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Date: 2001-11-15

George Doppel/u, E/u, Datensch/utz

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Quasi als Auflösung zur letzten q/depesche: hier ist, dokumentiert
von Statewatch, der Brief von George Doppel/u an die E/u

In diesen intensiven Zeiten, da von Westen her eine Art von
elektronischer Scharia eingeführt werden soll, überschlagen sich
manche Dinge. Was man auch am schwankenden
Tages/aufkommen der q/depeschen parallel zum Auftauchen von auf Listen von internationalen Initiativen sieht.

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Text of US letter from Bush with demands for EU for cooperation -
a sweeping agenda covering unregulated and unaccountable
powers affecting criminal investigations, suspects' rights, the
retention of telecommunications data, border controls and asylum

In a letter to the European Commission (16.10.01) US President,
Mr Bush, has presented a lengthy list of more than 40 demands to
the European Union for cooperation on anti-terrorism measures.
Some do concern anti-terrorism, but many do not - covering
criminal investigations, data surveillance, border controls and
immigration policies.

The letter addressed to Mr Romano Prodi, the President of the
European Commission, from the US President Bush includes a
demand that "data protection issues in the context of law
enforcement and counter-terrorism imperatives" should be
considered and that: "draft privacy directives that call for mandatory
destruction to permit the retention of critical data for a reasonable
period" should be revised. A US official is quoted as saying that:
"This is not an US-EU issue, it is more a question of law
enforcement versus a strict interpretation of civil liberties". But
under United States law there is no similar obligation for the
general data retention by telecommunications companies (see
letter from NGOs below).

The EU data protection directives, and the data protection rules in
the Schengen Convention, the Europol Convention, the Customs
Information System Convention and the EU Mutual Assistance
Convention, already grant extensive derogations from their rules to
facilitate law enforcement. Similarly, Article 8 ECHR and the
Council of Europe data protection Convention also contain
provisions permitting expedited exchange of data by law
enforcement agencies. But the US is not a signatory to any of
these instruments.

Under the heading "police and judicial cooperation" the US wants

"police authorities and local magistrates of member and accession
states to deal directly with US law enforcement authorities"


Der Bush/Brief im Volltext
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