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FDP rejects proposed use of army inside Germany

The Local · 21 May 2011, 12:40

Published: 21 May 2011 12:40 GMT+02:00

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"The FDP parliamentarians will not be a part of changing the Basic Law to allow the internal use of the Bundeswehr," Gisela Piltz, deputy head of the FDP's parliamentary faction, said on Saturday.

"Fighting terrorism is and will remain the police's job," she added, saying that blending the police and the military would be unacceptable to her party.

Interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, of the conservative Christian Social Union, had said that the police's resources were not adequate for certain terrorist threat situations. "In such cases we should have the option of mobilizing the armed forces," he told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.

In response, Piltz called on the minister to work on issues that had been agreed in the coalition contract, and not to "throw smoke bombs."

She said Friedrich should, for instance, come up with a concept for the country's airports and borders, "so that doubled responsibilities of customs officers and the federal police could be resolved, and internal security resources stopped being wasted."

Friedrich was probably not surprised by the FDP's reaction – he had already told the Hamburger Abendblatt that he didn't currently have the required parliamentary majority for such a constitutional change.

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14:58 May 21, 2011 by Johnne
Friedrich wants the Army to bomb terrorists inside Germany:-D
15:09 May 21, 2011 by FIUMAN
Yes, this is correct. The Army should not be used against its' own citizens as long as they are loyal to the German Basic Law. On the other hands international terrorists specifically target the basic documents of civilized societies and functional outside of the norms of lawful civil society and lawful combatants (IE soldiers). The gray zone where terrorists function will mean that countries who will need to defend their civil society from this menace will need to develop institutions with Army-like capacities but not Army-like chains of command or operational orders (IE kill, destroy, bomb, etc). The old West Germany had the Bundesgrenzschutz Grouppe 9 (BGSG9) and this organization or something similar will need to be developed to manage massive terrorist incidents likely coming to Germany in the future. God forbid this should happen but how much better would local or even state Police do to manage an incident like the Mumbi incident of November 2009?
15:35 May 21, 2011 by Gretl
"The old West Germany had the Bundesgrenzschutz Grouppe 9 (BGSG9) and this organization or something similar will need to be developed to manage massive terrorist incidents likely coming to Germany in the future." Internal Defense Force, National Guard, Polizei BGSG9....What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
15:52 May 21, 2011 by pepsionice
During blizzards in Germany...no one ever says a word when the German Army comes out to help them in their enormous four-wheel drive vehicles to rescue people. When floods occur....no one says a word when 2,000 German Army members appear out of nowhere to fill sandbags and save a village from a flood. No one says anything when a German army chowhall pops up in a village that has been damaged by a flood and they start feeding people for a couple of days.

I think this is mostly a bogus worry. The German army isn't something left over from the Nazi era and today represents the best and brightest of Germany. I don't see an issue.
16:32 May 21, 2011 by auniquecorn
Something terribly wrong with this story,

(the army to be deployed within Germany to fight terrorism.)

They have the 3 words that dont make any sense at all,

Army, Germany and fight.


This story was a joke right?
21:57 May 21, 2011 by Chigozie Ohanweh
The bundeswehr performing internal duties? What so ever. had things degenarated to that. Why not equip the police to meet the uphill task.
22:00 May 21, 2011 by Lachner
I think that the Interior Minister's proposal was very reasonable since it just wanted to change the Constitution to enable the Bundeswehr to be able to operate within Germany in case it is needed to fight against terrorism. The police's resources are not adequate to fight terrorism, so having the ability to be able to deploy troops would be a great resource and detraction for terrorists. I just don't understand why politicians in Germany are so idealistic when it comes to the use of the Bundeswehr. The military forces in Germany are very well trained and equipped, so instead of having them just sitting around and training, why not maximize resources and have them actually fight. What is the point then of having a military force? I think that the main problem is that Germany has been free riding from the presence of Uncle Sam's forces, but they need to understand that they won't be here forever and at some point Germany will have to fly solo and defender their own turf.
13:17 May 22, 2011 by 9900lawre
People have a missconception that ARMY automaticaly means UNIFORM, WEAPONS, TANKS etc.

There are many things beond this GREEN MACHINE front.

Using all the non-agressive resources available is a good idea. Why pay for it if you can't use it!
02:39 May 23, 2011 by wenddiver
Yah, if we had a couple hundred terrorists running around the inside of Germany blowing themselves up, why allow the Army to help the Polezi to stop the killing, when they could be doing something useful like drinking beer on Base.

Certainly all those Army helecopters, Assault Rifles, Doctors and Intelligence Officers would be of no use. DUH.
07:16 May 23, 2011 by auniquecorn

The police's resources are not adequate to fight terrorism,

Correction, The police's resources are not adequate enough to handle crowd control.
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