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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 May 2006, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
Thursday, 11 May, 2006
By Jasmin Buttar
Programme producer, BBC Newsnight

Armed police
How secure are we?
Presented by Gavin Esler

Protecting the public?

Two big stories today both develop around the same theme - how well are we protected from those who would seek to do us harm? How well are we protected from terrorists?

And how well are we protected from potentially tyrannical or illiberal governments by human rights laws?

This morning the new Home Secretary John Reid confirmed that the Government would seek to overturn what he described as an "inexplicable" ruling from the High Court allowing nine Afghan hijackers to remain in Britain.

Number Ten later said the government would first seek to test the case in the courts and if there was a need to review Human Rights legislation then that would be considered but there was no need "to jump to the end game yet."

It comes on the day that the two reports on the July 7 London bombings were finally published. The government released a detailed narrative of events that showed that three of the bombers, were known in some way to the security services.

Richard Watson examines the new evidence and asks what the implications are for security services and community relations.

Chad oil

And Tim Whewell tells the sorry tale of how a ground-breaking scheme funded by the World Bank to build an oil pipeline went sour.


We have the second in our shortlist of the most memorable newspaper front pages. Germaine Greer tells us why the The Sun's 'Gotcha!' headline is one she'll never forget. So get voting - thousands already have and there is a clear favourite.

Government appeal over hijackers
11 May 06 |  Politics

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