Brits drafting tough anti-terror measure

first_img“We are considering a range of measures for the bill, and `stop and question’ is one of them,” a Home Office spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy. The move coincides with an attack by Prime Minister Tony Blair on critics of the government’s approach to tackling terrorism. In an editorial in The Sunday Times, Blair accuses activists, opposition lawmakers and judges of putting civil liberties ahead of Britain’s security. “I believe this is a dangerous misjudgment,” he writes, about a month before he is scheduled to leave office on June27. On Thursday, Blair revived a plan for jailing terror suspects without trial after three men suspected of planning to launch terror attacks overseas eluded police monitoring and disappeared. LONDON – The British government is drafting new anti-terrorism legislation that would allow police to stop and question individuals without suspecting a crime has taken place, the Home Office said Saturday. Under the legislation, officers could stop and interrogate people on their identities and where they had been or were planning to go – powers they already have in Northern Ireland. Under current British law, police have the right to stop and search individuals on “reasonable grounds for suspicion” they have committed an offense, but officers have no rights to ask for their identity and recent movements. The proposal would be part of an anti-terrorism bill that outgoing Home Secretary John Reid is preparing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img