Lord Carlile: “paramount need for continuous vigilance in Northern Ireland”

As the BBC notes, the independent reviewer of government anti-terrorist legislation, Lord Carlile, has published his latest report [pdf file].  From the BBC report

The relevant [Northern Ireland] section states: “2009 and early 2010 have demonstrated that there is a paramount need for continuous vigilance in Northern Ireland, despite the progress of recent years.

“The number of terrorism incidents in Northern Ireland has increased, as has the evidence of the existence of determined and dangerous groups of dissident republicans with the ability to manufacture and deploy lethal explosive devices.

“Their main targets to date appear to be the police and armed services. Unfortunately, one cannot possibly exclude the possibility of dissident paramilitaries mounting terrorist attacks in Great Britain.”

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  • fitzjameshorse1745

    I would have reached the same conclusion and I am not even “The Independent Reviewer of Govt anti-terrorist legislation”.
    To be fair most people would have reached exactly the same conclusion……more cheaply.

  • Pete Baker

    To be fair to Lord Carlile, it’s worth pointing out that a lot of his comments relate to the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 section 44.

    But as he says himself in the introduction

    During 2008 there was significant progress in re-examining the use of the section 44 powers. During 2009 this process continued, with the intention of improving and refining the use of the section. It is still deployed far too much in England and Wales (all comments below about section 44 relate to Great Britain, not to Northern Ireland). It should not be applied where there is an acceptable alternative under other powers.

  • old school

    Really Fitz?? I thought you regularly dismissed “dissidents” as Dads Army types and country bumpkins in previous posts.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Well you thought wrong.
    I dismiss them as scum…..but dangerous scum.