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Blair Defends Plan to Deport 20 Foreigners

by Mark5019 / November 22, 2005 12:40 PM PST

LONDON (AP) - Up to 20 foreigners were in custody in Britain awaiting deportation to countries that have a record of torturing or abusing detainees, the prime minister said Tuesday, but he defended his efforts to counter Islamic extremism.

Civil rights activists have condemned Tony Blair's efforts to deport people to several north African and Middle Eastern countries with questionable human rights records.

But Blair insisted his government had a duty to protect Britain's security, and needed new powers to counter the threat of international terrorism. On July 7, four suspected suicide bombers killed 52 people on London's transport system.

``We have got to be able to make sure we return people if they are a threat to the security of this country,'' Blair told a House of Commons committee.


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It's kind of hard to deport an Islamic militant to a country
by Ziks511 / November 22, 2005 5:14 PM PST

that doesn't have a record of torture, isn't it? Most of them originate from those countries.

The 20 are, as I understand it, mostly those who have been caught up in the sweeps for terrorists and their facilitators or those who preach terror.

Shouldn't there be some kind of document saying "I will not attempt to import my old country's troubles into the country which is giving me opportunity and refuge, nor will I attack the businesses, aircraft, embassies or other assets of my old country except through the use of the court system." The Air India bombing was for Canada what 9/11 was for the US. (It could have been worse, another Air India flight arrived early in Japan and the suitcase bomb went off when the plane was being unloaded, killing one baggage handler instead of another 300+ victims). Nearly 400 people were killed by Sikh extremists who then murdered and intimidated witnesses in an incredibly drawn out trial resulting in an acquittal in the court system here. It was a grave injustice, but there has been little or no backlash against Sikhs generally (perhaps because their goals are local in northern India and Pakistan rather than global in the case of Al Qaeda), though their politics continue to have elements of the radical.


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(NT) (NT) send them to germany, france, russia
by Mark5019 / November 22, 2005 11:49 PM PST
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After reading this line I was waiting for someone to ask
by Steven Haninger / November 22, 2005 11:53 PM PST
''Up to 20 foreigners were in custody in Britain awaiting deportation to countries that have a record of torturing or abusing detainees''

if that means some might be coming to the US.]:)
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The British were
by JP Bill / November 23, 2005 2:56 AM PST

asking recipient countries to guarantee they would not torture and the US couldn't/wouldn't/shouldn't sign that agreement (according to Cheney)

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