MI5 on recruitment drive to cope with new control orders

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MI5 needs to recruit and train more surveillance officers before the control order regime for terrorism suspects can be relaxed, the Government has said.
6:31PM GMT 09 Mar 2011

 

Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, the security minister, said sufficient surveillance needed to be in place “to give the necessary security to the public” before the system could be replaced at the beginning of next year. Continue reading

New terror suspect rules are ‘control orders lite’

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New terror suspect rules are ‘control orders lite’

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

 

 

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Plans to relax restrictions imposed on suspected terrorists and rebrand controversial powers used to keep tabs on them are little more than “control orders lite”, critics said today.

Liberty, the civil liberties campaign group, accused the Government of bottling the decision on the future of counter-terrorism powers, saying that, “spin and semantics aside, control orders are retained and rebranded, if in a slightly lower-fat form”.

 

The new powers announced by Home Secretary Theresa May will no longer need to be reviewed every year, a clear signal that the restrictions against suspected terrorists against whom prosecutions cannot be brought are here to stay.

 

The term “control order” has been scrapped and will be replaced with “Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures”, or Tpims, Mrs May said. Continue reading