Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-5-2010

Abstract

The terror organization Al-Qaeda executed an estimated fourteen terror attacks against countries around the world including Tunisia, Yemen, Kuwait, Indonesia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 1990’s and 2000’s. These attacks altered the political landscape of every country involved, often resulting in significant changes in legislation to facilitate the prevention of future attacks. For example, within the United States Congress passed the Authorization of the Use of Military Force granting the President war-time powers. President Bush opened Guantanamo Bay to imprison terror suspects and issued executive orders authorizing indefinite pre-charge detention. In contrast, while the United Kingdom Prime Minister proposed an extension of pre-charge detention to 45 days, the British Parliament refused to extend pretrial detention beyond 28 days. I will examine pre-charge detention after 9/11 in the U.S. and 7/7 in the U.K. to analyze the infringements on human rights. I conclude that the two countries reacted so differently due to differing governmental structures and experiences with terror.

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