John Reid, the home secretary, is heading for a showdown with the judiciary over plans to strip some terror suspects of the automatic right to be protected from torture. Reid is preparing a new anti-terror law that would sideline human rights legislation protecting suspects from torture if ministers ruled there were âoverriding considerations of national securityâ. Full article here: The Times: New Laws Whilst I sympathise with the frustration over bringing these scum to justice, I am concerned as to the likely abuses these proposed powers would bring. I am not a bleeding left liberalist, but what happened to the innocent "until proven guilty" basis of law? If these suspects are a threat to national security they should be placed on remand. Silence, in itself, is not a defense in a court of law, but it is an individuals right, and if a jury of thier peers deduce that this silence is a tacit admission of guilt, then so be it. To torture confessions out of individuals is IMHO going too far. Shall the Government hold immediate family members ransom, pending "persuasive interview techniques" unless an individual agrees to his "assumed guilt". I agree that the criminal justice system requires some serious rebalancing, however, to propose this is lunacy. Maybe we are all to willing to embrace China`s doctrine on criminal justice issues. Democracy is again being eroded due to a minority and the Great British Public will nod acquiescence to this erosion in the false illusion it will create greater security.