Monday, 2 March 2009

Convention on Modern Liberty

I wasn't able to attend the civil liberties conference, but I want to express my complete support for it. Discussing, protesting and raising awareness of these erosions to our fundamental rights, is so important.

The counter terrorism laws being passed by New Labour are making all citizens increasingly prove they're not a terrorist or extremist. The idea that to tackle terrorism you criminalise an entire country is just extreme in itself, and exactly who is the threat to Britain's way of life here?

By defining 'terrorism' in an ambiguous way, these laws have allowed police to interpret rather than enforce them. New Labour has given away unrestricted power without ever asking the question of who guards the guards? This has left us in an ever increasing police state, with an inferior ability to protest against these erosions to our liberty, or hold our government to account.

Our rights have been built upon over time and certainly shouldn't be lost so easily, as echoes of such acts run through history, it's shameful they couldn't stay there.
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
- Benjamin Franklin

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