I am deeply concerned about the current generation of politicans. Leaving aside jokes about expense statements and avoiding traffic offences, I am fundamentally dissatisfied with their susceptibility to outside influence other than the electorate. The absence of any public interest party politicial philosophy in preference to a self serving money and ego making machine heightens my concern.
National security is a favourite friendly mantra of the Right and a symbol of Fascist state to the Left. Im in the middle, but not out of ambivalence. The Justice and Security Green paper (available on official-documents.gov.uk website cm8194) is an example of what worries me. The security services say they need more powers and the politicians offer up a 70+page consultation document heaviliy weighted in favour of the services. Simple and clear?
Fighting back from the middle ground is the Joint (meaning "all party") Parliamentary Committee on Human rights who have in the words of Joshua Rozenberg in the Guardian this week dissected this attempt to hijack justice. The Green Paper proposals put the security services in a position to decide what evidence the defendant will get to hear about and even the "gist" of the evidence can be muted. The security services via the government will decide who defends the defendant, wish to exclude press and obervers from the trial (ie keep it secret) and what little oversight will be in the hands of a political lackey.
There is already a large number of measures designed to determine what evidence can be presented in court and how. The reason for this attack on civil liberties comes from the USA who have scant regard for the rights of any non USA citizen and care little for kidnapping them and taking them to their recreational resort on Guantanamo denying them access to justice as normally understood.
Terrorists are evil nasty people more so when their actions can harm me, my firiends and fellow citizens, but unless there is evidence to convict, then they are presumed innocent. It is wrong to deny justice, based on hearsay and so called evidence that the defendant cannot question.