Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bomb Blasts Pave Way for Surveillance as Swedes React to Terror

Sweden’s brush with terror after a suicide bomber on Dec. 11 detonated himself before executing a planned strike in central Stockholm has eroded lawmaker resistance to pushing through tougher surveillance laws.

The opposition Social Democrats will no longer block a government proposal to let the Swedish Security Service use information from the National Defense Radio Establishment, said Morgan Johansson, chairman of parliament’s justice committee. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, which entered parliament for the first time in September elections, want lawmakers to address “violent Islamist extremism” in an extraordinary session, party spokesman Martin Kinnunen said.

“Routines will be sharpened and that’s something we will all have to accept,” said Bo Huldt, a professor in security policy at the Stockholm-based National Defense College, in a Dec. 13 interview. “It may mean restrictions for us all regarding where we can move around, how many people can attend meetings or gatherings and more police presence at meetings".'


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