Tory Home secretary Theresa May launched another clampdown on civil liberties this week.
May said, “The threat we face right now is perhaps greater than it ever has been. We must have the powers we need to defend ourselves.”
May is raising her profile as part of a Tory party leadership bid.
She announced that apparently British security services have foiled 40 terror plots since the 7/7 attacks in 2005.
The new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill includes a plan to force schools, colleges and prisons to “prevent individuals being drawn into terrorism”. This puts the current attacks on schools (see page 6) on a statutory level.
The Bill would hand tough new powers to May. Measures will be strengthened to relocate terror suspects around Britain.
Police will be able to force internet firms to hand over details. Border staff will be given the power to seize passports.
The bill is supported by Labour and the Lib Dems.