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Draft Terrorism Bill published

Draft Terrorism Bill published

The government has published a draft of its controversial Terrorism Bill. The Bill would make it a criminal offence to "incite" or "glorify" terrorism. Terrorism, as defined under the Terrorism Act 2000, includes a wide range of actions (including non-violent actions) directed against governments - whether foreign or British.

Amongst other draconian provisions, the Bill woild allow "terrorism suspects" to be detained for up to 90 days without charge. Apart from the clear danger that people held under these conditions may provide unreliable evidence, there is a grave risk that police will expolit these powers to harass and "punish" people who will never be brought to trial

The government's Home Affairs Committee is due to take evidence on these proposals on Tuesday 11 October. According to Home Office press release:

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms are subject to change. It is advisable that those interested in attending the session should check the Committee's website a few days before the meeting.
Home Office Website

Draft Terrorism Bill
(pdf document)