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Next step in the police state Aug. 12th, 2004 03:29 pm
Every offence will be an arrestable offence, says government

Since (as is often noticed) it's almost impossible to walk down the street without comitting at least one offence, this pretty much amounts to a universal power of arbitrary arrest (to go with the matching powers of arbitrary detainment).

I believe that's pretty much the definition of a police state?

There is, however, a consultation process in place, so take a look. And consider joining Liberty.

Note also the classic red flag: the promise that, while a law is being made grossly over-powerful, "we won't use those powers". All laws about which that promise have been made have been so abused.

From: fellcat
Date: August 12th, 2004 - 06:46 pm (Link)
I thought I was scared before. I'm now really scared.

So let me get this straight. If this goes through, they could potentially arrest you for anything, and then send you abroad to be raped/beaten/starved/&c until you confess to whatever they want you to confess to?

If this does go through, I'm emigrating.

Next election, we have to vote the bastards out.
From: wechsler
Date: August 12th, 2004 - 08:12 pm (Link)
You would appear to have it in a nutshell.

Go UK!

From: mrz80
Date: August 12th, 2004 - 08:29 pm (Link)
It's so nice to see the other civilised (note Anglophile spelling designed to appease any Tory MPs reading this treatise) nations following The United States' lead down the primrose path to the blessings of totalitarianism. It warms the cockles of my heart and blocks the deuodenum of my soul. Or something like that.

Any chance of luring The Iron Lady out of retirement just long enough to kick a** and take names? It'd be quite a romp I'm sure.