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(From Western Daily Press)
Looking back on 2005, it appears to have been a bad year for freedom in general and Liberalism in particular.
The police now have powers to hold suspects without charge in "terrorist" cases for up to 28 days. The action of the Commons in reducing the period from the 90 days sought by the police was heralded as a victory for civil liberties, but while 90 days was far too long we seem to have lost sight of the fact that 28 days is still the equivalent of a two-month sentence for a convicted criminal.
These powers are necessary for our protection, the Government and police tell us - yet we our not told how many "suspects" have …