Theresa May's Twisted Logic To Fight Terrorism: Rip Up Human Rights

Lucy Bush
June 7, 2017

As of November 2016, seven people were subjected to TPims - six of whom were British nationals. They grant the authorities the ability, lasting initially for one year but which can be extended to two, to implement a form of house arrest and relocate a subject up to 320km from their usual residence.

While control orders were widely criticized by many judges and human rights campaigners, the UK's top court ruled on several occasions that onerous restrictions on the freedom of unconvicted suspects was nevertheless in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

"From Mrs May's point of view, it's very hard for her to suggest anything radically different because of course she's been in charge of security policy for the last seven years, either in overall charge or as home secretary", he said.

More controversially, she made it plain that if that means the government would have to change the laws on human rights, she is prepared to do so.

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Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg labelled May's comment's "ludicrous", and said "attacking the principles of human rights legislation is not the right way to keep us safe". This means figures such as Egyptian cleric Abu Hamza, who preached Islamic fundamentalism and militant Islamism, span out their appeals for years rather than face swift removal. "And it's very easy to say, 'We need more police on the street because that might have stopped some of these things, ' but - really - would it?"

But as well as the focus on what the authorities knew, the PM has come under fire over her record on security in the wake of the terror attack. New university investment funds will be publicly listed for investors to finance the commercialization of discoveries, the party said.

"If human rights laws stop us from doing that, then we will change those laws", she told LBC radio.

"A new approach may be needed through the expert knowledge of worldwide lawyers to develop a solution by defining the word "risk" in the convention so that governments are given a duty to protect the population against the interests of the individual, and the balance of evidence for this is not the same weighting that is used now in the courts".

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The recent surge in terror attacks had instead been caused by "people just coming onto the radar", he said, arguing that the lack of police officers on the streets was restricting the amount of intelligence reaching security officials. Setting out how she'd spend Britain's clawed-back contributions to the European Union budget as the country leaves the bloc, she said there'd be more money for fast internet connections, funds to commercialize research, and better road and rail services as part of a 23 billion-pound ($29.7 billion) package.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was not for her or Mr Johnson to "say how that happened or what happened".

"All she would do is reduce freedom, not terrorism".

Theresa May today admitted there are questions to answer over how the security services handled the London Bridge killers - amid anger that at least one of them "slipped through the net". Instead, he said, the United Kingdom might opt out of parts of it.

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