Casualties of War - 8 weeks of counter-terrorism in rural Englandi
The terrorism acts re-define terrorism to include many forms of peaceful protest. During the war with Iraq, police used these powers extensively to supress protests around air bases in Gloucestershire. 995 "stop and searches" were carried out at RAF Fairford between 21st February and 11st April. None of these searches led to any terrorists being apprehended.
Generally, police have been cautious in applying the new powers given to them by the anti-terrorism acts. They have largely confined themselves to harassing members of vulnerable communities. The war-time policing of Gloucestershire gives us a glimpse of what we can all expect if the new powers go unchallenged.
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