Independent Online Edition > UK Politics
By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent
Published: 14 August 2006
John Reid has provoked anger by signalling he is likely to make a for terrorist suspects in the wake of the alleged transatlantic bomb plot.
The Home Secretary was warned last night that any new attempt would also be doomed because of
The measure was championed by Tony Blair and senior ministers after they were lobbied by police chiefs who said the complexity of international terrorism meant they needed more time to prepare cases.
Mr Reid told BBC1 yesterday he was concentrating entirely on the anti-terror operation and said: "In the heat of something like this, it's not always a good idea ... to start talking about introducing measures."
But he made clear the Government was preparing to return to the issue, which suggests it could be included in new anti-terror powers in the Queen's Speech in the autumn.
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He said: "When we come back to that, I hope we all remember that the police and security services say they need up to 90 days."
David Winnick, the Labour MP who came up with the 28-day formula, said
David Davis, the shadow Home Secretary, said: "The argument hasn't changed. We are not aware of suspects being held more than 14 days, let alone the full 28."
Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, said the measure was equivalent to internment and would be as counterproductive as it was when first rejected.