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Restoring civil liberties

Comment 2nd July 2010

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Over the years the government has been expanding at a fast rate and at the same time eroding the principles of freedom that people take for granted. Unfortunately it has been done gradually and stealthily without provoking a clear and angry response from the people.

Abolishing ID cards was an excellent idea in my opinion. They wouldn't have affected criminals just the ordinary public. Plus we would have had to gradually pay for the cards each year plus provide more information each time.

Get rid of the terrorist legislation which allows councils to spy on people.

Innocent people should not have their DNA samples kept. I've never had any involvement with the police but feel it is important to protect innocent people's rights. Stop plans for the DNA database.

Remove the 42 day detention limit – People are right to be concerned about terrorism but 42 days without a charge or trial should not be allowed in a free country. 28 days is a more suitable alternative.

How many more CCTV cameras do we have in this country? Does it prevent crime? If it does then why don't other countries have more of them? It's time to put a stop to them and reduce their number.

I'm sure there are many many more infringements of civil liberties that need to be scrutinzed. The problem is that we don't know the full extent of them.

Why does this matter?

Countries don't become dictatorships overnight. It's a slow gradual infringement of civil liberties which occurs inexorably until the people have no more rights. Its happened time and time again throughout history.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."  Benjamin Franklin

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