Those Terror arrest figures just don’t add up

The Newspapers
and TV media have been full of comment about the figures released by the Home
Office on Monday with regard to arrests made under anti-terror laws between
9/11 and the end of 2006, and for the life of me I cannot make these figures
add up. 

This has been
bothering me now for a couple of days, so I went back to the original
BBC News website and printed off the article.


The BBC tell us, and I assume that they have
transposed figures obtained from the Home Office, that

A total of 1166
were detained. 

221 were charged,
but 186 of those faced non-terrorism charges.

That therefore
leaves 35 on terrorism charges. 

How then can that
lead to 40 convictions on terrorism charges ?? and 180 convictions under other
legislation, that adds up to 220.  Have
the Home Office lost one already

Looking through
the prece in this article I cannot make that add up either. 

98 who are on or
awaiting trial.

652 of those
arrested released without charge.

186 charged with
non terror related offences

74 handed over to

This equals 1010.  Which means they have now lost 156 people

Do the people at
the Home Office go to University to learn their maths, or does it come quite
naturally. If this is an example of how we calculate our prison figures, I
estimate we should have 20,000 spare prison places and therefore don’t need to
spend millions on building new ones.

Back to the Home
Office chaps, and can we please have the real figures.

Oh, and if they
feeling pleased with the results of all this expensive intelligence led police
work, consider that 40 convictions out of 1166 arrests only equals a 3.5pct conviction rate.

Just where is the
intelligence in that.  It really does
sound more like dragnet fishing to see what comes in with the net.

Lies, damn Lies
and Statistics ??




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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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