German security laws – Times of terror: Trying to cope with future threats but burdened by the past

… What Mr Jung and Mr Schäuble are really trying to do, their critics fear, is to replace Germany’s “legal state” with a “preventive state”. Mr Schäuble, the supposed ringleader, sees the distinction between foreign and domestic security as false and is given to provocative suggestions (perhaps known terrorists should be targeted for assassination, he mused recently). His security wish-list includes such controversial proposals as letting the security services install spy software on suspects’ computers. Although Mr Hartmann supports on-line snooping, he worries that “step by step Germany could become an only security-oriented state.”

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