Alibi reactions

In tonight’s radio news I heard that because of the Paris terror attacks (and the Brussels attempt) members of the European Parliament are now more willing than before to agree to the Passenger Name Record sharing.

This is of course a mere alibi reaction: the Paris perpetrators did not fly in from somewhere undetected for lack of PNR sharing, and even their past flights to Yemen where they consulted with Al Qaeda were known to the authorities. After they came to the attention of the authorities they simply lay low long enough for police interest to wane, and once they realised that they were no longer under suveillance, the attacked.

WHAT EXACTLY WOULD THE AVAILABILITY OF PNR SHARING HAVE CHANGED IN THIS SCENARIO? EXACTLY NOTHING.

The same is true of the Brussels would-be terrorists.

Thus: neither PNR sharing, nor Telecom Data Retention, nor the closing of the Schengen borders would have any preventive effect on the Paris terror attacks.

Dear politicians, are you taking us for fools?

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