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Law Society slams plans for UK 'FBI' agency
The Law Society has criticised
government proposals to introduce an "FBI-style" agency to fight
The society says increased police powers, coupled with the Serious Organised Crime Agency both announced in the Queens Speech this morning (23 November) will compromise the liberty of the individual.
Among potential developments which concern the Law Society are the possibility of police having the power to arrest people for all offences, and compulsory DNA testing or finger printing for those suspected of an offence.
Janet Paraskeva, the societys chief executive, said that the government is in "serious danger of overstating" threats to national security and public order, and warned against taking steps in the direction of a police state.
The Queen also said that a draft bill to introduce the offence of corporate manslaughter will be published. Last year the government was criticised for not including such a proposal in the 2003 Queens Speech.