Britain unveils sweeping new terrorism law proposals

The British government unveiled sweeping plans Thursday to toughen terrorism laws, including a proposal to hold suspects for up to 42 days without charge. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's plan would increase the limit for detaining suspects without charge from 28 days to 42 days and urge judges to impose stiffer sentences on criminals whose offenses are linked to terrorism. The proposal could also see suspected terrorist DNA samples loaded onto a national DNA database.