London: Britain`s government has ordered an
urgent review of this country`s key counterterrorism powers,
including electronically tagging terror suspects and detaining
them for nearly a month without charge.
Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday the review will be
overseen by former prosecutions director Ken MacDonald.
She said it aims to correct mistakes made by the previous
Labour Party government by looking at what counterterrorism
measures could be rolled back or amended to restore civil
May said the review will look at some of the government`s
most controversial powers, including the detention of terror
suspects without charge for up to 28 days, and the use of
so-called "control orders." That house-arrest style program
tags terror suspects, denies them use of telephones and orders
them to keep curfew.
May will report back on the review in the fall.