Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lord Stirling on habeas corpus

Harold Burbank forwards this:
Where are the David Davis's in the US Congress?
by Lord Stirling from www.opednews
A senior opposition Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, David Davis,
the Tory Shadow Home Secretary has resigned as Shadow Home Secretary and as
a MP in protest at the passage of a Bill to allow pre-charge detention up to
42 days of suspected "terrorists". The Bill, a major political initiative of
neocon Prime Minister Gordon Brown, only passed when the Government made
massive undisclosed promises to nine Northern Irish Members of Parliament.
Many Labour Members of Parliament and almost all opposition MPs voted
against the Bill as they felt that imprisoning people without charges, or a
trial or conviction, for up to six weeks is not something that a free
society does.

David Davis has resigned and will run for re-election in his district both
as a protest over the Government's Bill and to allow his constituents (and
the British people at large) to debate the Government's "erosion of

The United Kingdom, under neocon Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon
Brown, has led the way to jack boot police state laws ~ all of which are
claimed "necessary to fight terrorism". The UK has one CCTV camera for every
14 citizens. It is not possible to travel down any major roadway in the UK,
for hardly any distance at all without being under police CCTV surveillance.
English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish cities and towns are covered
with CCTV police cameras. Some even have speakers so that the police can
talk to you if they don't like whatever it is you are doing or not doing or

The United Kingdom has a DNA database larger than any dictatorship in
history with a million innocent citizens in the ever growing database. The
Brits have one of the most intrusive ID card systems in the world.
Increasingly, the right to trial by jury is being restricted by the

Mr. Davis, in his resignation statement has said, "This Sunday is the
anniversary of Magna Carta, a document that guarantees that most fundamental
of British freedoms, habeas corpus, the right not to be imprisoned by the
state without charge or reason. Yesterday, this House decided to lock up
potentially innocent citizens for up to six weeks without charge." He went
on to say, "The state has security powers to clampdown on peaceful protest
and so-called hate laws to stifle legitimate debate whilst those who incite
violence get off scot free. This cannot go on. This must be stopped and for
that reason, I feel it is incumbent on me to take a stand. I will be
resigning my membership of this House and I intend to force a by-election in
Haltemprice and Howden."

"I'm not fighting on the government's general record, there is no point in
repeating Crewe and Nantwich, I won't fight it on my personal record ~ I am
just a piece in this great chess game. I will fight it, I will argue in this
by-election against the slow strangulation of fundamental British freedoms
by this Government. Now that may mean I have made my last speech to the
House and of course, that would be a cause of deep regret to me but at least
my electorate and the nation as a whole would have the opportunity to debate
and consider one of the most fundamental issues of our day ~ the ever
intrusive power of the state into our lives, the loss of privacy, the loss
of freedom and the steady attrition undermining the rule of law. If they do
send me back here it will be with a single message ~ that the monstrosity of
a law that we passed yesterday will not stand."

It is a real shame that here in America we lack such senior political
leaders as David Davis.

Sometimes a leader, if he or she is to be real, has to place the interests
of the nation before himself. Sadly, most politicians are so psychopathic
that they see themselves as more important than the Constitution and all 300
million Americans.

Maybe David Davis will start a new trend ~ standing up for something real
and important not just more self serving lying bullshit.