There is a need for ‘cautious rebalancing’ in terrorism laws

David Anderson QC, the current Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, has released his annual report into the operation of terrorism law in 2011. His report calls for a cautious rebalancing in favour of liberty. He identifies three respects in which change should be considered without diminishing the law’s operational effectiveness. These are the rules governing the proscription of organisations, the detention of terrorist suspects and the examination of passengers at UK ports and airports for the purpose of determining whether they are terrorists. The report also suggests that suspected murderers, rapists and terrorists are all essentially part of the same category and should therefore all have the possibility to be released on bail. For more information on the report please visit


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