German police call for new anti-terror powers

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10 September 2004 , BERLIN - A leading German police officer warned Friday that law enforcement agencies need new powers to combat international terrorism which he said was "knocking at the nation's front door". Wolfgang Speck, federal chairman of German Police Union, said officers could not defend the population if "effective means were knocked out of their hands". He issued a seven-point list of union demands aimed at beefing up anti-terrorism capabilities. They include: 1) Creation of better programmes

10 September 2004  

BERLIN - A leading German police officer warned Friday that law enforcement agencies need new powers to combat international terrorism which he said was "knocking at the nation's front door".

Wolfgang Speck, federal chairman of German Police Union, said officers could not defend the population if "effective means were knocked out of their hands".

He issued a seven-point list of union demands aimed at beefing up anti-terrorism capabilities.

They include:

1) Creation of better programmes to buy out and pardon terrorists who agree to give evidence or spy on their comrades.

2) Fast-track expulsion of foreigners deemed a threat to Germany.

3) More use of preventive detention in cases where suspects can not be expelled.

4) Nationwide use of police sweeps and general ID checks.

5) Use of biometric data on all visas and ID cards.

6) Improved communication between state and federal police and security officials.

7) Creation of a unified digital communication system for all law enforcement agencies.

Some of these measures have been rejected or watered down by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's centre-left government.

Many Germans are wary about giving more power to police in part as a reaction to abuses during the Nazi era and in communist East Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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