Following on from my article last week Democracy? Just where do you think decisions are made? comes a new Statewatch article by Cian Murphy.
He writes about the EU, who recently published the latest edition of its Counter-Terrorism Action Plan and rightly describes it a somewhat long and scattered read.
That criticism is compounded by the addition of a separate “Addendum” which contains a list of the legislative instruments that have been adopted since 2004. This latter list contains a range of actions adopted under the former third pillar (Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters – now merged with the first pillar since the Lisbon Treaty) and international treaties and conventions agreed under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
Exactly, decisions made elsewhere, leaving our elected officials merely as implementers of others policies.
He goes on:
The European Arrest Warrant has been implemented and is in operation in all Member States (though it certainly had its teething problems) while the Decision on the exchange of information and cooperation concerning terrorist offences of 2005 has been implemented by little more than half of the Member States. The idea that there is a common and coherent European legislative framework in this sphere still remains more aspiration than reality.
But what we should be asking is why do we want such a framework in the first place?
It is quite a compelling article, and the key message here is that security is a business, a multi billion dollar business, legislation is being written by International and Supranational bodies, not by elected representatives, and it does not necessarily reflect our own national interest. But the most important factor is the vagueness of the legislation which we are ‘required’ to adopt.
The Plan continues to suffer from the same problem of all post-September 11 counter-terrorism action: it is unclear what objective is being pursued and why. And the justification for all action is based on evidence which makes the necessity of the action impossible to objectively assess.
So we have to consider exactly who are the targets in this EU action plan, and why?. Is it as we are led to believe by our compliant propaganda press aimed primarily at Muslim fundamentalists, or is it wide enough and vague enough to be aimed at anybody, anywhere, who dares to resist the unending power grabs and moves to global & geo-political government, which is strangling democracy and subsuming sovereign nation states.
Read Cian’s full article, the EU documents and draw your own conclusions. Then ask the question, why are we letting these layers of unelected ‘leaders’ rule our lives.