Lutz Wulfestieg
Monday November 15th, 2010

Extralegal Sphere?

After listening to what our Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel said, I once more had to start thinking. She spoke in favour of reserve data storage and a visa warning file. Besides, there must not be any extralegal spheres – which should also be true for the internet.

„Fighting child pornography has top priority”. The same is true for fighting terrorism (package bombs from Jemen).

Package bombs in particular caused ample adrenaline being pumped into the state body. The word child pornography alone will suffice for most of us to make our blood pressure climb. It is one of the most atrocious crimes. After all, nobody can contradict the reasoning.

To be sure, we need a functionable and strong state. We all want safety. But will reserve data storage and internet control do any good in this respect? A survey of the German criminal statistics of 2009 showed that reserve data storage does not improve the quota of crimes solved. Will an internet control really prevent thoroughly planned assassination attempts?

In my opinion, our current observation system is more than enough. It is not a nice idea for me to think that, while I am writing this article, the catch words will bring federal investigators to door tomorrow!

Or is it just that I am worried without reason?

LW
(Translated by EG)

2 Kommentare zu “Extralegal Sphere?”

  1. Chris Wood (Tuesday November 16th, 2010)

    I read recently that Amazon offered a “Tips for Paedophiles” for a couple of months. It seems that that is legal in USA. But only one copy was sold. Then the news hit the press, and soon thousands of copies were sold. Afterwards Amazon stopped selling it.

  2. Eilika Emmerlich (Tuesday November 16th, 2010)

    Ich habe den Artikel in englisch gelesen (auf deutsch war er für mich nicht “available”). Ich höre Konzerte über W-Lan in meiner Stereo-Anlage und kann mir jederzeit die Musik aussuchen, nach der mir der Sinn steht. Wunderbar! Ich lade auch Funkkollegs oder “Wissenswert” von hr2 runter, brenne sie auf CDs und höre sie auf langen Autofahrten. Fabelhaft! Ich kann erst jagen und dann sammeln – beides dank Internet-Radio. Da zahle ich gern meine Rundfunk- und Internetgebühren.

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