“Passenger Privacy” Trumps Citizens’ Safety? Cut The Cr*p, MEPs!

Maybe it’s just watching all these CIS/Law and Order tv crime series on my lazy days that has made me alert to stupid rules that handcuff honest policing.




One assumes the producers don’t make it up as they go along.

But can it be true that schools and colleges can refuse to cooperate with a murder hunt by withholding what’s on a delinquent’s file?

And that juvenile court authorities are banned from handing over information to cops on law-breakers?

And that the same goes for doctors and hospitals?


Of course private records should not be given to any Tom, Dick or Harry, but if a crime is being investigated, legitimate investigations should not be hampered by ‘privacy’ rules.

No wonder there’s so much crime in the USA, if dumbo laws conspire to hinder proper law enforcement!


Which brings me to EUObserver, and their report this week on the steps taken to fight jihadist terror.

It says that interior ministers have called for more border checks to fight terrorism in the wake of recent attacks in France and Belgium.

  • Common sense. And were there no EUSSR, that would already be happening.  But the EUSSR does not readily permit common sense to intrude on its supranational prerogatives.

But that’s not what I want to rail about today.


Brussels Commissar Dimitris Avramopoulos was evasive on a call for the establishment of a European passenger name record (PNR) system like the one used in the US – where personal data would be collected and stored for each person who flies in and out of Europe.

So why was he evasive?

What’s so secret about passenger information? I’ve no idea but the project has been blocked by the European Parliament over data privacy concerns.   https://euobserver.com/justice/127429

What’s their beef?


If I fly, I’ll feel safer knowing that the IDs of other plane-users have been checked, or at least are open to inspection, by anti-terrorist security. But Avramopoulos said the parliament had issues.

Big deal.

Time ministers and governments started putting their fellow-citizens first, and skipped any defeatist nonsense about how a compromise must be reached. That’s what Germany’s Interior Minister had to say. Sad to say.

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  • Stuff ‘compromise‘ on an issue literally of life-and-death importance to millions of air travellers. This demonstrates that inter-governmental cooperation is a better bet than EurocRat supranationalism.

Better to say ‘drop dead’ to the dolts in in their portable talking-shop!