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Angela Merkel: ‘No doubt’ some refugees are a security threat

alan

preventive police monitoring of high risk people ?

Is that the sort of thing which is called spying & cvauses diplomatic incidents when the CIA do it? Posted on 4/13/17 | 8:55 AM CEST

rer

Ohhh, and when some people were saying that 1-2 years ago, Mrs Merkel and her political allies were calling them racist, fascist and xenophobes. Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:03 AM CEST

Gareth Cooke

Am sure empress ditherer of bankrupt EZ empire the germans will pay the price even more

Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:12 AM CEST

Jodocus3

@Alan

Yes Alan . Spying by security services . Current terrorism shows why we should do it, and a little thought shows us why it s so dangerous to overdo it.

As an example, consider the UK s snooper s charter . It completely tilts the balance between the State and the individual as far as electronic spying is concerned. You can also take international spying on friendly states too far . Take e.g . the UK installing phone taps on the EU in Brussels .

Or the CIA tapping Mrs . Merkel s phone. By your logic, EU countries would be fully justified in trying to tap Mrs . May s phone and using that to improve negotiation tactics on Brexit . After all that s what GHCQ is busily doing with the EU, right?

Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:12 AM CEST

ab

We will never accept terror oh really ?
I m surprised, it seemed that they have so far enjoyed it and made a lot to have it even more while at the same time bashing countries that made safety of their citizens top priority like Hungary or Poland.
What happened ?!? Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:37 AM CEST

alan

@ab

What happened? Is there an election looming by any chance?

Should we tell Vlad & the Trolls? (sounds a bit like a 70 s /80 s punk rock band )

Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:43 AM CEST

glasspix 1

She d say anything to lure back voters the CDU has lost to the AfD . The Amazing thing is that the average German still believes that Merkel will somehow fix their broken society and all will be well, while they are increasingly governed from Ankara and somewhere from the shores of Lybia. Posted on 4/13/17 | 10:20 AM CEST

Filippo

Islamic terrorism, she said . Ok,boys in the german independent media, the boss spoke, you can stop with your exhilarating not so clear, maybe football fan, or maybe a foreigner we don t know precisely from where, could be a brasilian tourist, maybe attitude

Posted on 4/13/17 | 10:24 AM CEST

Veritas-Semper

Ooops . . this can t be, can it?

And, now Frau Merkel having invited the many will come up with a plan to interrogate all to find the few

Posted on 4/13/17 | 11:16 AM CEST

alan

@Jodocus3

Seem to remember the DGSE was reputed to run a most effective commercial/industrial spying operation. A little thought actually shows why it is dangerous to underdo the electronic monitoring bit, many people would I suspect be quite accepting of the snoopers charter concepts and have no principled objections to it . I accept that there others who do.

As for international spying, information interpretation & intelligence gathering is what diplomats have always done, its akin to what the press/media do, electronics just changes the way its done.
Are you seriously suggesting that EU27 are not currently doing something similar?

BTW was it not a falling out with the head of the Luxembourg Secret Service which contributed to Junkers downfall as PM just before he became president of the Commission/
Who were they spying on?

Posted on 4/13/17 | 11:30 AM CEST

Security: Buenos Aires police deploy technology and ‘citizen control’

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WhatsApp terror row: ‘If security services can access encrypted messages, hackers can too’

Allowing security services to access encrypted messages would also open the door to hackers and criminals, says a former counter-terrorism officer.

On Sunday (March 26) Home Secretary Amber Rudd said intelligence services must be able to access relevant information on encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp, as Khalid Masood appeared to have used the app moments before he launched an attack on Westminster.

Former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer Charles Shoebridge told Sam Delaney1 it would be dangerous to “open up this so-called ‘back door of encryption'” to allow a security service access, as “you also put that weak system there to be exploited, not just by our security services, but also by hackers and criminals.”

He also said pointed out that Masood wasn’t on MI5’s ‘top 3,000’ list of terror suspects, which “suggests very much that if the intelligence services did have the power to monitor somebody s WhatsApp messages, they wouldn t have been monitoring his anyway.”

Listen to the full interview above

References

  1. ^ Sam Delaney (talkradio.co.uk)