Sat, 29 Dec 2007 23:06:30
Britain's chief prosecutor says the words 'war on terror' will no longer be used by the government to describe attacks on the public.
Sir Ken Macdonald said terrorist fanatics were not soldiers fighting a war but simply members of an aimless 'death cult'.
“The people who were murdered on July 7 were not the victims of war,” he said referring to the London bombings.
"The men who killed them were not soldiers; they were fantasists, narcissists, murderers and criminals and need to be responded to in that way," said Macdonald.
The term 'Islamic terrorist' will also no longer be used. Officials believe it is unhelpful because it appears to directly link the religion to terrorist atrocities.
In an interview with BBC Radio's World at One, Macdonald also made a fresh attack on plans to extend beyond 28 days the length of time a terror suspect can be held without trial.