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UK outlines tough anti-terror measures

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The British government is considering reviewing its human rights legislation to fight terrorism. Prime Minister Tony Blair announced measures at a press conference the day after al-Qaeda’s second-in-command threatened Britain with more attacks in a videotape. “The Home Secretary today publishes new grounds for deportation and exclusion,” Blair said. “Deportation is a decision taken by the Home Secretary under statute. The new grounds will include fostering hatred, advocating violence to further a person’s beliefs or justifying or validating such violence.”

“Should legal obstacles arise, we will legislate further including, if necessary, amending the Human Rights Act, in respect of the interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights,” he continued. A list of extremist organisations, websites, bookshops and centres is to be drawn up with a view to expelling those involved.