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Westerwelle against new anti-terrorist laws

DDP/The Local · 1 Jan 2010, 13:07

Published: 01 Jan 2010 13:07 GMT+01:00

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"We don't need new security laws, we need a better-equipped police force," Westerwelle told the news magazine Focus.

Germany's new foreign minister also came out against the introduction of so-called body scanners, which allow airport security personnel to see through clothing.

"Security must be orientated towards the dignity of the human being," Westerwelle said, "Showing people naked is a personal invasion."

But the FDP leader also called for a critical assessment of the further technological development of body-scanners. "If there are technical advances with body scanners which disguise a passengers' intimate areas, we will take that into account," he said.

Westerwelle also criticised the US data collection policies, which failed to failed to prevent the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day in Detroit. "The belief that stockpiling information increases security is mistaken," he said, before adding, "We have to take all the security precautions available to us, but there will never be perfect safety."

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14:39 January 1, 2010 by Frenemy
Do my eyes deceive me? A debate on technological determinism brewing on the horizon? on thelocal/TT???

(hippies/left-wingers stand clear...you're about to be in over your head!!)
15:09 January 1, 2010 by goody
I dont understand the way some german politicians thinks they allow nude beaches they allow nude hiking trails.But they think its an invasion of privacy when it comes to the safety of people when it comes to flying as far as Im concerd they should do what ever they have to ,and also alot of your terroist come from hamburg germany.
17:03 January 1, 2010 by Frenemy

well, its a very "tolerant" city! ;-)

No, but seriously....how many M.Atta's currently reside (or are being educationally forged and/or extremized) in Stockholm, Brussels, Lyon, Freiburg, etc...

This whole thing is the social/civilizational equivalent of Russian-roulette!!
02:23 January 2, 2010 by moorekwesi
I dont understand the way some german politicians thinks they allow nude ..

Allowing nude beaches,nude hiking trails are not a part of daily activities.it's not a must do.security checks are daily routines if i have to move from UK to Germany monthly,it definitely will be a concern for me.The USA decided not to act when they were alerted and should not be bothering everybody for their failures.

Westerweller should not allow such a mechanism to be used on us.
09:58 January 2, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
Look, there are a lot of very proud well endowed men who just can't wait to be scanned. Just thinking about the gasping open mouthed , eye popping out reaction of some security boys would give them a real high. There could even be a " who's the best one on the plane today competition" , the winner receiving customs advantages.
16:45 January 2, 2010 by Frenemy
@heinrich: hahaha, nice! There's always an upside eh? :-D

re: the female-side competitions....do these things detect silicone (cheaters)? lol
18:45 January 3, 2010 by wenddiver
You do what you have to, to survive (simple Darwinism).

Maybe he is afraid to have his package scanned, because the Security will laugh.

I say scann away, Daddy ain't shy.
23:20 January 3, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Frenemy, I wonder what would your 275 pound old lady look like on a nude beach, naw maybe thats not a good thought.
12:44 January 4, 2010 by astonysh
So the next young terrorist tries to board a plane for the USA at Frankfurt Airport with PETN sewn into his underwear, and we know that the metal detectors cannot pick it up - do we simply let him board the plane?

And no complaints about security here either when the plane is blown up in Mid-Atlantic - it is simply a matter of the technology not being available.

I have already very low expectations of Herr Westerwelle, who often seems out of touch with reality. This is, I am afraid, one more example!
21:54 January 4, 2010 by Frenemy
@lordwilliams: seriously?? why do u wanna contemplate your mama wrapped around my ungodly thick cock?? leave it alone bruv.... for christs sake! have some dignity!

@astonysh: a vial of nitroG shoved up his A-hole would be far more effective ;-) (like that guy that tried to off that saudi prince) lol
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