War on Terror

U.S. Likely At Root of Secret U.K. Courts

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The US government and its intelligence agencies were influential in the UK government decision to introduce a highly controversial new generation of secret courts, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has told MPs and peers.

David Anderson QC told parliament's joint human rights committee on Tuesday that he could not know whether the US was the driving force behind the justice and security bill but, after a series of conversations during a visit to America, he concluded: "I am quite sure they had something to do with it."