Wednesday, February 15, 2006
WHAT?! I almost can't believe this is a true story. Let me get this straight - the German highest court ruled that it is unconstitutional to protect Germans from being killed by hijackers?
The German highest court has eviscerated its own country's ability to defend itself from psychotic terrorists. This, after the horrors of 9/11 have been made known to the world. So, the German court would have the German military sit idly by and watch hijacked planes crash into buildings, homes, hospitals and military bases?
Logic has fled the continent of Europe.
Germany Can No Longer Shoot Down Hijacked Planes:
"BERLIN, Feb. 15 -- Germany's highest court overturned a law Wednesday that authorized the government to shoot down hijacked civilian airliners, ruling that it was unconstitutional to sacrifice the lives of passengers to protect potential targets of a terrorist attack.
German lawmakers had approved the law giving the defense minister the power to open fire on hijacked planes in 2003, after a mentally disturbed pilot threatened to crash a small plane into the European Central Bank tower and other landmarks in Frankfurt. The law was challenged by opponents who argued that the constitution forbids the military from endangering the lives of German citizens or exercising domestic police powers.
Although European nations bolstered air security measures after the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings in the United States, they have struggled for years to coordinate their laws and policies when it comes to dealing with a hijacked airliner.
In some countries, like Sweden, it is forbidden to shoot down a civilian plane under any circumstances. Others rely on neighboring countries or NATO forces to patrol their skies and respond to potential terrorists. Security officials say the contradictory rules make it inherently difficult to respond to a hijacking on a continent where airplanes can cross the airspace of multiple countries in a matter of minutes."
If you don't believe me, here is the Washington Post article