Introduction — Dec 21, 2016
First it encourages a breakdown of social cohesion. The attendant rising crime rates naturally create public anxiety about crime and safety, which in turn opens the way for more intrusive surveillance.
This is a double edged sword that cuts both ways. So while enhanced powers of surveillance can be useful for fighting crime it can also be used to monitor political dissidents.
For example last summer German police launched a series of raids nationwide in a crackdown on “verbal radicalism“. The raids followed surveillance of social media users who had posted what the authorities allege was “racial hatred” on social media.
The fact that no arrests followed suggests no criminal offences had actually been committed and that the social media users had simply expressed anger over what Merkel’s open borders policy was doing to Germany.
Facebook pledged in September to fight a surge in racism on its German-language network as Europe’s biggest economy became the top destination for refugees. As part of that effort the US social media network said it would step up monitoring of anti-migrant/refugee correspondence.
Am I alone in seeing an ominous double-standard at work here? So while Angela Merkel’s open borders policy has resulted in skyrocketing crime and terror-related offences, law-abiding Germans who express opposition to this policy are being treated like criminals themselves.
But beyond paving the way for more extensive surveillance, the migrant crisis also benefits the elite in other ways. A larger unskilled labour force means that wages for more menial work are reduced. So that the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, which is EXACTLY what the architects of the New World Order want. Ed.
Germany to allow increased security video surveillance
Reuters — Dec 21, 2016
Germany will allow more video surveillance in public places, under a draft law passed by the cabinet on Wednesday, reflecting growing security fears in a country that has for decades been wary of police intrusion.
The bill was agreed in principle by the parties in Angela Merkel’s coalition last month, well before Monday’s deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that was claimed by Islamic State.
Germany suffered two smaller attacks by Islamists over the summer, one on a train, the other at a music festival. Hundreds of sexual assaults last New Year’s Eve also increased concerns about security on German streets.
State surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany because of extensive snooping by the Stasi secret police in Communist East Germany and by the Gestapo in the Nazi era.
The new legislation would loosen data-protection restrictions for video surveillance on the streets and in places such as shopping malls, sports venues and car parks.
The cabinet also agreed on allowing federal police officers to wear bodycams, a step meant to increase security for officers after a rise in violence against them in recent months.
Government officials have said the country, which accepted nearly 900,000 migrants last year, many refugees from war zones in the Middle East, lies in the “crosshairs of terrorism”.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)