Wednesday, July 02, 2008

France’s Terrorism Strategy Faulted

Naturally the Left is upset about the way that France catches so many terrorists. How horrible! If the family members and friends want to avoid being picked up for questioning, why don't they stop their friends from joining in terrorist activities?

Friends don't let friends be terrorists! If they do, then they are supporting them and need to be scared straight.

Once again, Human Rights Watch notices the minor issues in the Western legal system and ignores the human rights of the victims who die or are mangled by the terrorists. I wonder if there is a connection? Either way, they can piss off and go examine real criminal regimes. Not that have the balls, or guts either, to handle real violations of Human Rights.

France’s Terrorism Strategy Faulted - "France prides itself on having the most efficient counterterrorism strategy in Europe. French counterterrorism officials insist that the flexibility of French law and the French judicial system has been crucial in their ability to respond to the threat of international terrorism and has helped prevent attacks on French soil.

But an 84-page report issued by New-York-based Human Rights Watch, entitled “Preempting Justice,” argues that that French practices result in too many arrests and convictions based on scanty evidence, putting the country “on the wrong side of the law.”

Specifically, the reports states that the broad and much-used charge of “criminal association in relation to a terrorist undertaking” is so sweeping that it is in essence “guilt by association” that allows authorities to arrest and interrogate large numbers of people even when they have nothing to do with suspected terrorist activity.

The charge is used in a number of other countries in continental Europe. Spain, for example, uses the charge much more aggressively than France, particularly against the Basque separatist group ETA.

“No specific terrorist act need be planned, much less executed, to give rise to the offense,” the report says, adding that even family members, friends, neighbors and casual acquaintances can be detained. "

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