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Friedrich aims to toughen anti-terror law

The Local · 15 Apr 2011, 08:57

Published: 15 Apr 2011 08:57 GMT+02:00

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An internal Justice Ministry document cited by daily Financial Times Deutschland revealed that Friedrich aims to extend stronger anti-terror laws put in place after September 11, 2001, in addition to broadening the powers of intelligence services.

Friedrich reportedly presented his ideas on Wednesday evening during top-level talks between the two ministries.

Among his suggestion were allowing intelligence agencies easier access to airline passenger and bank data – both of which the Justice Ministry rejected.

Currently officials must apply with banks or airlines to see such information about terror suspects.

Additionally Friedrich wants to fine companies that refuse to provide data on those under suspicion for terrorism involvement.

The initiative comes ahead of a possible extension of the post 9/11 anti-terrorism law, with a number of sections set to expire in January. Passed in September 2001, it was extended again in 2007.

It granted the domestic and foreign intelligence agencies, and military counter-intelligence services wider access to personal data.

“With the terrorism laws we must evaluate how often we’ve needed them in the last years and whether we really needed them,” Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told the paper.

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“Some of it has never been needed, other parts only once, and others more often. Some measures are certainly disproportionate and avoidable,” she said.

Her party, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners the Free Democrats, will not vote in favour of a complete extension to the law, she added.


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10:58 April 15, 2011 by trash head
Every year the same try. And every year, they come before the courts and gonna be a burden because of 'terror'.

The only terror i can see and which bother me, is coming along with internal ministers and crusaders like Friedrich and co.

Always this sh!t, it p!sses me off. Further, he is totaly ugly.
11:20 April 15, 2011 by tallady
People are always swayed by the call for tougher measures against terrorism. The Patriot act comes to mind. The Gov. always abuses it's newly obtained power,mostly without the public being aware.
11:24 April 15, 2011 by tactician
This piece of human trash is thinking and talking like a real piece of trash. Unfortunately, germany is full of trash heads like this, it's the only unlimited human resource that Germany is not lack of.
12:10 April 15, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
yes and we need more powers for Friedrichs and his paranoid government institutions why exactly?

How many people have been killed again within the borders of this country since 9/11 by terrorist attacks? Zero. Zip. Zilch. Seems to me whatever anti-terrorist legislation there is already in place in Germany is doing just fine.

But Friedrich is right in a way, there is an increased threat of terror - terror committed by German authorities and politicians against their own people. It amazes me that this same old tune is still being played, after almost 10 years. Fear politics have no place in an enlightened, democratic country and society.
12:22 April 15, 2011 by freechoice
what is more ridiculous is the banning head scarves for Moslems, just because some dudes from Germany slam 2 planes onto the Twin Towers!

they have been wearing that for decades and we don't get to see bombs exploding here and there!
13:06 April 15, 2011 by fatherknowsbest
I disagree with freechoice. The french are absolutely correct to ban Islamic head scarves and germany and the rest of the EU ought to do so as well. Whether the anti terror laws should be extended is debatable but the threat from militant islam is not.
13:18 April 15, 2011 by tactician
If you feel that you are been oppressing in europe then feel free to get the hell out, Who stopping you? If you think it's too tough now, then wait for a few more terrorist actacks and see how we deal with you...
14:16 April 15, 2011 by trash head
> If you feel that you are been oppressing in europe then feel free to get the hell out,

Why we should go?

If you want this tougher restrictions, you can go to countrys who offer you this, for example China, Russia or US.

>This piece of human trash is thinking and talking like a real piece of trash

Your the german conifer right? If so:

> germany is full of trash heads like this

Leg dir erstmal nen anständigen Nick zu, bevor du ne dicke Lippe riskierst und vom deutschen Volkscharackter schwadronierst.

> then wait for a few more terrorist actacks

few more? The counter is still at 0.
15:12 April 15, 2011 by tactician
I think I have played music to the morons here...it doesn't have any effects.
15:34 April 15, 2011 by LiberalGuy
doesn't the word 'terrorism' get thrown about by politicians everytime there is some other story they want to distract us from.

It's getting a bit tired..
18:02 April 15, 2011 by Expat IV
France has not banned headscarves--only face coverings. This seems like a reasonable measure to me. What if people decided to run around wearing ski masks? Scary thought.
03:28 April 16, 2011 by fatherknowsbest
Exactly so Epat. Its not as if islamists haven't proved to be dangerous folk.
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