As reluctant as I am to link to this particular news portal, Daily Mail:
The Government has established a shadowy new national anti-terrorist unit to protect VIPs, with the power to detain suspects indefinitely using mental health laws.
The revelation is set to reignite the row over the Government’s use of draconian measures to deal with terror suspects amid accusations they are abusing human rights.
The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) was quietly set up last year to identify individuals who pose a direct threat to VIPs including the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Royal Family.
It was given sweeping powers to check more than 10,000 suspects’ files to identify mentally unstable potential killers and stalkers with a fixation against public figures.
The team’s psychiatrists and psychologists then have the power to order treatment – including forcibly detaining suspects in secure psychiatric units.
In conjunction with the ‘more powers for police’ story, the idea that doctors can be used to detain people (the story goes on to suggest they already have been used to detain terror suspects) certainly sets alarm bells ringing. The police already have powers to do pretty much anything they want, I can’t see what the clamouring for new powers does, except reinforce their ability to use the ones they already have.
Thanks to John for the link.