(Using the Brussels attacks as justification for a new European Patriot Act. Now where have I heard that before?)
German politicians and the establishment media are using the terrorist attacks Tuesday in Brussels to justify moving further to the right. Above all, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière is beating the drum for the systematic buildup of state powers in Germany and Europe.
“The most important preventative is information. We must exchange the information that exists”, de Maizière told broadcaster ZDF. There were still “separate databases of immigration authorities, visa authorities, police authorities, the intelligence services”, which should be better networked. “Data silos should not hinder preventative action”, the interior minister concluded.
He repeated his demands on the ARD “Tagesthemen” news programme: “There are too many holes on the external borders of the Schengen area. We need registers for incoming and outgoing travel in the Schengen area.” He then added, “Data protection is all well and good, but in times of crises like these, security takes precedence.” According to de Maizière, Europe faces a common threat, therefore a common struggle against terrorism is now necessary.
[reminder: “As America (Europe?) becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstances of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat” Zbigniew Brzezinski in his book, The Grand Chessboard]
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