Schily Hopes for Additional Means against Terror
Berlin. Minister of the Interior Schily is of the opinion that German security forces still lack hold on terrorists. In his first summary of the work of the anti-terror-center in Berlin, Schily stated that this institution improved the collaboration between federal and state forces, leading to heightened structure, effectiveness, and speed. The minister now announced additional authorities for the Federal Criminal Police Office, and also deemed protective custody a necessity. Several Union politicians, however, criticized Schily's refusal to combine police and secret services. The split of the Terror Defense Center in two is leading to inefficient work, was the consensus of Bavaria's and Brandenburg's ministers of the interior, Beckstein and Schoenbohm.
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"Ground which forms the key to three contiguous states, so that he who occupies it first has most of the Empire at his command, is a ground of intersecting highways." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
I don't view this as a lack of effort on Germanies part as it is a lack of impact. Once someone you know or even yourself has a major terrorist attack on them, you tend to be more diligent about it. Realistically, how much did America or Britain care about terrorism until the US got attacked? And then even more when Britains subway stations got bomb? When it hits close to home, your more ept to do something dynamic about it.
3 HELD OVER GERMAN 'AIRPORT PLOTS'
German authorities say they have arrested three men on suspicion of planning attacks on Frankfurt's international airport and the U.S. air base in Ramstein.
Are we seeing a pattern here?
* The three charged are devout believers in Islam
* The three had training in Pakistan my Islamic militants
What were their jobs? Nothing. Rather, they proclaimed themselves as "unemployed" and were drawing government welfare checks. But they were employed. They were making bombs to kill Germans and Americans.
Isn't that keen!?
On NPR there was some concern that America is the cause of increased terrorism - basically because America is going after terrorism and making it bad for Europe.
Can't we all just get along?
U.S. HELPED GERMANS FOIL PLOT
ULM, Germany - The discovery of a plot to detonate powerful bombs in Germany last week was a result of close cooperation between American and German security officials, with intelligence passing back and forth between the two sides, German officials said Saturday.
Two U.S. Soldiers were shot and killed today at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport, police say. Ref. CNN