POST DEBATE: Free to Be Terrorised: Free to Be Terrorised Intelligence Is the Key to Beating Them; Dr Sean McGough, an Anti-Terrorism Expert from Birmingham University's Social Sciences Department, Argues in Favour of Control Orders
Byline: Dr Sean McGough
A new form of global terrorism presents us with cataclysmic nightmares, made only too real by the possibility of trained terrorists using an international network of intelligence, an almost inexhaustible supply of money and a consuming hatred of the West, to help enact incredible acts of suffering.
The key to defeating them is intelligence generated from sources embedded in the organisations or from the communities they attempt to hide within. The increasing recruitment into the security services of operatives from minority groups, aligned with sophisticated and immensely secret forms of technology used to monitor all types and levels of communications, provides evidence that certain individuals are terrorists and direct threats to national security.
However, for a variety of reasons, ranging from the protection of the identity of agents to the need to safeguard the technologies involved in gathering intelligence, the traditional methods of detaining and convicting these terrorists are deemed to be inefficient or inappropriate.
Instead, an alternative safeguard isrequired. Detention without recourse to due process is legally deemed inexcusable and yet, detainees considered threats to national security are required to be released or detained somewhere other than in prison. …