Majority Of Brits Willing To Trade Liberty For Security, Study Finds

London (AP) -- A study has found that a large majority of British people are willing to trade their civil liberties for more security.

The survey was taken by an independent research group around the time of the 2005 London bombings, but an editor says that only had a small impact on people's attitudes.

The survey found 81 percent of people think tapping phones and opening mail are prices worth paying in the fight against terrorism.

Eighty percent support electronic tagging of terror suspects, and 79 percent say police should be able to detain those suspects for more than a week without charge.

Opposition to mandatory ID cards has also dropped to 22 percent.

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