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Spy chief: We risk a police state

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Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has warned that the fear of terrorism is being exploited by the Government to erode civil liberties and risks creating a police state.

Dame Stella, 73, added: “The US has gone too far with Guantánamo and the tortures. MI5 does not do that. Furthermore it has achieved the opposite effect: there are more and more suicide terrorists finding a greater justification.” She said the British secret services were “no angels” but insisted they did not kill people.


Dame Stella Rimington

Dame Stella became the first woman director general of MI5 in 1992 Photo: MARTIN POPE

Dame Stella accused ministers of interfering with people’s privacy and playing straight into the hands of terrorists.

“Since I have retired I feel more at liberty to be against certain decisions of the Government, especially the attempt to pass laws which interfere with people’s privacy,” Dame Stella said in an interview with a Spanish newspaper.

“It would be better that the Government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism: that we live in fear and under a police state,” she said.–more–

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US blasted for human rights violations
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 08:54:19 GMT

Inmates at the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Anti-terror measures by the US and the UK have seriously damaged the standing of international human rights laws, a study reveals.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said in its recent report that human rights violations committed in anti-terror efforts worldwide have been shocking.

The report, based on a three-year global study, declares that many measures employed in the fight against terrorism after the 9/11 attacks on the US were illegal and counter-productive.

“In the course of this inquiry, we have been shocked by the extent of the damage done over the past seven years by excessive or abusive counter-terrorism measures in a wide range of countries around the world,” said ICJ member Arthur Chaskalson.–more–

Written by morris

February 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm

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