While the observation of radical religious groups at least in Germany is a fairly new phenomenon, made more difficult by cultural, racial and language differences, I also see the security departments demanding more and more power (wiretapping without a permit from a judge, searches of appartments, prophylatic storing of personal data), which would turn the country into mentioned police state and maybe preparing the way for a future dictator. The communists back in the 1970s wanted to reach more or less the same goal: Attack the government, government strikes back by turning into a dictature, population gets p*ssed off and rebels against ther government with the terrorists as leaders. Fortunately the Socialdemocrat government back then didn´t go the way of a dictatorship, without making concessions to the terrorists.
I think the main difference between Europ and the US before 9/11 is that we are kind of used to the fact that there WILL be successfull attacks, whatever we do, but in the end we´ll get the b*st*rds. Look at Carlos. He considered himself to be untouchable. Now he is an ordinary criminsl doing a life term in a French jail. They locked him up and threw away the key. And what hurts him most: He´s got no privileged status as a political prisoner. The other prisoners saw to it.
The radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza, currently in British jail, awaiting trial, refused to go to court because "his towenails were too long". The answer: He got an additional sentence for insulting the court.
It has to be made clear to religiozs radicals that the ONLY law valid here is the constitution and the laws based on it. That there are no spaces permitted, where the local law, doesn´t matter if it is British, French or German not applies.
It took long for the German authorities to see the danger, but hey are reacting. Politicians like "visible security, e.g. cops standing around with machine guns", but the real security comes from intelligence work and infiltration of radical groups.
Interestingly, the fact that many radical groups are opening themselves now for recruits from outside their own ethnic group, make it easier for the police to infiltrate observers.
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