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Prosecuting Suspected Terrorists: Precursor Crimes, Intercept Evidence and the Priority of Security / Stuart Macdonald

Critical Perspectives on Counter-terrorism

Swansea University Author: Macdonald, Stuart

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The objective of the pursue strand of the UK’s CONTEST strategy is to reduce the terrorist threat to this country by disrupting terrorists and their operations. A number of methods of disruption are available, including: prosecution; deportation; proscription; seizing and freezing assets; and, Terro...

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Published in: Critical Perspectives on Counter-terrorism
Published: Abingdon Routledge 2014
Online Access: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415855471/
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa16646
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Abstract: The objective of the pursue strand of the UK’s CONTEST strategy is to reduce the terrorist threat to this country by disrupting terrorists and their operations. A number of methods of disruption are available, including: prosecution; deportation; proscription; seizing and freezing assets; and, Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures. Of these, the CONTEST strategy states that the preferred method is prosecution. This chapter examines this so-called ‘priority of prosecution’. Examining the UK's raft of terrorism precursor offences and its self-imposed ban on the use of intercept as evidence, the chapter argues that in fact the emphasis placed on prosecution is equivocal and better understood as a manifestation of the priority that contemporary counterterrorism policies attach to national security.
Keywords: Counterterrorism, terrorism offences, pre-inchoate liability, intercept evidence, security
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law