Home Secretary Charles Clarke has met with his Opposition counterparts the Conservative David Davis and Liberal Democrat Mark Oaten.
They seem to have "agreed in principle" to bring forward slightly the "Counter Terrorism Bill" in October, to be law by December.
There are, of course, lots of questions to be asked about such legislation, most of which, according to the media, seems to cover things which are already illegal under existing laws. e.g.
"Incitement to violence is already a crime, as is "weapons training" as is possessing "any item" which might be used for "terrorist purposes", as is "financing" or "directing" a terrorist organisation, as is even the "collecting of information" which might be useful to a terrorist"
"There is talk of it being an offence to "visit" a so called "terrorist website" for "bomb making" or other instructions.
Will the Government be publishing a list of evil terrorist websites, and continuously updating it, in real time ? They cannot even seem to keep their list of proscribed terrorist organisations up to date.
Will any website which mentions words like "bomb" or "Al Quaeda" etc be classed as a "terrorist website" e.g. the BBC or any major online newspaper, or any of the major web search engines ?"
"Will the new legislation further seek to lower the burden of proof for any of these offences from the criminal standard of "beyond reasonable doubt" to the civil standard of "on the balance of probabilities" or even lower ?"
The politicians seem to have agreed to treat the planned review and possible renewal (the "sunset clause") of the controversial Control Orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 so as not to delay this further legislation.
David Davis seems to have failed to persuade Charles Clarke to review his previous decisions not to consider Electronic Intercept Evidence
Is this proposed new legislation really needed, and will it be enforceable if it is passed ?
Are the politicians, of all the major parties, simply going through the motions, so as to be "seen to be doing something" ?