Friday, December 30, 2005

German official suggests tagging Islamists.

EU: This certainly goes beyond the patriot act.

Dec 28, 2005 — BERLIN (Reuters) - Known Islamic militants should be electronically tagged so their movements can be tracked, a regional German interior minister proposed on Wednesday. "This would allow us to monitor the roughly 3,000 Islamists who are prone to violence, hate preachers and fighters trained in terrorist camps," Lower Saxony Interior Minister Uwe Schuenemann said in an interview with Die Welt newspaper. "Hate preachers" is how Germans describe radical Muslim clerics. Schuenemann said electronic tagging was a viable alternative to holding suspected militants in protective custody, a proposal floated by former German interior minister Otto Schily. It would not be against Germany's constitution, he was quoted as saying. "It's practical for all Islamists who are prone to violence and who we can't expel to their home countries because they could be tortured," said Schuenemann. Germany's federal and state governments share responsibility for security services. Under Germany's federal system, states have a great deal of control over their internal security operations and routine policing.
Update# Showing that political correctness can be selective, Germany will give a loyalty test geared for Muslims.
Muslims intent on becoming German citizens will have to undergo a rigorous cultural test to gauge their views on subjects ranging from bigamy to homosexuality. Believed to be the first test of its kind in Europe, the southern state of Baden-Württemberg has created the two-hour oral exam to test the loyalty of Muslims towards Germany.

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