Watch here to see a U.K. citizen stopped and searched recently under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Hopefully, this ballsy video capture of the police in action will actually bring home the meaning of "anti-terrorism" to more people.
A less choppy version of the video can be found here if you're having trouble with the above version. It is worth looking at the first link however for the comments.
Note that he has no choice about whether he can consent to being searched and have his property rifled through (including one of the officers apparently taking note of the details on one of his credit cards). He must either comply or be arrested (and subsequently face all of the additional consequences such as having his fingerprints and DNA taken and put on the national database).
Remember, if you are stopped under Section 44, Liberty currently have a search monitoring form that you should fill in. If enough of us do this Liberty will have some kind of statistical evidence for highlighting the bullsh*t that it is.
It is also worth noting the Police's own propaganda on this issue.
While I'm at it - here is a comprehensive debunking of the "nothing to hide" 'argument'.
If your initial response to all of this is to say that the police are just 'doing their job', you might want to refamiliarise yourself with the Nuremburg defence.
Here is a link to the author's blog, where he considers his reaction to the police.
And hat tip to John Sabotta over at Samizdata for this quote:
"So passed, to all appearance, from the minds of men the strange dream and fantasy called freedom."
- G. K. Chesterton, EUGENICS AND OTHER EVILS