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Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State$
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Jessie Blackbourn, Fiona de Londras, and Lydia Morgan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529206234

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529206234.001.0001

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The Practice and Potential of Counter-Terrorism Review

The Practice and Potential of Counter-Terrorism Review

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Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State

Jessie Blackbourn

Fiona de Londras

Lydia Morgan

Policy Press

This chapter presents an in-depth analysis of the (statutory and non-statutory) reviews that are possible in respect of two key parts of counter-terrorism: Prevent, and Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs). In addition to describing the counter-terrorism review assemblage that attaches to Prevent and TPIMs, the chapter also identifies the reviews that have been undertaken over the five-year period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2018. For each of these, it includes a consideration of the standards against which these reviews evaluated the law or programme, identified by close textual analysis of the reviews themselves. This analysis shows that, in spite of the persistent reliance on review as a safeguard in counter-terrorism legislation, Parliament’s historical tendency not robustly to challenge security narratives from Government is remarkably resilient. While these mandated reviews do take place (and non-mandated or discretionary reviews seem to be less frequent), their success in evaluating the measures, engaging in reality, and showing capacity for action is questionable.

Keywords:   Counter terrorism review, Prevent, Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, Parliament, Accountability, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

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