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This e-book examines counter-terrorism, immigration, citizenship, human rights, "equalities" and the transferring discourses of "shared values" and human rights in modern Britain.

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Pre-Emptive Securities 23 This is our home. It’s our country. We have a right to say that if people are abusing the right to and seek to abuse rights of asylum in order to plan or promote terrorism we must take steps to do something. (Blunkett, in Tsoukala 2008: 67) It is in this context, according to Fekete, that the EU Common Positions on combating terrorism instructs all member states to vet all asylum seekers to determine whether they have any connection to terrorism ‘including that notorious catch all “passive” support for it’ (2009: 49).

Furthermore, the identity card scheme was to be introduced in the context of the development of a National Identity Register. The National Identity Register was to have two specific purposes: to create the means for people to establish their identity and to allow a means for that identity to be checked when necessary ‘in the public interest’ (Crossman 2007: 53). What constitutes ‘in the public interest’ (like ‘causing the UK harm’) is rather broad. Crossman lists the following as being in the public interest (from the government’s perspective): national security, prevention or detection of crime, immigration, employment prohibition and provisions of public services (2007: 54).

The tension between ‘intelligence gathering’, ‘Prevention’ and ‘engagement’ is most apparent when Smith talks about finding new ‘ways of directly supporting vulnerable people – by intervening with individuals when families, communities and networks are concerned about their behaviour’ (Smith 2007: 12). com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-19 28 29 problem’, ‘we need to think about the most effective response – more about rehabilitation, where that will work, and less about the Criminal Justice System’ (Smith 2007: 13–14).

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