Britain’s senior prosecutor: ‘war on terror’ is just Blair’s empty rhetoric

This video says about itself:

Since Tony Blair’s New Labour government came to power in 1997, the UK civil liberties landscape has changed dramatically. ASBOs were introduced by Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and first used in 1999. The right to remain silent is no longer universal. Our right to privacy, free from interception of communications has been severely curtailed. The ability to travel without surveillance (or those details of our journeys being retained) has disappeared. Indeed, as Henry Porter (the Observer journalist famous for his recent email clash with Tony Blair over the paring down of civil liberties) reveals in this unsettling film, our movements are being watched, and recorded, more than ever before.

By Julie Hyland:

Britain’s senior prosecutor: no such thing as a “war on terror

26 January 2007

Britain’s director of public prosecutions has publicly called into question claims by Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government that the country is engaged in a “war on terror.”

In a speech to the Criminal Bar Association this week, Sir Ken Macdonald QC (Queen’s Counsel) said, “London is not a battlefield.

Those innocents who were murdered on July 7, 2005 were not victims of war. And the men who killed them were not, as in their vanity they claimed on their ludicrous videos, ‘soldiers’.

They were deluded, narcissistic inadequates. They were criminals. They were fantasists.

We need to be very clear about this. On the streets of London, there is no such thing as a ‘war on terror’, just as there can be no such thing as a ‘war on drugs [see also here].’

“The fight against terrorism on the streets of Britain is not a war,” he said, criticizing “post-9/11 rhetoric” which had “encouraged knee-jerk legislation hostile to traditional rights.”

It followed that the criminal justice response to terrorism must be “proportionate and grounded in due process and the rule of law.” “We must protect ourselves from these atrocious crimes without abandoning our traditions of freedom.”

Macdonald’s remarks were directed in particular at the government’s opt-out from the European Convention on Human Rights on the grounds of a national emergency in order to pass its anti-terror laws.

Blair government on the defensive: here.

‘Terrorism’ hysteria in Britain: here.

2 thoughts on “Britain’s senior prosecutor: ‘war on terror’ is just Blair’s empty rhetoric

  1. Posted by: “frankofbos” frankofbos
    Sun Dec 7, 2008 9:56 pm (PST)
    The bi-partisan heads of the respected 9/11 Commission say on this date
    that the Bush administration obstructed their investigation of that
    deadly day. Also on this date, a soldier is cheered on as he complains
    to Rumsfeld of the unarmored vehicles troops are forced to rely on in
    Iraq, with deadly consequences. And a Bushism, and a Dana-ism.

    Today’s category: Bushisms, Dishonesty, Failing the Troops, Iraq


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