The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has now drafted a Decision Notice, which is going up the the management hierarchy for signature, regarding the Home Office and Terrorism Act 2000 section 44 "stop and search without reasonable suspicion" Authorisations.
We did not request any of the background national security intelligence on why such Authorisations were or were not justified. We simply requested the time, date, duration and geographical area locations of where the section 44 powers were in force. These extraordinary legal powers are explicitly not meant to be used for general policing, or to be in force everywhere, all of the time.
There is no difference in practice between "secret laws", which are meant to be an anathema to British justice, and the application of an Act of Parliament in secret - the end result is just as nightmarishly Kafkaesque for thousands of innocent people caught up by them in error, without apology or compensation.
Remember that not a single terrorist has ever been caught "red handed" as a result of the hundreds of thousands of these section 44 stop and searches, Neither have any of the recent Irish republican terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland nor any of the Al Queada inspired attacks in England or Scotland been deterred by such secret stop and search Authorisations.
See this blog's HO Terrorism Act 2000 s44 Authorisations catgory archive.