Friday, August 12, 2005

Second Battle Of Britain

The Brit government has begun its offensive against Islamofascists, so causing their defenders to expose their positions . It's going to be an interesting fight, which I expect the government to win. (My sequencing and ellipsis).

Teams of immigration officers supported by 230 police picked up nine Algerians and the Jordanian cleric (Abu Qatada) yesterday.

The Home Secretary signed the orders for the arrests while on holiday in the US. He said: "The circumstances of our national security have changed. It is vital that we act against those who threaten it."

Ministers are determined to get rid of militants who allegedly stir up hatred, and they have warned the courts not to block plans to expel foreign undesirables. The deportations are regarded as the first test of judges’ willingness to accept Tony Blair’s assertion that "the rules of the game have changed".

Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, said that the new law would oblige judges to give equal weight to national security as to the rights of the individual when considering deportation cases.

"All law operates on the basis that if the facts change then the law changes, and the law is going to change," he said. "We have got to get the right balance and ultimately where the balance lies is a matter for Parliament."

The defenders of the deportees argue that deporting them to their home states will expose them to torture, which is prohibited under the European Convention on Human Rights, and that risk of torture trumps the risk that they will incite murder.

(A) warning that it could take up to three years before the detainees were flown out was made by a senior human rights lawyer, who predicted a legal battle ending with a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg. He said: "The key issue is that the agreements with states are not binding, and torture and inhumane treatment are routinely carried out by rogue agents and overzealous security agents. How can we be sure these agreements will be met?"

On past performance, the Brit judiciary will try to prevent deportations - like SCOTUS, they are control-freaks who are appointed for life & live in security bubbles - so terrorist attacks don't worry them. But elected pols represent an angry and vulnerable people who will not stomach any more carnage. I'm betting the pols will win this one.