The Madrid bombings seem to be prompting Europe wide anti-terrorist measures. Where is the scrutiny and oversight, and the mechanisms for correcting the inevitable mistakes on European wide "terrorist suspect" blacklists ?
Reference: 128/2004 - Date: 22 Mar 2004 12:30
The UK has secured agreement on all its key proposals put forward today at the emergency Justice and Home Affairs council meeting in Brussels.
- agreed to establishing new common standards for retention of communications data;
Home Secretary David Blunkett said:
"I am pleased and encouraged with the progress we have been able to make today. The meeting was not a talking shop and focused on how we get things done, focusing on practicalities, not generalities
"Heads of government will make final decisions on the plans next week but I believe we have agreed a series of practical measures which can make a real difference to the fight against terrorism.
"It is particularly gratifying for the UK that the specific points that we have put forward have been accepted."
David Blunkett was complaining that other European countries had not implemented the anti-terrorist measures promised in the aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks.
His own record on Communications Data Retention which was shoved into the Anti-terrorism Crime and Security Actrt 2001 with no debate, is hardly a shining example. The Home Office has still not come up with agreed, workable standards, after over 2 years.
Does this mean that sometime next week the Voluntary Communications Data Retention Scheme will become, by order, Mandatory and the model for the whole European Union ?
What about European Union access to my Retained Communications Data ?
Where are the European wide proposals and budgets for the regulation, minimum maintenance standards and data retention standards for Closed Circuit TV surveillance systems, which is an area of direct relevance to anti-terrorist operations ?