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Göring-Eckardt "does not want to be afraid of surveillance"

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 | World News

Maybrit Illner, in the election campaign mode, had already conducted his political talk with three guests for the fourth consecutive day. The topic on Friday was striking: "thugs, thieves, terrorists – how is Germany safer?"

In the half-hour lightning round "Illner intensively", the moderator was particularly interested in the Amri case, the incidents at Cologne on New Year's Eve, and the failures of the security authorities at the G20 summit in the accreditation of journalists.

The guests:

Thomas de Maiziere (CDU), Federal Minister of the Interior, Göring-Eckardt (Bündnis '90 / Die Grünen), Chairman of the Swiss Confederation and top candidate Thomas Oppermann (SPD)

 The fear of the population is changing. And the fact that the three politicians had read the relevant polls showed immediately: A regular contest was made about who wants more policemen and a tougher gait against threats. When Oppermann said he wanted to hire 15,000 additional officials, Interior Minister de Maizière hurried to say that the CDU wanted of course. "And there is already a growth which has not yet taken place in history."

"We had a CDU interior minister for twelve years, and the increase did not come until the last minute." As an example of the lack of staffing of the police, she called the Cologne Domplatte on New Year's Eve 2015 when where numerous women were attacked. "They could not even determine who the perpetrators were."

  The number of suspected migrants rose by almost 53 per cent in 2016. Oppermann's answer: Whoever disregards the rules of the Basic Law, "he has nothing to look for here." The SPD man, as well as de Maizière, supported bodycams for policemen.

Further in the package of measures: Rapid arrest and deportation of endangered species as well as more prevention. "Education is the best way to prevent crime." Göring-Eckardt was the only person who also applied to data protection and civil rights: "I do not want every citizen to be afraid that he is being monitored." can be installed on any mobile phone – as decided recently by the Grand Coalition – would not go at all.

The coalitionaries were not impressed by the criticism, and since neither Illner nor Goering-Eckardt really asked, a succinct response from Oppermanns was enough to end the subject: "We live in no surveillance state."

Excitement of the evening:

Göring-Eckardt's attack on de Maizière in the Amri case. "What makes me angry is that he could have been in custody," the Greens rebelled. Dealings, bodily harm and other offenses: Amri's misdemeanors had been more than justified to put the terrorist behind bars in Berlin. The Minister of the Interior should distract himself from his own mistakes in this case by calling for ever new security measures. "An apology to the victims would be necessary."

De Maizière shot back: "I spoke to the victims' relatives, I do not need any instruction." Oppermann also criticized the interior minister. "Your employees were sitting in the Joint Terror Protection Center. Half a dozen mistakes have happened. "His party colleague, the Interior Minister of Lower Saxony, Pistorius, had shown with the deportation of two dangers how he was going.

What was missing:

Time! Half an hour talkshow about internal security – as once again the topic of data protection was quite submerged. At least over one-player, Illner could have shown which fireworks on surveillance laws the Federal Government fired in the past four years. Perhaps the most notorious was not even mentioned: the legalization of the hitherto illegal mass surveillance of the whole Internet traffic by the Federal news service, which has in any case very little to look for in Germany anyway.

Even in the area of ​​crime statistics, one could at least briefly classify why many immigrants became criminal: They are mostly young men – a group that has a disproportionate amount of money on the scoreboard anywhere in the world. And what would it be if the European security authorities were to improve their data exchange, as de Maizière was not tired of proposing?

How do you deal with ever more autocratic regimes like in Hungary or Poland? Questions that Illner could have asked, but apparently Goring Eckardt did not appear.

What remains after the show:

Only three guests, hard repositioning, strict measurement of the speaking time: Illner has done a lot on this evening. Only the length of the program is not correct. So refreshing it was that the politicians were not allowed to talk: there was no room for more than election campaigns and superficial. This does not do justice to a complex issue such as internal security.

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