Liberty responds to Prime Minister's counter-terror proposals

14 November 2014

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech announcing new powers to cancel the passports of UK nationals who travel abroad to fight for the Islamic State (IS), Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

"Dumping suspect citizens like toxic waste, abdicating your responsibilities to the international community, is a very strange way of promoting the Rule of Law. Summary powers to "stop and seize" passports at airports will prove just as divisive and counterproductive as the infamous stop and search powers that preceded them.

"When will our Governments learn that there are no short cuts to our security? It needs to be built on intelligence, evidence and justice not speeches, soundbites and ever-more new laws."