Sunday, 11 July 2010

Libertarianism - Part 2.

Henry Porter writes an article in today's Observer which is an useful contribution to the libertarian debate about our civil liberties and freedoms. This is just part of the article:
In two months, the coalition has announced the ending of the wasteful and, as it turns out, dangerously insecure children's database, ContactPoint, as well as the ID card scheme. Immigration minister Damian Green put an end to the inhumane detention of thousands of children belonging to asylum seekers. Theresa May has agreed to examine the way the police are collecting and storing photographs and data about legitimate protesters, like 85-year-old peace campaigner John Catt who was classified as a "domestic extremist". She has also said that the automatic number plate recognition system that tracks and records 10 million vehicle journey per day will be placed under statutory regulation and scrutinised for the first time. CCTV cameras used to watch Muslims in Birmingham have been disabled. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act terror laws, used by councils to spy on members of the public, are to be reserved for counterterror operations. And in the last week the home secretary suspended section 44 of the Terrorism Act which allowed police to stop and search 250,000 innocent people last year alone, and Cameron announced details of a full judicial inquiry into allegations that British intelligence officers were involved in the torture of terror suspects.

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