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Terrorists want to erode our freedom—we shouldn’t do the job for them

A government clampdown which disregards human rights, and human decency, plays into the hands of extremists

By Martha Spurrier  

Theresa May's comments following the London attack seemed to herald a new crackdown. Photo: PA

There’s a refrain Liberty has had to repeat too many times over the last decade or so. But it bears repeating: you don’t beat terrorism by voluntarily abandoning the very values and freedoms terrorists seek to attack.

You don’t respond to mindless violence and hatred by hurtling into a race to the bottom—flouting the rule of law, disregarding human rights, writing decency and fairness out of politics and making laws that discriminate and divide.

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