Blacklists are far from being fictional ideas. Europe is the latest case of bureaucrats attempting to create no-fly lists to help profile innocent people.
War refugees do not enter Europe via commercial flights and neither do the supposed jihadists who are a ‘threat to peace’. However, the current massive influx of people from the Middle East has provided the convenient excuse to the European bureaucrats to make a new push for adopting more police state measures. Among them, there is a project to create a passenger blacklist.
Now, European Interior ministers are analyzing the possibility of suspending the Schengen Accord -they say it will be for two years, although it is likely it will be forever- and instead create a blacklist of passengers in which, they say, governments could include the names of alleged terror suspects.
A similar measure was adopted, and it is still in place, in the United States, with countless innocent people being persecuted because of the stupidity of some politicians who believe that having a blacklist of alleged suspects will make their country safer from terrorism. Babies, children, and elderly men a women make part of the American suspect list, and very few or none of the alleged terrorists is on it.
In fact, in the United States the FBI is well known for aiding terror suspects so they can get on aircraft. The FBI even provides fake documentation or simply sends agents to airport gates with suspects who have no documentation demand that they be let on board.
The absurdity of a blacklist of passengers is that no terrorist head honcho criminal enters a country via traditional means of transportation, because it is obvious that law enforcement will be on the look. Therefore, it is wise to ask, why would Europe even consider creating a passenger blacklist?
The answer is the same than the one given when people ask why the NSA or GHCQ need to collect bulk data to fight terrorism. They do it because mass surveillance is key in controlling the population.
It is relevant to remember that, despite all the security measures implemented after 9/11 all over the western world, alleged terrorists still managed to carry out terrorist acts in London, France, Turkey and many nations in Africa. In other words, the police-surveillance state that is said to be in place for our own good, is a useless piece of spying machinery.
European Ministers are the face of a new project to place an electronic tag on anyone who uses air transportation because according to the pro-surveillance crowd, Europe is facing an unprecedented crisis on several parallel flanks: the influx of refugees and the fight against terrorism being two of them.
The Ministers are using the November 13 Paris attacks to pull support for the new blacklist project.
The 28 Ministers will study the activation of one of the articles of the Schengen code, for which 26 EU countries have full freedom of movement of persons, to enable States to introduce internal border controls up to two years.
This seems reasonable because it sounds like nations will gain back some power to control their borders, however, it is just a catch to have most EU members agree on creating the blacklist.
Brussels, as part of the fight against terrorism, wants to give a more prominent role to Europol, which is the equivalent of the Interpol.
The EU aims to ensure a “solid data protection regime at Europol” according to a statement, to ensure full independence and act effectively in the member countries. In other words, the Ministers want to turn Europol into a European version of the NSA or GHCQ so that it can spy on all member-state communications.
Not surprisingly, France is the main promoter of the blacklist initiative, the mechanism by which all member-states will surrender private data from their citizens, especially on those who travel by airplane.
The new blacklist will be key in persecuting and rounding up political dissenters, especially those who are opposed to the European Union project, who will be undoubtedly labeled as terrorists or terror sympathizers for not supporting pre-crime measures such as the blacklist initiative.
According to European reports, there is little opposition to the blacklist and Ministers are now working on the details before they submit the plan for a vote. The debate is now centered on how long will personal data remain stored.
France, the main promoter, advocates a storage of 12 months, a view shared also by Spain, according to the interior minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz.
“If the Parliament calls for six months and we suggest 12, you can reach an agreement. There is virtue in negotiating”, stressed the Spanish minister.