Comment at end
18th May 2010
WANDER FREELY AMONG US BRITS, DEAR TERRORISTS
WE WOULDN’T WANT ANYONE TO HURT YOU IN NASTY PAKISTAN
The new Home Secretary, Theresa May (and minister for women and equality), has decided that the government will NOT appeal, repeat NOT appeal against this outrageous decision. Opinion is that if Alan Johnson had still been Home Secretary today HE would have appealed. But THIS government won’t.
Afraid of upsetting Muslims? CRAZY, if that is the case. Most Muslims would love to see this sort banished from Britain. I know exactly who and what they are afraid of. The clue is in their new government party name.
This Liberal/Conservative government (ConDems) will not appeal. To appeal would be to frighten the LibDem, pro-human rights horses.
By the way, the rationale that decrees that SOME of these people have LOST (go here) their appeals on human rights grounds and have been returned to Pakistan, and yet SOME of them have beaten our easily manipulated legal system, escapes me.
As the new parliament meets for the first time today, remember this:
THE FIRST ACT OF THE HOME SECRETARY WAS TO ALLOW AN AL QAEDA LEADER TO REMAIN IN BRITAIN.
WHY? IN CASE HE IS TORTURED WHEN HE RETURNS TO PAKISTAN!
Tied so tightly into their new Lib Dem partnership the Conservatives will not even attempt to alter the Human Rights Act as it is applied in Britain, even though WE ALL KNOW it needs to be revisited, and some wish it to be scrapped altogether. But to look at this, or anything connected fundamentally with the EU, would be to raise the spectre of viscerally held, insoluble differences between the slavish Human Rights protectors – the Lib Dems and the once conservative and EU-cool Tories.
To bring the EU itself into controversial focus? We can’t have that now, can we?
Am I alone in suggesting this? –
Those who are found guilty of attempting terrorist acts or of planning, conniving or inciting others to do so must be exempted from human rights laws protection.
Behaviour that is inhuman is enough for most right-minded people across the political spectrum to say – ‘human rights? You’ve lost the right’.
The alleged leader of an al-Qaeda plot to bomb targets in north west England has won his appeal against deportation.
A special immigration court said Abid Naseer was an al-Qaeda operative – but could not be deported because he faced torture or death back home in Pakistan.
Naseer, 23, was one of 10 Pakistani students arrested last April as part of a massive counter terrorism operation in Liverpool and Manchester.
Another student Ahmad Faraz Khan, also 23, won his appeal on similar grounds.
Lawyers for the new home secretary, Theresa May, said they would not be appealing against the ruling, handed down by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
The security services believed the men were planning to attack within days of their arrest, but neither student was charged.
A third man, Shoaib Khan, 31, who is already back in Pakistan, was cleared of any involvement in terrorism.
The ruling affectively means that MI5’s case against two of the men has been supported by the courts even though neither of them were ever charged with a criminal offence.
Two other men also arrested in the raids who are now back in Pakistan – Abdul Wahab Khan, 27, and Tariq Ur Rehman, 38, – lost their deportation appeals. (Back to top)
The controversial affair began last April when the Metropolitan Police’s then head of counter-terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, accidentally revealed details of the investigation.
Mr Quick resigned after he was photographed with clearly visible secret documents outside Number 10 Downing Street.
Police brought their operation forward and raided a series of locations across Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, eventually detaining 11 men.
Ten of them were students from Pakistan, who were all either close friends or loosely known to each other.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown said at the time that the security services were “dealing with a very big terrorist plot”.
But no explosives were found and all of the men were released without charge after two weeks.
They were immediately detained again under immigration laws after the then home secretary sought their deportation, saying they were still a threat to national security.
In his own report into the investigation, Lord Carlile, the terrorism laws watchdog, said that none of the arrests had been made “on a full evidential foundation” but that officers had moved in because they feared for public safety.
He said the police were “probably right” to launch their operation – with arrests at gun-points in public places – but added that detectives should have sought the advice of specialist prosecutors much earlier.
MY THOUGHTS: Interesting how the Labour-appointed terrorism laws watchdog, Lord Carlile (who happens to be a Liberal Democrat) seems to blame the police for this failure.
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