Most of the Pakistani residents arrested over the last week in the so-called anti-terrorist operation would be deported rather than charged under the British Law that had long been acclaimed for justice and fairplay all over the world. Quite a big chunk of students who had been studying in various UK institutions would bear the brunt of criminality for being involved in terrorist acts that they did not commit and could not possibly stand the scrutiny of the British courts. Despatching them back in disgrace to their country of origin with certain slanderous allegations, would amount to ruining their future over unproven capricious stigmas attached to their names. One of the 12 men initially detained, an 18 year old, who had been freed from anti-terrorist detention was still in the custody of immigration officials against all the norms of justice. Since the start of April, some 300 people have been arrested and incarcerated in just 3 police operations on a supposed threat to "public order." Maintenance of public order has now changed its connotation to detain any Pakistani on the charges of being involved in terrorism. Investigators are worried that they have not found any concrete evidence linking the suspects to any terrorist attack plans. A source close to the inquiry revealed that there were apprehensions that they would come back empty-handed and there was visible difference of opinion amongst the different networks over the possible success of the "abortive mission." Operation, codenamed Pathway has already led to the resignation of Bob Quick, Britain's most senior anti-terrorist official, after he inadvertently revealed details of the arrest plans to photographers in Downing Street. If it results in deportations rather than charges, it will cause much embarrassment to the British PM, who said that the police were dealing with "a very gig terrorist plot" and had criticised for "not doing more" to tackle the Islamist terrorism. The operation that has been covertly running for several weeks with dramatic daylight raids, went public within hours of Mr Quick's revelation of the photographers. The remaining 11 detainees, 10 of whom are believed to be Pakistanis visiting Britain on student visas, were being questioned at police stations across the north of England. Since, they could not make any headway, the detectives were granted a further 7 days detention of suspects. They can be questioned for a maximum of 28 days before they could be charged or released. The assault on civil liberties is not specific to Britain, but is a tendency evidenced throughout the so-called advanced democracies. Their proclamations of democracy increasingly function as a thin veneer, behind which the state has assumed near offensive autocratic powers. The time has come for the British to hear the truth about the nostalgic War. In global conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because the nations are deceived by themselves. Realisation and incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind the people to their sins. But the days have passed for superficial patriotism. Those, who live with untruth, live in "Spiritual Slavery." The Stalinist police action launched against the aliens had nothing to do ensuring "public safety." If anything, they constituted a deliberate attempt to provoke panic as a pretext for further repression. And, this happens in England, where the citizens are under one of the worst watch and ward of British history. The country is plagued with the greatest concentration of CCTV cameras per head of population. Moreover, without any parliamentary debate let alone public consent, recent legislation has compelled all internet service providers to retain data from e-mails and website visits for up to one year. Details of phone calls and text messages are being similarly stored and made available to the government and other official agencies. As if, such wide powers were not enough for police to be aware of the movements of any potentially dangerous persons, police in Nottingham carried out unprecedented pre-emptive arrests of 114 citizens on April 13. No crime, in fact, was committed, but the arrests were made purely on the basis that the police had suspected a plan by some miscreants to target a power station. While no formal charges were framed, the arrests were used to mount a trawling operation. Sheer police banditry Or, what else could it be? The writer is a former inspector general of police