Terror detention period now 14 days

Why do politicians find it so difficult to recognise the reality of a situation when trying to save face?

New broom, Damian Green of the Home Office, has announced that the present government has decided, as part of its recent review of terrorist measures, to reduce the 28-day detention period to 14 days.  Some of you may remember that the previous labour government were reduced to leaving their measure to increase the detention to 42 days on the table in a bid to save its legislative programme at the time.  The measure to increase the maximum period to 42 days received opposition from civil liberties groups.

Now we are told that the 28 day period, far from being increased, is being reduced to 14 days.  The provision operates as part of the Terrorist Act 2006.  The new period will apply from the 25 January 2011.

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