The Long Arm of the Law

Two months after the U.S. terror attacks, the British government unveiled a proposed bill that would allow foreign terrorist suspects in the U.K. who could not be deported to be detained indefinitely without a public trial.

Although the measure drew protests from civil liberties groups, it was defended by Home Secretary David Blunkett as one that contained "proportionate and targeted measures which will ensure and safeguard our way of life against those who would take our freedom away." The bill is expected to become law by Christmas. Though many argue that measures like these deprive...

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