Britons living in police state
Friday, February 20, 2009
Demonstrators for the U.S. Embassy in London
demands release of one detainee from Guantanamo Bay. AFP PHOTO
LONDON - The British government uses fear to terror to undermine civil liberties. Great Britain is thus the risk to become a police state.
That says Stella Rimington, former head of the British secret service MI5, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.
Rimington believes that the balance between anti-terror measures and the protection of privacy at all looking for. ,, It would be better if the Government certain risks, rather than recognize that it makes people afraid so they can pass laws that affect our freedoms. That is precisely the purpose of terrorism that we are continuing fear a police state in life.''
Rimington also cites to the U.S.. ,, The U.S. is too far gone to Guantanamo and torture. It also has an opposite effect is achieved: there are more and more suicide terrorists who see their actions justified.''
Rimington was the first female director of MI5 and served from 1992 to 1996. She has in recent years repeatedly criticized actions of the British Government. If they put big question marks over plans for an identity requirement to enter. They also criticizes the attempts to detention for terror suspects to be extended without being able to accusation made.
Her statements coincide with the publication of a report by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Also suggests that countries such as Great Britain and the United States with their anti-terror measures have gone too far. ,, States that fail their statutory obligations, creating a dangerous situation in which terrorism and the fear of terrorism, the basic principles of international human rights undermine,''stands in the report.
The former Irish president Mary Robinson is head of the ICJ. According to her, the Western countries as a courageous step back. ,, More than seven years after the attacks of September 11 is the time to look back and the worst laws in recent years it.''
The British Ministry of Home Affairs states that the measures violate privacy only be used in extreme emergency.