Statewatch journal
monitoring civil liberties in the European Union

July-September 2009, vol 19 no 3


EU: EU protests: “Troublemakers” database and “travelling violent offenders” (undefined) to be recorded and targeted by Tony Bunyan
"persons to be barred from certain events, such as European summits or similar venues, international sports or cultural events or other mass gatherings because they are a threat to public order and public security at such events."
“persons disturbing the public order and/or endangering public security, eg: sports hooligans, violent rioters, sexual offenders, repeated offenders of serious crimes.”

GERMANY: A network being networked: the Federal Criminal Police Office databases and the surveillance of “troublemakers”
by Eric Töpfer
This article looks at the databases held by Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) and how they are used to store information on alleged “troublemakers.”

UK: Shock and anger at the violent policing tactics used at the G20 Summit: Part 2 by Trevor Hemmings
In the aftermath of the violent policing of the G20 summit in London in April 2009 community organisations highlight longstanding problems of police indiscipline while official inquiries develop strategies for future protests.

NETHERLANDS: Biometric passport data linked to criminal databases by Johan van Someren (Vrijbit) and Katrin McGauran (Statewatch)
The worldwide attack on civil liberties is reflected in the Dutch state, which has become known for its farreaching control mechanisms and corporatist structures.

EU: Notes on the high-tec industry of European Border Control: migration control and the arms industry in EU security research policy by Vassilis Tsianos (Preclab, Hamburg)
A new political migration paradigm is developing, which - in the name of the "global approach to migration" - is transforming circular migration, border management and development policy into restrictive operational fields of the European geopolitics of "re-bordering.”

ITALY: The internal and external fronts: security package and returns to Libya by Yasha Maccanico
The “security package” introduced under Law 94/900 turns a number of decrees into law. Exceptional measures allegedly to meet “emergencies” are targetted at refugees, migrants, Roma and direct refoulments to Libya.

EU: Homeland Security comes to Europe by Ben Hayes
The legacy of the “war on terror” is a new way of thinking about security and a cash cow for the defence industry

* In addition, the bulletin carries a round-up of new books, reports and publications


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