SSince the year 2000, the security authorities in Germany have prevented almost two dozen terrorist attacks, according to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer. “Our authorities have prevented 23 terrorist attacks since 2000,” said the CSU politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group on Saturday. He didn’t give any details.
“We prevented terrorist attacks, but the risk of an attack still exists today,” said Seehofer on the background of the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the USA this Saturday. He again demanded that the protection of the Constitution allow “online searches”. “In the fight against terrorism, we have to constantly adapt to new threats or to technical progress.” “I hope that the next government will continue to work on what we started.”
Due to pressure from the SPD passage deleted
The black-red coalition brought an amendment to the constitutional protection law through the Bundestag in June, which gave the domestic secret service more rights to access telecommunications. The reform was very controversial in the coalition. Under pressure from the SPD, a passage originally planned in a draft that would have allowed “online searches” was deleted. This means covert access to computers, smartphones and other IT devices, the data of which can then be read out.
On September 11, 2001, Islamist terrorists piloted three hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. Another hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania. Around 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.