KW 30: Libya conflict continues to worsen, Riots in Frankfurt am Main, UK suspends extradition agreement with Hong Kong

GREETINGS

Where is the passion?

First the Stuttgart riots, now Frankfurt am Main: Over the weekend, more than 500 violent criminals rioted in Frankfurt am Main and attacked police officers with bottles. Why? Because the emergency services wanted to give first aid to a bleeding man. The interior minister and mayor have dutifully announced that such events are unacceptable and that, of course, there will be consequences. But is that all? I am missing the general public’s solidarity with the authorities and rule of law.

Those who deprive us of the freedom to move freely through our towns in the evening, who try to keep help from the injured, are an enemy of our civilized society. It sounds drastic, but what happened in Stuttgart and Frankfurt is drastic. I worry about the lack of solidarity in the face of such attacks on our community. Defending our basic rights and physical integrity could be worth a little more passion.

Warm greetings from
Christian Hübenthal
– Editor Defensio Briefing –

NEWS

Libya conflict continues to worsen: Egypt’s parliament on Monday authorized the deployment of troops abroad after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi threatened military intervention against Turkish-backed forces in Libya. The move could bring Egypt and Turkey, who support opposite sides in the Libya’s chaotic proxy war, into direct confrontation. Egypt’s House of Representatives, which is filled with al-Sisi supporters, said after a closed-door session that armed forces could be deployed outside the country to fight criminal militias and foreign terrorist groups on a western front, but did name Libya directly. It said the troops would be defending Egypt’s national security. Meanwhile, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Saturday threatened for the first time to use sanctions against countries that continued to violate a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.
dw.com, reuters.com

Riots in Frankfurt am Main: Almost 40 people were arrested in the heart of Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt after violence broke out during a massive outdoor party near the German city’s concert hall, police said on Sunday. The square has become an open-air party zone in recent weeks, with thousands of people gathering, usually peacefully, to celebrate every weekend. Around 1 a.m. local time, the mood started to change and became aggressive, and around 3 a.m., a fight broke out near a fountain at the square, Frankfurt Police Chief Gerhard Bereswill told reporters. One of the partygoers had fallen on the ground and was continuing to lie there, prompting police to become involved, he added. Several revelers then turned on the officers and started throwing bottles at them. Five officers were injured, and 39 people were arrested, eight of whom were still in custody as of Sunday morning.
dw.com

UK suspends extradition agreement with Hong Kong: Because of the new security law adopted by Beijing, Great Britain is suspending the extradition agreement with Hong Kong. The government no longer considers the independence of the Special Administrative Region to be guaranteed by the new law. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab announced on Monday that there is concern about possible human rights violations, especially in connection with the Uighur minority. London also wanted to extend its arms embargo to Hong Kong. Raab emphasized that this decision did not mean, however, that they were against China – they wanted to find an appropriate balance in the political relationship.
bbc.com, dw.com

German authorities read WhatsApp messages – even without state trojans: So far, it was said that encrypted chats – for example via the short message service WhatsApp – can only be monitored using state spy software, so-called state trojans. Research by the West German and Bavarian Radio has now shown that the Federal Criminal Police Office has been able to read WhatsApp messages for a long time – without having to install any complex software on the target person’s device. The browser function of the chat program enables investigators to track messages in real time. The WhatsApp contacts of a target person can also be accessed in this way. BKA officials only need to have brief access to the suspect’s cell phone. The possibility of such surveillance was made public by documents from the preliminary investigation by the Attorney General against Magomed-Ali C., a friend of the Breitscheidplatz assassin Anis Amri. According to the BKA, such measures are legally possible within the framework of regular telecommunications surveillance with a judicial order, even though security circles say that so far, this method has not been used very often. In the debate about the introduction of a state trojan, security agencies have been insisting for years that investigators must be able to monitor intelligence services. It was only in the summer of 2017 that the Code of Criminal Procedure was reformed to make it possible to use state spy software to monitor suspects.
tagesschau.de

US election: Democrats seek path for Biden to close Guantanamo Bay al-monitor.com
Iran: Iran has executed an alleged CIA and Mossad agent who it says helped spy on Qassem Soleimani before his assassination businessinsider.com
Safe Harbor: European Court of Justice invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield state.gov
Defense policy: German defense minister advocates new orientation mark for Nato participation rnd.de
German military: Expression of tradition: Solemn pledge on July 20th bundeswehr.de
Kadyrov: US sanctions Chechen leader for major human rights violations cnn.com

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

Germany has been systematically violating arms export rules for 30 years, according to a study commissioned by Greenpeace.
dw.com

BACKGROUND

Germany’s Constitutional Court declares inventory data unconstitutional: Germany’s top court on Friday ruled that police and intelligence officials have excessive access to personal data on mobile phone and internet users, a decision that will have far-reaching consequences in the fight against crime. The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled that several regulations that allowed access to so-called inventory data, which includes internet and mobile users’ names and birth dates, were unconstitutional. The court said that while accessing such data is generally permissible under German constitutional law, transmission and retrieval regulations must sufficiently limit the purposes for which the data is used.
dw.com

The double life of Jan Marsalek: More and more bizarre things are coming to light in connection with the Wirecard accounting scandal. It looks as though former Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek has been leading a double life. The former Wirecard board member is currently on the run. There was much speculation about his possible whereabouts over the weekend. While he first faked entry into the Philippines, according to data from the Russian entry and exit register, it is now likely that he is in Moscow. Marsalek liked to show off his contacts to Russia and the Russian military. “Financial Times” research shows why Marsalek is now one of the most wanted men in Europe: not just his involvement in the Wirecard scandal, but also his good relationships with foreign secret services and the military. Marsalek claims to have visited Syria’s Palmyra in 2016 at the invitation of the Russian military. He was also strongly interested in securing the Libyan border and was planning, for example, the deployment of a “border police”, consisting of 15,000 former Libyan militias. He is also said to have had close ties to the Austrian right-wing foreign party FPÖ: According to insiders, he allegedly passed on secret information from the Austrian Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the interior ministry to the party via a middleman. “Financial Times” contacted Marsalek’s lawyer with a questionnaire, but the lawyer did not want to comment on the allegations.
ft.com, spiegel.de

QUOTE

“Without gender equality and without human rights, lasting peace and long-term reconciliation remain unattainable.”
During a video conference of the UN Security Council, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for a more committed approach to fight sexual violence in war and conflicts.
zeit.de

SECURE?

German military orders 142 counter-explosion tanks: Germany’s military has ordered 142 Puma tanks from Dynamit Nobel Defense. In the event of an attack, the reactive armor protects the crew through a counter-explosion. Plates on the outside of these tanks are filled with a special explosive and only detonate in the event of a bombardment.
welt.de

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