Sunday, January 30, 2011

Britain Rolls Back Some Unpopular Post-9/11 Security Restrictions

Britain's government announced Wednesday that it was overturning some of their unpopular anti-terrorism laws. The measures, put in place after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were widely thought to be some of the toughest in the West.

A review published by British Home Secretary Theresa May acknowledged that the laws had been "out of step with other Western democracies."

As a part of the changes, the amount of time a suspect can be detained without being charged was reduced from 28 days to 14 days. In comparison, suspects in the US can only be held for seven days.'


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