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The government is trying to push a proposal through Parliament to increase the length of time a suspect can be detained without charge to 42 days. What argument does the government use as excuse for eliminating rights and liberties we have defended for hundreds of years? Not much. The authorities present the ‘war against terror’ as one that demands secrecy on their part. They hint darkly that lives are at risk if they tell us what they know, but that the situation is grim. Trust us!