Repugnant Detention: A response

Repugnant Detention: A response

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Whilst politicians may reassure us that measures such as Control Orders and TPims were introduced to protect the innocent from the atrocities witnessed in New York, London and Madrid, the erosion of the Rule of Law and concepts which are supposed cornerstones of a “good legal system” is alarming as it is relentless.

It would be disingenuous to lay the blame entirely at the door of the British Parliament as the fear and perception of the risk posed to this state by terrorism is perpetuated in the media.  Google “Britain” and “Syria” together and you would be forgiven for undertaking a full threat risk assessment before leaving the house such as the reported threat that IS poses to the UK and our much heralded “British Values”.

My own research amongst 16-18 year old Sheffield residents on counterterrorism strategies was telling in its absence of criticism expressed towards this creep.  The participants were from a broad range of ethnic and demographic backgrounds and whilst some were able to articulate the risk of racial profiling, none expressed a fear that their own rights as UK citizens were being chipped away at.

Indeed, there was a noticeable sense that those coming of age in a post-9/11 world have been conditioned to simply accept that the benefits of a counter-terrorism strategy which robs Peter to pay Paul is an acceptable one if it saves us from the terrorist.

Whilst the situation in Syria and Iraq continues to descend into a desperate human tragedy, having arguably been stoked by Western intervention / non-intervention, the press will continue to make hay on such stories and, for fear of attack, the “Rolls Royce” principle of protecting the innocent from the state is very much parked in the garage.

 

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