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Police call for military help in terror alert

The Local · 23 Nov 2010, 08:34

Published: 23 Nov 2010 08:34 GMT+01:00

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The head of Germany’s professional police association (BDK), Klaus Jansen, told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that police needed help.

“We must assume that the exceptional circumstances for police through the acute terror danger will last long into the next year,” he told the paper, adding that law enforcement personnel would not be capable of sustaining that level of protection.

Jansen suggested that the country turn to military police for help. He also said that Germany could take advantage of current plans to end conscription and cut military forces by some 80,000 in July, explaining that these troops could transfer to police service.

Meanwhile the new leader of the GdP police union, Bernhard Witthaut, said officers are at the end of their capacity. In an interview with broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk he called for an end to hiring freezes.

“We must remember that in the last few years more than 9,200 positions have been cut,” he said. “In the coming years states plan to cut another 9,000.”

Lower Saxony Interior Minister Uwe Schünemann (CDU) also called on the federal government to bring in troops to serve at home – something they are currently not permitted to do.

“There are two situations in which the Bundeswehr has authority, in air defence and sea security,” he told daily Rheinische Post, referring to the coordinated suicide attacks of September 11, 2001, when al-Qaida terrorists hijacked aeroplanes to destroy the World Trade Centre towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia.

“In Germany we have a security gap because we have not decided what to do in a similar case – to deter or shoot down?” he asked.

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Germany has been on high alert since last Wednesday when federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced the government had “concrete” indications that Islamists were planning an imminent attack.

On Monday, police closed the dome and roof terrace of Berlin’s Reichstag in a dramatic security clampdown following reports that Islamists were planning a Mumbai-style attack on the building.


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10:08 November 23, 2010 by moistvelvet
One week of higher security levels and the police are calling for extra help, when german police officers don't even get out of their cars when attending a road traffic accident if it's raining, then I'm not really surprised that they can't stand on a station platform for a few hours without whinging.

To make it worse the suggestion is that the conscripts from the Bundeswehr should be drafted into the police instead, really what a joke, if that is the best solution then we have bigger problems than any Mumbai Bollywood style attack. Why not just give the station's resident beggar and drunken dosser a uniform and firearm instead, would anyone recognise the difference? Might even do a better job :-p
10:54 November 23, 2010 by mixxim
Terrorists wear no uniform and cannot be recognised. The only way to fight them is by infiltrating their organisations. Unless caught red handed a dead terrorist is a dead civilian and compensation will be demanded. Britain is giving Al Khaida millions via compensation for terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo.
12:59 November 23, 2010 by Bravo2
Bring in the Israelis. They'll take care of any terrorists.
13:04 November 23, 2010 by Aschaffenburgboy
@mixxim, you are absolutely right. Wester nations are only playing defense in the terror game, this is why the terrorist will always win. All they have to do is keep on trying. Is like a football match where one team is guaranteed to have possession of the ball for the entire game, while the other team can only deflect shots.
14:33 November 23, 2010 by JDee
funny isn't it, I can't even remember the last 'terrorist attack', was it London in 2005? as we are always being told that diplomacy is the only solution you would have considered that the last 5 years could have been used to 1 ) identify who/what/where this ghostly organisation actually is 2 ) What are they actually supposed to be pissed off about and why are they supposedly trying to attack us 3 ) How can we try and bring this "war on terror" to a peaceful end

Unless of course we made it all up?

A few weeks ago I heard stories about how the British military are being trained for deployment domestically and the NWO conspiracy theorists were jumping on stories about British military police being deployed for the first time in British towns and now there is talk about using the military domestically here, and like many other modern phenomena such as the smoking bans these policies seem to spring up in parallel across the globe, does make one start to think
21:25 November 23, 2010 by kotapzero
To the police, we are citizens to protect, to the military we are a population to be subdued. This is different, this is why military have a lousy time doing peacekeeping.

It´s not because they´re not trying, it´s because that´s not what they´re trained to do,

they´re trained to be militaries.
06:43 November 24, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
The German Army, by and large, is still organized and trained to persecute and destroy Soviet infantry and motor-rifle regiments, or their modern counterparts. It's "peacekeeping" training is, so far, only very moderate. A police force, it is definitely not.
21:28 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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