Drifting in and out of consciousness (oxfordhacker) wrote,
Drifting in and out of consciousness
oxfordhacker

Weak Sauce

On the radio this morning, Lord Carlile offered a highly convincing argument for why terrorist suspects should be detained for up to 42 days before being charged. Perfectionist that I am, I went back and listened to the bloody thing again. After all, I'm not at my personal best when I've just woken up, and I was concerned that I might not be doing the old bastard full justice. And indeed, it turns out that he was even more shameless than I had remembered:

LC: I've just watched, out of your radio car window, children setting off to get a bus to school in central London. In 2001, children were the subject of bombs in central London. Much worse could occur.
[Blah blah Iran (a dismissive "yes" from the interviewer when this comes up) blah blah murder using nuclear material (presumably the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. Bad, but irrelevant here to the point of being disingenuous.)]

BBC: I understand that, but you're not claiming, surely, that the 42 day provision will help to prevent disgraceful attacks on children in central London? It wouldn't. It's not set up to do that.

LC: Well it might, it might. That's exactly what I am claiming.

BBC: By what mechanism?

LC: By this mechanism. If somebody is released because the police are not able to carry out a proper investigation, and that person continues on their terrorist way, they may use their skills to do something even more terrible than they were attempting to do or have done before.

Conveniently, this argument would work just as well for lengthening the period beyond 42 days, lowering standards of evidence, or even locking up people suspected of other crimes that could affect kids on buses. How reassuring that he's thinking of the children.
Tags: i heard the news today oh boy, politics, radio 4
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