Ex CIA chief: Personal freedom in Europe “too high” to fight terrorism

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https://www.rt.com/usa/337652-europe-privacy-rights-terrorism-hayden/

The European Union has “incredibly high standards” for privacy rights, and the rules made in Brussels may be hindering the ability of member nations to fight terrorism, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said.

In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program on Monday, Hayden said there may need to be some compromise between privacy rights and security concerns in Europe in order to better detect terror threats such as last week’s bombings in Belgium that killed 35 people and injured hundreds more.

“In the European Union, the division of labor between the union government and the national governments is that questions of commerce and of privacy are held by the Brussels bureaucrats. Questions of security remain in national capitals,” Hayden said.

“What you’ve got are the folks in Brussels, the Euro institutions, imposing incredibly high standards with regard to personal privacy at the expense of what the national governments are still expected to do, which is keep their citizens alive.”

His comments come just a few days after he similarly criticized the EU, arguing that officials were too worried about privacy rights and that “nobody is interested in the trade-off between privacy and security.”

On Monday, Hayden argued that outside of a few countries – Britain, France, Scandinavia and Germany – European nations are “not up to this task” of securing their people.

“They have been very ineffective, hamstrung by local laws,” he said.“They’ve been shorted on resources and now they’re digging out of a big hole to recover.”

He argued for more cooperation within Europe, and criticized the EU for wanting more intelligence “product” from the US after complaining about American surveillance methods in the wake of the Edward Snowden-NSA revelations. Hayden has been a fierce critic of Snowden ever since the former National Security Agency contractor leaked details of the agency’s surveillance dragnet.

Last week, Hayden said that while Europeans share intelligence with the US, they are less likely to do so with each other. As a result, the bombings in Brussels and November’s terror attacks in Paris – both planned by the same jihadist cell – were “predictable.” He also criticized Europe for allowing communities to become radicalized.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hayden_(general)

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are you getting the picture?..how terrorism is used to destroy our freedom and our liberties?..they dont even mask it now..they just say it..

“His comments come just a few days after he similarly criticized the EU, arguing that officials were too worried about privacy rights and that “nobody is interested in the trade-off between privacy and security.”

uh huh..

“Hayden said there may need to be some compromise between privacy rights and security concerns in Europe in order to better detect terror threats such as last week’s bombings in Belgium that killed 35 people and injured hundreds more.”

connect the dots..never waste a crisis..

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~ by seeker401 on April 2, 2016.

2 Responses to “Ex CIA chief: Personal freedom in Europe “too high” to fight terrorism”

  1. Yea, step one, create an artificial enemy and allow it to murder people indiscriminately, step two, tell everyone your incapable of protecting them unless they become carefully-monitored slaves.
    But there’s a few steps they’ve already taken in Europe. European freedom was truncated from the start.
    The people do not have protected speech (you can’t criticize the Muslim horde or even suggest the holocaust was wartime propaganda without being arrested), they have made it almost impossible to get a gun, and in some Euro countries you cannot even protect yourselves against violence without being arrested yourself.
    Europe is far further down the road to serfdom than the U.S. is, and the people of the U.S. fight back every time they try to limit our freedoms, even a little.
    If Europeans are considering an uprising (& I hope they are) they need to DEMAND a Bill of Rights that acknowledges the natural born rights of man & beast not be infringed upon. Among these rights are the right to state your opinions openly, without fear of the government or the press, and the right to defend yourself from any attack, be it with counter-violence or litigation.
    And I would add to this list the right to keep and bear arms for your defense against crime & tyrannical government, and the right to have a jury of randomly picked citizens decide your legal cases independent of any decision by some government-appointed “judge.”

    You may find fault with any of these suggestions, and many do find fault with them in the U.S., but I have the right to sue my government, say anything or state any opinion (as long as I don’t directly threaten any person with bodily harm), and shoot any attacker in the face and kill him, without fear of being persecuted by my government for defending myself.
    And we are STILL in the middle of overthrowing the establishment politicians that seek to strip us of these rights, and I think we’ll win.
    I’m never giving these rights up without bloodshed, and Europeans need to decide they will demand these rights even if it means bloodshed.

  2. He knows they will need more crisis actor terrorist shows to tip the balance

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