Mr Wilson said any shorter period of detention would limit the ability of the police to investigate terrorism. This is not an adequate explanation. "The public overwhelmingly want this thing because they understand far better than some of my colleagues in parliament the threat that we face." If this is true, it would indicate the MPs are more aware of what's going on, behind the propaganda, than most people are. As they should be; that's their job. rkm -------------------------------------------------------- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4412158.stm Police chief defends terror plan This is about international criminal investigation in a new world where terrorism shows that people are prepared to be suicide bombers and kill many people - Peter Wilson, Acpos president Scotland's most senior police officer has defended the UK Government's plan to allow terror suspects to be held for up to 90 days without trial. Peter Wilson, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos), said the step was vital to countering terrorism. His call came after a disclosure that the plans could be watered down. The matter has been reserved to Westminster, but independent MSP Margo MacDonald said Holyrood must debate it. Prime Minister Tony Blair has been facing stiff opposition on the proposal in the Terrorism Bill, drawn up in response to the suicide bomb attacks in London in July and the continuing threat of further acts. A Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed to the BBC News website that he was considering compromise. However, Fife Chief Constable Mr Wilson, who was in charge of the security operation for the G8 summit, said the proposal was based on the professional judgement and experience of the police. He told the BBC's Politics Show: "My appeal would be to recognise that this is a proposal coming forward supported by policing, experienced policing based on examples. "It's not about internment or anything of that sort that still lies in the mind. "This is about international criminal investigation in a new world where terrorism shows that people are prepared to be suicide bombers and kill many people. 'Different take' "We're likely to see it again. It's important that the powers are put in place when they can be and that's within the current bill." Mr Wilson said any shorter period of detention would limit the ability of the police to investigate terrorism. Ms MacDonald said the ministers in London had failed to take account of the views in Scotland. She said: "We all have a different take on these things in Scotland and absolutely certainly it should be debated in the Scottish Parliament where we are responsible for the sharp end of policing. "We have got to carry out the policy so it seems absolutely crazy that there shouldn't have been a discussion and a debate here in Scotland that would feed into the British debate." Glasgow South Labour MP Tom Harris said there should be no compromise on the issue. He said: "I think we should be putting this challenge to MPs on all sides of the house and we should be reminding them that the public are watching. "The public overwhelmingly want this thing because they understand far better than some of my colleagues in parliament the threat that we face." Scottish National Party MP Stewart Hosie said he was due to meet Home Office ministers on Monday to press home his party's opposition to the measure. He said: "We have already called for extra measures to be introduced to aid the fight against terrorism, but the SNP, along with a majority of MPs across all parties, do not agree with the specific measures contained in the Terrorism Bill. "I will also be demanding answers as to why the UK Government did not seek to even speak with the lord advocate about these far-reaching proposals, despite the fact that policing any new laws in this area would be a matter for Holyrood ministers." Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/scotland/4412158.stm Published: 2005/11/06 14:59:22 GMT © BBC MMV -- -------------------------------------------------------- http://cyberjournal.org "Apocalypse Now and the Brave New World" http://www.cyberjournal.org/cj/rkm/Apocalypse_and_NWO.html Posting archives: http://cyberjournal.org/cj/show_archives/?date=01Jan2006&batch=25&lists=newslog Subscribe to low-traffic list: •••@••.••• ___________________________________________ In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.