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Going to extremes in fight against terror


Law Society Gazette, 01/04/2019

'Just because extremism is a word, that does not mean that it is a useful legal concept,' Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC said just three days after the shootings. The former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, still better known as David Anderson, has long been critical of government attempts to criminalise extremist activity. He told me in November 2016 that – of all the secret papers he had seen in his six years as terrorism reviewer – an early draft of the counter-extremism bill announced in the Queen's speech in 2016 (and previously in 2015) was the one that had alarmed him the most.