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Review of counter-terror and security powers underway
DB News: 27/07/2010 - 10:58
Areas looked at include the use of control orders and the detention of terror suspects before charge.
Key counter-terrorism and security powers are undergoing a rapid review.
The review will look at what counter-terrorism powers and measures could be rolled back in order to restore the balance of civil liberties and counter-terrorism powers.
The use of control orders, stop and search powers in section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and the use of terrorism legislation in relation to photography and the detention of terrorist suspects before charge will be looked at.
Also, extending the use of deportations with assurances to remove foreign nationals from the UK who pose a threat to national security, measures to deal with organisations that promote hatred or violence and the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by local authorities, and access to communications data more generally.
Lord Ken Macdonald QC will ensure the review is properly conducted, that all the relevant options have been considered and that the recommendations are balanced.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: "I want a counter-terrorism regime that is proportionate, focused and transparent." "We must ensure that in protecting public safety, the powers which we need to deal with terrorism are in keeping with Britain’s traditions of freedom and fairness."