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Counter Terrorism

Asked for information about the Government’s position on use of phone tap evidence, the PMOS said that there was a basic dilemma which was that in terms of trying to prosecute terrorists, as the Prime Minister had said many times, his personal preference would be to use intercept evidence in court. What the Prime Minister recognised, however, was that there were genuine concerns on behalf of the security services that to do so would mean revealing evidence in open court which would jeopardise intelligence sources. If people were faced with the choice between jeopardising intelligence sources which could produce ongoing information which helped in the fight against terrorism, there was a real difficulty. The PMOS added that simply because an issue was raised a lot in the past did not take way that dilemma, and that was one that no doubt would continue to be debated long and hard, but it was a real dilemma.

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