No repeat of authoritarianism, please

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Rakyan AdibrataThe Jakarta Post

Tue, March 1, 2016 | 04:29 pm

Indonesian anti-terror army troops take part in an exercise to help police fight terrorist groups. (Antara/Basri Marzuki)

In times of conflict, the law should not fall silent. And with the new, tougher anti-terrorism law currently before the House of Representatives, the question remaining before us is no longer one of silence but of what kind of law.

In the wake of Jakarta’s January 14 terrorist attack, arguments for strengthening the existing counterterrorism legislation are clearly sound as the hastily prepared Law No. 15/2003 does have weaknesses. Overseas military training, foreign terrorist fighters, the Islamic State (IS) phenomenon and preparatory acts of terrorism are a few of the country’s worries. They need to be addressed urgently as the nature of Indonesian terrorism has changed and security risks continue to evolve. Here pundits and politicians agree. But this time urgent should not be synonymous with haste.

The devil in details of the new draft revision for the counterterrorism law lies in at least two significant issues: intelligence coordination and extended powers for law-enforcement officers.

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