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Passion Islam I July 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 11
Surveillance
protects civil
liberties, says Brown
these modern means to protect dubbed, helped ensure people’s right to
Prime Minister Gordon Brown last month people from new threats, we must live free from crime.
defended his government’s excessive use at the same time do more to guarantee “Facing these modern challenges, it is
of surveillance by arguing that CCTVs, the our liberties,” he said. our duty to write a new chapter in our
introduction of ID cards and the country’s A report last year by Liberty civil rights country’s story - one in which we both
huge DNA databank protect civil liberties. group found that Britain was the world protect and promote our security and our
In a speech defending the country’s leader in CCTV use with approximately liberty, two equally proud traditions,” he
excessive anti-terrorism laws, Brown 4.2 million cameras and in having the claimed.
insisted that Britain needed “21st century biggest national DNA database with 3.9 Brown also defended his government
methods to deal with 21st century m samples. for pressing ahead with 42-day detentions
challenges.” Personal communications surveillance without charge, by arguing that authorities
His argument was that people threatening was also shown to have reached could not afford a “head-in-the-sand”
security were ready to use the most up- unprecedented levels with nearly 440,000 approach to it.
to-date technology and that the challenge authorizations recorded between June During his speech, he announced that he
was to use technology to counter that. 2005 and March 2006. would ask the Information Commissioner
“New technology is giving us modern But in his speech to the Institute for Public to produce a report each year on
means by which we can discharge these Policy Research, the British premier said surveillance in the UK, which would then
duties, but just as we need to employ that the big brother society, as it has been be debated by MPs.
Muslim woman wins
business award
A Centre set up in Liverpool to promote a turn, Ilham joined English language classes
women’s enterprise and employment is and enrolled on a photography course – a
celebrating after its client won her category in move she says was “the best decision I ever
the 2008 Asian Business Federation’s Tiger made”.
Awards. Since then, she has launched her own
Train 2000 client Ilham Hamood won the business, held her own independent exhibition
Creative, Digital and New Media Award at the in both Liverpool and London, and is now
event in Bolton. seeking funding for an overseas project to
Ms Hamood, 33, from Aigburth, came to the highlight the children living on the streets. -
UK as a young house- wife. When her life took LDP
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