Secret trial in the UK

A secret trial is going to be held in Britain. The only known details of it are that its “terror” related.
Concerned commentators are saying this has never occurred in modern Britain, and is a dangerous step in regards to legal ethics and government transparency.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/05/319076959/in-a-first-for-britain-a-secret-trial-for-terrorism-suspects
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27704747
Maybe Britain can lead the way in failed democracies, other western nations can learn from them. :long:

There have probably been many secret trials, but they were kept secret. Why this one is being acknowledged as taking place is probaly the most interesting aspect of it. And, in several years it may appear after whatever it involves becomes unclassified. These usually turn out to be the government coving its own ass more than national safety though. What they are hiding is anyone’s guess. The conspiracy theory inclined will have a hey day!

There have probably been many secret trials, but they were kept secret.
Unlikely. If a government is going to engage in criminal behavior secretly, why follow legal procedure? Secret trials are a contradiction in terms.
Why this one is being acknowledged as taking place is probaly the most interesting aspect of it. And, in several years it may appear after whatever it involves becomes unclassified. These usually turn out to be the government coving its own ass more than national safety though.
Obviously they need to cover something up, but your missing the point. The fact that the UK, in this age, is engaging in this behavior is being seen as cause for alarm.
What they are hiding is anyone's guess.
There are 2 people being charged with terror related offences. According to links, the fact a trial was going to happen didn't become known until a gag order was lifted - "Until now it has not even been possible to report the existence of the forthcoming trial against the two men, known only as AB and CD. But three appeal court judges lifted a gagging order allowing reporting of a hearing challenging the plans." The reason for secrecy - "The court was told that the crown has sought and obtained legal orders on the grounds of national security, arguing that if the trial were held in public the prosecution might not proceed with the case. Mari Reid, unit head of the counter-terrorism team in the special crime and counter-terrorism division of the Crown Prosecution Service, gave evidence during the crown application that there was a "serious possibility that the trial may not be able to go ahead" if it had to be held in public." Perhaps Britain's stupid hate crime laws make it difficult for non-white, non-British people to be charged :exclaim: