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Justice Minister warns against 'exploiting' terror

The Local · 19 Nov 2010, 10:56

Published: 19 Nov 2010 10:56 GMT+01:00

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Following calls on Thursday for tougher security measures, including a possible revival of controversial data storage laws, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger of the Free Democratic Party said new laws were neither necessary nor appropriate.

“I support the Interior Minister in his effort to deal with the changed security situation in a level-headed way,” she told daily Hamburger Abendblatt. “New security laws are not required.”

She went on to warn against “political exploitation of the current situation for unilateral security laws.”

Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger also took a dim view of calls to revive a controversial data storage law that compelled phone and internet service providers to keep records of private citizens’ calls and emails for six months. This law enacted in 2008 was overturned by the Constitutional Court earlier this year.

“Mountains of data alone don’t help. Effective security policy requires qualified personnel and modern equipment,” she said.

She added, however, that her office had prepared for “specific use of connection data” via the “Quick Freeze” system – which is an alternative to the more controversial permanent data storage.

With Quick Freeze, telecommunications data traffic can be temporarily “frozen” on the request of authorities, who can then get a court order to have the data “thawed” so they can use it for law enforcement. The system has already been successfully used in the United States.

The head of the Bundestag’s interior committee, Wolfgang Bosbach of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, rejected calls from within his own party for new data storage laws.

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“This is not the hour for legislative action,” he said, but rather “the hour for the executive and the security authorities.”

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Your comments about this article

11:19 November 19, 2010 by mixxim
Terrorists are civilians who will exploit the state and legal services while trying to destroy it. Politicians and lawyers are their accomplices. It is a WAR and they are the enemy.
12:44 November 19, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
thankfully, there is still one voice of reason in the cabinet.

To see how the CDU is once more trying to press for the cutback of civil liberties is appalling. It's terrorism in an of itself.
15:28 November 19, 2010 by cklb
Thanks to iseedaftpeople and Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. At least some people over there in Germany are still sane :)
17:23 November 19, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
more sane than the government at least, I hope... although, that isn't saying much these days...
20:51 November 19, 2010 by Nemo2010
Sounds like one of these hyphenated last name women! Thank goodness for level headed leaders like KT! Tighten the borders, send the foreigners home...
00:00 November 20, 2010 by surj
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