Well, no, not really, despite the Telegraph leader telling us so.
The law protects those we accuse but cannot prove of seeking to do us harm.
If we can prove it then we can bang them up: there\’s no problem with jailing someone convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorist offences. Either in law or morality.
The law does though, rightly, protect those we think are dodgy, bad \’uns, but who haven\’t actually done anything to break any of the myriad laws we have determining what actions we may or may not take.
And this rightly is because we\’re all guilty, in the eyes of one or other of our fellow countrymen, dodgy bad \’uns who deserve to be dealt with. I can think of one retired accountant who regularly accuses me of all sorts of horrors for my support of personal and economic freedom for example.
Sure, there\’re many scumbags out there who arguably shouldn\’t be wandering the streets unfettered. But unless we can prove that they\’re to be left at liberty to do so: for in the words of the Great Larry Flynt, if the law will protect a scumbag like me you can be sure it will protect you.