Thursday, November 10, 2005

Feeling Ashamed and Appalled

Reading the views and comments made on the BBC website, and also those expressed in Newspapers, not just by politicians but also the general public, in response to the 90 day detention law being rejected yesterday, I have never felt so ashamed that the majority of the public feel it's ok to lose the freedoms and liberties that we were meant to protect in light of the terrorist attacks on July 7th.

I was on board the tube that exploded at Edgeware Road station, and even in light of that, I have never felt so strongly against a viewpoint for a very long time, in fact I was so incensed that I added my comment to the BBC website, something I've never done before, here's is the extended version of my comment, which has been cut to comply with their comment limits:

I'm appalled by the reaction of the majority of the newspapers and the public on this message board who feel that this is just based on Tony Blair’s popularity in the house. The law proposed of allowing suspects to be detained for 90 days without charge or information given as to their detention, based on suspicion of terrorist activities is abhorrent to our freedoms and ways of life.

As someone who was present on the Edgeware Road tube explosion on July 7th, and therefore a supposed victim of terrorism, I feel that there has been insufficient evidence presented by the police and security services over the need for a 90 day detention without charge. The police and in particular Ian Blair, need to understand that they are just the executors of the law, and not the law makers. That is passed to our elected MP's, who behaved in the right manner to protect our freedoms within this country.

I've never felt so ashamed of the reaction of the majority of the public in agreeing with the police and Tony Blair over allowing such a fundamental freedom of innocent until proven guilty to be eroded away, and to allow detention without explanation of the reasons for that.

The police already have sufficient laws to allow them to hold suspects to gather evidence for a charge, and should focus on gathering evidence more efficiently.

By rejecting this proposal the MP's have protected our freedoms and institutions, which the terrorists have tried and planned to remove. The public need to realise that the threat of our freedom in life no longer just comes from terrorists, but from those who are supposed to protect us.