Labour policy on crime, ID cards and control orders
3 October 2012 Last updated at 15:50 BST
The last Labour government showed a more authoritarian side despite previously claiming to fight for the underdog and representing the oppressed.
It brought in legislation for detention without charge, ID cards, control orders and expanding CCTV systems, as terror levels were stepped up after the 9/11 terrorism attack in the US and 7/7 in London.
Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti claimed that "lots of terrible things were done in the name of freedom that actually chipped away at our freedoms".
Giles Dlinot reports.