Police stop and search powers under UK terrorism laws have been declared illegal by human rights judges after two Londoners questioned their legality. The right to question people without grounds for suspicion – granted by the Terrorism Act of 2000 – violates the Human Rights Convention, said the European Court of Human Rights.The threat of terrorism is the British government's excuse for draconian search and siezure laws, yet London is far from being the only city in the EU that has been targeted by terrorists.
It's a sad development when you consider the long history of civil liberties on the island relative to the continent. There ought to be something deeply humiliating for the British about this decision; the fact that they have been "given back" their freedoms by a European court.
But that's what things have come to.