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Hollande: A Police State is not democratic, but we will keep it

Friday, January 8, 2016 3:31
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Exactly one year after the massacre of Charlie Hebdo, at the same time that the Kouachi brothers took the lives of 11 people, including three policemen, French President Francois Hollande, defended this morning the reinforcement of the “power of effective security” to confront the terrorist threat. Speaking from the offices of the Paris police Department, Hollande presented his new year greetings to representatives of the security forces. “To meet this challenge posed by terrorism you need to have the means,” he noted. The establishment of the state of emergency, a.k.a. Police State, declared after the attacks of November 13 and scheduled to run until the end of February, has allowed the opening of 25 criminal investigations directly related to terrorism, according to Hollande. They have seized 400 weapons, of which around 40 are so-called weapons of war. But the state of emergency “has no vocation to last in a democracy”, said the president. Therefore, and to cope with the persistent threat of terrorism, he announced his willingness to launch a series of new measures, which will be equally unconstitutional, to give greater power to police so they can act officially without respecting the rule of law. In simple terms, France will codify the fact it is already leaving in a Police State. First, Hollande advanced the need to put under house arrest any returnees from Syria and Iraq “for a limited time.” This is exactly what George W. Bush said at first, before changing his mind to keeping so-called prisoners of war for indefinite periods of time. “Most are under judicial control, but not all,” he stated about the detentions. According to the bill that the government has sent to Congress for an opinion before being approved by the Cabinet in early February, it is expected that the new measures can be issued by the Interior Ministry against persons against whom there is no insufficient evidence to open a judicial investigation. In other words, the government will persecute people who they think are suspects of anything they want to imagine, without any proof. In his speech Hollande, however, lied and insisted that “all these measures will be subject to judicial review.” Another possible outcome of the current proposal is that agents are able to conduct searches of vehicles and identity checks of people in security perimeters in areas considered sensitive “only in case of a terrorist threat.” This means the government can make up terrorist threats as they go, which they have already been doing, and justify the closing of public places as well as the illegal search of people and they property. The new law will also expand and detail the conditions under which the police can use their weapons to stop the escape of possible terrorists. Hollande has also listed the need to increase the fight against arms trafficking, a simplification of criminal procedures to increase the monitoring of financial flows. This is an ironic measure, since France sells weapons of war to countries and indirectly to terrorist organizations who then commit crimes against innocent people. Apart from the legislative changes, Hollande has stated that by 2017 the government will increase the number of police and gendarmes by 5,000. Right now there are about 2,000 agents to serve intelligence services. Last year, some 200 people were issued prohibitions to leave the country and some 50 people were banned from entering French territory without due process. The French have also illegally blocked access to nearly a hundred web pages on the Internet which the government deemed as places where terrorism was encouraged.

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