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Friday, December 17, 2004

British Court Says Detentions Violate Rights

From the article:

Using perhaps the sharpest language of the nine British justices' separate opinions, Lord Hoffmann said the case was one of the most important decided by the House of Lords in recent years.

"It calls into question the very existence of an ancient liberty of which this country has until now been very proud: freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention," he wrote, and went on to say that the detentions posed a greater threat to the nation than terrorism.

"The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its traditional laws and political values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these," Lord Hoffmann wrote. "That is the true measure of what terrorism may achieve. It is for Parliament to decide whether to give the terrorists such a victory."

Well said.


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