Bavaria ramps up security measures against terrorist threats

Terrorist attacks in the Bavarian cities of Würzburg and Ansbach; a mass shooting in Munich; the truck attack at the Christmas market in Berlin. In response to these recent violent incidents, the state of Bavaria has passed a new law expanding the powers of the police.

“The most efficient defense against dangers is to not let them emerge at all,” said Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann. “We’re an open society, but in order to protect that society we need a strong state.”

Civil liberties will not be threatened by the authorities through laws or surveillance, he added, but rather by “extremists and chaos.”

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  • H

    “We’re an open society, but in order to protect that society we need a strong state.”

    And there you have it: a slight variation on a tedious and repeating theme of dictators and oppressors throughout human history.

    • K1

      yup…
      All Western countries are OPEN SOCIETIES…
      CAMERAS view us everywhere we go now
      GPS systems abound everywhere
      Listening devices everywhere
      Security checks at airports, dance clubs, shops
      … I could use a little privacy (sigh)
      .
      This is where idealism gets you… now pass me that daisy chain and let’s sing Kum by yah

  • mauser 98

    horse left barn

  • simus1

    As the old joke about the mule and the 2by4 goes, “First you have to get their attention”.

  • bob e

    They are just going to explode one of these days.
    they can’t withstand the crime ..