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14 January 2008
The British Government on January 9 2008 stressed that it is fully committed to introduce compulsory ID cards for foreign nationals as well as with a voluntary system for all British citizens, the Prime Minister has said.
16 May 2006
One of the two official reports on the 7 July bombings in London, made public on 11 May 2006, inquires into the causes of the attack. The report offers a portrait of the four men involved in the bombings. They are rendered as ‘largely unexceptional’ and their motivation is due to the ‘perceived injustices carried by the West against Muslims’ as well as a ‘desire for martyrdom’. The group appears to have been self-financed and to have carried the attacks with minimal financial means.
16 May 2006
The Government is grateful for the comprehensive and carefully researched report that the Intelligence and Security Committee has produced, which draws on the Committee’s access to a wide range of highly classified intelligence assessments. The report contains a number of conclusions and recommendations.
17 October 2005
The Draft Terrorism Bill 2005, made available by The Guardian, has spurred hot debates in the UK over the past month. The most controversial parts of the Bill concern the extension of detention without charge from 14 to 90 days and the creation of a new offence of encouragement and ‘glorification’ of terrorism. The offence of ‘glorification’ concerns any terrorist attack committed over the past 20 years. It is the Home Secretary who will decide upon the events that cannot be ‘glorified’ under the new Bill. Under criticism from civil rights organisations, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives, provisions in the Bill could be subject to modification.