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Spooks in court

It is time to rethink the ban on using telephone intercept intelligence in court

By Nick Pearce   March 2005

Few Labour home secretaries keep their liberal credentials intact for very long, and Charles Clarke has turned out to be no exception. He has ridden into a barrage of criticism over plans for the house arrest of potential terrorists.

Clarke’s proposals are designed to overcome the law lords’ December ruling that the detention provisions of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 discriminate against foreign nationals. By applying control orders to everybody, regardless of nationality, Clarke hopes to overcome that legal hurdle.

In the face of such opposition, it is surprising that Clarke has chosen to rule out the obvious…

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