Denseman on the Rattis

Formerly known as the Widmann Blog


Anti-terrorism legislation and Northern Ireland

Union Jack
Originally uploaded by Gryts

There’s an interesting difference between the recent attack by the Real IRA and all the previous incidents in Northern Ireland: This one took place in a post-9/11 world.

The Westminster Parliament has enacted lots of anti-terrorism legislation, all with Islamist terrorism in mind.

I wonder whether these laws will now be used in Northern Ireland.

Will we see suspects detained for a month before they see a judge, for instance?

At least the US are now backing away from torture, or perhaps we would’ve seen members of the Real IRA sent to Morocco for torturing?

If the anti-terrorism legislation is not applied to Northern Ireland, I guess that could be seen as racism.

It will be interesting to see how this develops.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *