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Monday, April 14, 2008 

Britain monitoring many terrorist suspects, but beyond that, what'll they do?

The threat of terrorism in the UK gets worse, as this news tells, but it looks like practically the whole parliament is inept:
LONDON (Reuters) - British police and security agencies are currently monitoring 30 terrorism plots, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said in extracts of a newspaper interview released on Saturday.

“We now face a threat level that is severe. It’s not getting any less, it’s actually growing,” she said in an interview to be published in Sunday’s News of the World.

“We task the police and the security agencies with protecting us ... There are 22,000 individuals they are monitoring. There are 200 networks. There are 30 active plots,” she said.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour government is seeking to extend pre-charge detention of terrorism suspects to 42 days from the current 28-day limit.

But Smith faces a tough task steering the controversial provisions through parliament.

The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have both said they will vote against extended detention. Labour backbenchers are also threatening to rebel and vote down the clause in the Counter-Terrorism Bill.
Oh dear. If that is so, then the Tories might not succeed in being reelected next year. If anything, it's possible that there'll be a low voter turnout at the British ballots, as voters may be disillusioned by the lack of concern and responsibility by their elected officials.

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