access to a Defence Attorney as soon as you are arrested and of the right your relatives and friends have to know that you have been arrested and to know where you are. Detention without trial for long periods of time was legitimised and the presumption of innocence was completely ignored.
Such attack on our civil rights was justified by the then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and others because they said that such measures were needed to protect us from terrorist attacks and the legislation is being used by local authorities to spy on ordinary citizens for purposes that bear no relationship to terrorism.
What a paradox! Our civil rights were eroded to protect us from terrorist attacks and terrorists are free to go around preaching terrorism and violence.