Monday, 5 October 2009

EU setting up own Central Intelligence dept

Acting under a little-noticed section of the Lisbon Treaty, officials set up a Standing Committee on Internal Security (Cosi) to implement what is effectively the the EU's first ever internal security policy.

Under the plans, the scope of information available to law enforcement agencies and "public security organisations" would be extended from the sharing of DNA and fingerprint databases, kept and stored for new digital generation ID cards, to include CCTV footage and material gathered from internet surveillance.

Cosi will coordinate policy between national forces and EU organisations such as Europol, the Frontex borders agency, the European Gendarmerie Force and the Brussels intelligence sharing Joint Situation Centre, under measures known as the "Stockholm programme". It will sharply step up collaboration among member states' police forces.

The new commitee echoes similar moves a decade ago which led to the fully-fledged EU diplomatic service, now enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty, with an EU equivalent of the Foreign Secretary.

Critics fear that Cosi - whose establishment was agreed by national ambassadors to the EU, meeting in private - will eventually also evolve into a full-scale Home Office for the EU, with authority over member states' police and security services.


So, instead of the blatant insecurity of having personal information accessible by the 100,000's of public 'servants' in the UK it will now be accessible by fuck-knows-who all over the EU. Take note that EU Directives are responsible for the biometric passports and the underlying central system, which are all part of a bigger Global Population Register/ Database.

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