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Britain to reconsider house arrest-style program

LONDON (AP) - Civil liberties campaigners have criticized Britain's government after it said it will review - not scrap - a house-arrest style program used against some terrorism suspects.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Wednesday that the viability of the system is being reconsidered.

Under the so-called control orders, suspects can be electronically tagged, kept under curfew for up to 16 hours per day, denied the use of telephones or the Internet and barred from meeting with others.

Johnson says the system is being reviewed after Britain's highest court ruled prosecutors can no longer refuse to tell suspects why they are being held under a control order.

The government says prosecutors may have to set suspects free rather than disclose details of intelligence.

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