[The judges] continued: “The fact that [Abu Qatada] is considered to be dangerous is not relevant to the application of [human rights] principles”.
I agree. No question, the man is a dangerous bigot. But if he had been a (white) Briton held in Somalia or Jordan or Iran and tried there with confessions obtained under torture, Britain would be the first to howl about human rights laws at the Security Council. We can’t sign up to Principles and then choose when to apply them (when it suits us) and when to ignore them (when it suits us). That’s called hypocrisy and begets no respect. Maybe we could before WWII but times have changed. The Home Secretary should try some other means instead of continuing to waste taxpayer money.