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Divided loyalties?

April 26, 2010

The inquests are due to be heard into the deaths of those people murdered by bombers in London on 7th July 2005.

Lawyers for the dead victims are claiming that the police and security services knew about the bombers before the attack and failed to act on this information.

They claim that these deaths could have been avoided if action had been taken and that the human rights of the victims have been breached

What action would that be then?

The suspects could have been arrested under legislation drafted to deal with potential terrorists. However, lawyers would have been rushing to beat down the custody block doors to point out that these suspects have human rights and that detention without trial is unlawful etc. etc. etc.

Funnily enough, none of the suicide bombers have any previous convictions for suicide bombing. It’s kind of a one-off event in a person’s life. Therefore the police and security services are working on theories, speculation and guesswork. We’re very good at that, but when it comes to putting it before a court, lawyers want fact, evidence and proof.

So on the one hand, we have a group of lawyers saying that the ‘authorities’ should have done more. On the other hand, if the ‘authorities’ HAD done more, then a group of lawyers would have been decrying them for breaching the rights of people who’s avowed intention was to kill and maim innocent people.

I have every sympathy with the victims and families of those killed and injured, but I cannot grasp how some highly qualified and intelligent professionals can jump so readily from one side of the fence to the other, without apparently worrying that they might catch themselves on something sharp as they go over the top!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. MTG permalink
    April 26, 2010 15:37

    Police picking their noses and doing nothing else to prevent the loss of life? My goodness, such thoughts are no longer permitted.

    Bring me the Big Book of Red Herrings or names from the Baby P and other recent scapegoat lists, who still await crucifixion – post haste.

  2. Hogday permalink
    April 27, 2010 16:57

    What if the next lot of victims are all defence lawyers and the bombers are disenchanted criminal barristers? Just a mental doodle.

  3. Bill permalink
    April 28, 2010 13:43

    more like catch themselves a big dollop of legal aid!!

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