Seems that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government wants to remove public juries from some coroner inquests. I suppose some detainees' causes of death might threaten national security, right?
Provisions in its counter-terrorism bill, published last week, would also allow home secretaries to replace coroners with their own appointees.
Ministers insist the new powers would be used sparingly and the vast majority of inquests will still stay public.
But the move has triggered alarm among opposition MPs, human rights campaigners and lawyers.
Critics say the changes are dangerous and unnecessary meddling with a system that has worked well for 800 years.
A clause in the new bill would allow the home secretary to prevent a jury being called to an inquest and even to change the coroner for "reasons of national security".
You know, in case Winston Smith doesn't confess.