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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Listening on the telephone

Interesting piece in The Times today regarding proposals to allow material gained from phone taps to be used as evidence in the courts. They tell us that in his annual report, Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, highlights how the fight against terrorism has been aided by the interception of communications:

But he said he believed that any change in the law allowing evidence from phone taps to be produced in court would be “heavily outweighed” by the disadvantages.

“I have been impressed during my first nine months in office by how interception has contributed to a number of striking successes,” he said, but added: “At present, I am firmly of the opinion that the benefits of any change in the law are heavily outweighed by the disadvantages and with one exception, everyone to whom I have spoken seems to be of the same opinion.”

It will be interesting to see what impact this judgement has on consideration of the Counter Terrorism Bill and proposals to extend detention without charge to 42 days.
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