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Liberty's recent report taking issue with Britain's 28-day pre-charge detention limit was mere campaigning zeal

By Alex Carlile   December 2007

I admire the campaigning organisation Liberty. Charismatic leadership has given it refreshing visibility and importance. I share its desire to protect civil liberties, especially those threatened by potentially arbitrary actions by the state. Liberty’s concern about counter-terrorism law is justified. The threat of terrorism instills in government a sense of foreboding at least as great as that felt by the public at large. Guardians are needed to protect us from repressive and disproportionate laws. It takes courage to stand up for potentially unpopular causes. Liberty does so by instinct.

Liberty recently published a report comparing periods of pre-charge detention in…

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