Once again, the government is talking about increasing the time suspects can be held without charge, from 28 days to ’50 ish’. And, once again, they’re not bothering to make a case as to why such a massive infringement in right should be allowed.
The 28-day limit on holding terror suspects without charge is likely to be doubled by the government.
Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said the government wanted to extend the limit, “probably” to 56 days.
Security Minister Lord West said “about 50″ was the figure being talked about – but said safeguards would have to be in place to win over critics.
Lock, twunt features, ‘safeguards’ will not win over any critics unless they’re told why it’s necessary. What further information can be obtained in two months that cannot be obtained in one?
One semi-plausible reason that I’ve heard mentioned was about computer encryption and the like, where time and resources could be necessary. But if the situation is exceptional enough to detain a person without trial for two months, then surely it’s exceptional enough to cancel a few leaves and spend a few quid to get the job done.
The smacking-down that was administered to the government over their original increase in the detention-without-trial period from 14 days was one of the few things that pleased me about parliamentary process over the last decade… I don’t want to see that good work being undone, without so much as an explanation and for no apparent reason.