Saturday, April 08, 2006

Amazingly, European Countries Don't Want to Get Blown Up

An absolutely amazing transformation that pertains to National Security has taken place across many European countries. Yep, it seems those countries don't want to get blown up.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks and the terrorist bombings that followed in Madrid and London, authorities across the continent are getting more powers to electronically eavesdrop, and meeting less apparent opposition than President Bush did over his post-9/11 wiretapping program.

That's right, folks. The governments and citizens of England, Italy, France, Netherlands, Sweden and more are all convinced that wiretapping just may help to protect against terrorist attacks. What an amazing concept.

In fact, "...the Dutch secret service, known by its acronym AIVD, has gained vast powers since 9/11. In September 2004, the government passed sweeping measures that lowered the threshold for bugging and surveillance. A turning point in Dutch public attitudes came with the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Muslim extremist who claimed a film he made insulted Islam."

What a show of support for their countrymen. The Dutch lost one civilian to a terrorist and an overall shift in attitude was shown that favors their government taking more measures towards protection.

Must be nice.


At 4:03 PM, April 08, 2006, Blogger grumps said...

The European countries each have their own chartering documents with which to deal. We have that Constitution thingie to guide decisions like this.

One doesn't often see a call to be more like the Europeans.

At 5:32 PM, April 08, 2006, Blogger Phelony Jones said...

Good point. Imagine if they had lost 3,000.....their borders would be closed. Huh. Imagine what that would do for their major immigration problems.


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