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Sep09

Anti-terror laws cost us dearly

The failed prosecution of Jack Thomas and at least four men from the Benbrika group who were acquitted of being members of a home-grown jihadist organisation in 2008 has not only eroded public confidence in counterterrorism agencies but also hurt our relationship with large sections of the Muslim community. Engagement and dialogue became a distant secondary consideration during those prosecutions. The landscape after the September 11 attacks has altered the balance, perhaps irretrievably, between the rights of the citizen and the powers of the state. One has only to look at the myriad legislative changes that have permeated our justice system. Anti-terrorism laws need to be pared back...

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Sep09

911 – a ten year reckoning

This weekend will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the day that changed the United States forever. There will be remembrance ceremonies in many cities and towns. In many cases, they will be accompanied by military displays, to remind everyone that the America of George W. Bush and Barack Obama responded with anger, striking first against Afghanistan, which had given Osama bin Laden shelter, and then against a number of other nations that were either considered to be somehow complicit or that harbored their own brands of terrorists. It is a war that once begun could only grow larger as the perceived threat of terrorism grew from a lucky and opportunistic blow against the United States...

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