Reactions, opinions and developments

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Robert Fisk – Blair’s Alliance With Bush Bombed: If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq what makes us believe insurgency won’t come to us? One thing is certain: If Blair really believes that by “fighting terrorism” in Iraq we could more efficiently protect Britain, this argument is no longer valid.

Gary Younge – Blair’s Blowback: Of course those who backed the Iraq war refute any link with the London bombs – they are in the deepest denial.

Boris Johnson – Comment on the recent tragedy in London: In the coming days and weeks the public will urged to accept such restrictions on their liberty as ID cards as a price we must all pay for liberty itself. We believe that argument to be absurd and fallacious, and hope that defenders of liberty will recognise that it is exactly this kind of panic-stricken measure that will most gratify the killers.

Guardian – Clarke wants to track email and phone messages: The home secretary, Charles Clarke, will make a fresh push to compel internet and phone companies to retain their records of traffic on millions of private emails, text messages and mobile phone calls for up to three years at an emergency meeting of European security ministers on Wednesday. The plan emerged as Mr Clarke made it clear yesterday that he was resisting calls to rush through other new counter-terrorism legislation, such as the creation of a special UK border force. The government plans to introduce new legislation this autumn, including the creation of a conspiracy offence of “acts preparatory to terrorism”.

See also: – London terror attacks – a round-up of reaction

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