DANGEROUSLY DISPROPORTIONATE THE EVER-EXPANDING NATIONAL SECURITY STATE IN EUROPE
|DANGEROUSLY DISPROPORTIONATE THE EVER-EXPANDING NATIONAL SECURITY STATE IN EUROPE|
Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent. Upholding the right to life, enabling people to live freely, to move freely, to think freely: these are essential tasks for any government. But they are not tasks that can be achieved by any means. Crucially, they are not tasks that should, or can, be achieved by riding roughshod over the very rights that governments are purporting to uphold.