Britain’s civil liberties are severely curtailed, all in the name of ‘War on Terror’. While he was still in power, Bush’s buddy Tony Blair passed several draconian Acts which give police unfettered powers. They can stop and search anyone in an area considered a likely terrorist target, such as an 81-year-old man detained for wearing an objectionable t-shirt. Under another Act, demonstrators who breach the perimeter fence of “sensitive sites” can be jailed for 51 weeks or fined £5,000 for criminal trespass.
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By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent
Published: 27 July 2007
The attempt to prevent demonstrators from reaching Heathrow airport is the latest in a long line of erosion of civil liberties which started during Tony Blair’s reign. But civil liberties groups hope Gordon Brown will mark a clear break with his predecessor by reversing the trend.
Their anger centres on the use of Section 44 of the 2000 Terrorism Act, which gives police the power to stop and search anyone in an area considered a likely terrorist target. It was used most notoriously to hold Walter Wolfgang, the veteran peace activist who heckled Jack Straw, when he was Foreign Secretary, at the 2005 Labour conference.
In the same year, John Catt, 81, was detained as he walked towards the seafront for an anti war demonstration near the conference hall in Brighton.
He fell foul of the police after he was spotted wearing a T-shirt accusing Tony Blair and George Bush of war crimes. The police record said the “purpose” of the stop and search was “terrorism”.
Protests have also been severely curtailed by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act of 2005. Demonstrators who breach the perimeter fence of “sensitive sites” can be jailed for 51 weeks or fined £5,000 for criminal trespass under the Act.
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