Changes in Global Counter-Terrorism Laws

Last week Human Rights Watch released a major report into changes in global counter-terrorism laws since 9/11. Asked by Voice of America to comment on the reports’ findings that the last decade has seen an expansion of draconian counter-terrorism legislation worldwide, School lecturer Dr Andrew Mumford agreed that the post-9/11 security environment had neglected human rights.

Based on his research into the British approach to such threats, as chronicled in his book The Counter-Insurgency Myth: The British Experience of Irregular Warfare, Mumford argued that often a failure to adhere to human rights in the construction of counter-terrorism policy can actually be lead to further problems.

One Response to “Changes in Global Counter-Terrorism Laws”

  1. Mike Killingworth
    July 7, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Present practice is probably a by-product of representative democracy. It reduces the chance of a terrorist act in the immediate future whilst increasing the likelihood of one – quite likely a bigger one – in the future. Consider the relationship between terrorism, counter-terrorism and the World Trade Centre itself.

    This is because politicians will always look toward the date of the next election and heavily discount anything that may or may not happen after that.

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