Status: 11.09.2021 8:14 a.m.
According to the interior minister, security authorities have thwarted more than 20 attacks in the past 20 years. Nevertheless, the threat of terrorism persists, according to Seehofer. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution considers around 2,000 Islamists to be particularly dangerous.
According to Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the German security authorities have been able to thwart numerous terrorist attacks since 2000. “Our authorities have prevented 23 terrorist attacks since 2000,” Seehofer told the newspapers of the Funke media group on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the USA.
At the same time, the Minister of the Interior emphasized that there was still a risk of attacks in Germany. “We prevented terrorist attacks, but the risk of an attack still exists today.” Seehofer therefore again demanded that the protection of the Constitution allow “online searches”. “In the fight against terrorism, we always have to adapt to new threats or to technical progress.”
He regretted that it had unfortunately “not been possible to enforce all the necessary powers” during this legislative period. “I hope that the next government will continue to work on what we have started,” said the CSU politician.
In June, the grand coalition brought an amendment to the constitutional protection law through the Bundestag, 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 intended 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.
“Trust them in terror and attacks”
According to a report by the “Tagesspiegel”, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) considers around 2,000 Islamists in Germany to be particularly dangerous. “Those are all that we, as the intelligence service, trust to potentially carry out terrorism and even attacks,” BfV President Thomas Haldenwang told the newspaper.
The number is higher than that of the Islamists, who are classified by the police as a threat, since the constitution protection can classify dangerous persons “even before a possible criminal liability as a risk”. At the request of the “Tagesspiegel”, the Federal Criminal Police Office spoke of currently 551 Islamist threats and 536 “relevant people”, who are potential supporters of terrorists.