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Icelandic MP Shocked by Proposed Spying Powers

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP for the Pirate Party, has serious reservations about the recent report by the national police commissioner into the threat of terrorism in Iceland. She says the report indicates the police believe they need to spy on Icelanders, including Birgitta, who openly hold certain views.

The report into the perceived threat of terrorism in Iceland was made public a week ago. It states that there are people in Iceland with the will and the ability to carry out terrorist attacks in the country and that the police therefore need pre-emptive powers to carry out surveillance on them.

Independence Party MP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson discussed the report in parliament yesterday, saying it is unbelievable how little discussion has taken place on the topic over the last week.

Referring to an interview with criminologist Helgi Gunnlaugsson in the Morgunblaðið newspaper, Guðlaugur said: “He goes, in a very balanced and objective manner, over the issue and points to the obvious fact that it is extremely childish to assert that we cannot end up in the same situation as the nations we compare ourselves to and which are our nearest neighbors. We know this from the tragic events on Utøya and the events we saw a few weeks ago in Denmark that this can unfortunately happen.”

Birgitta Jónsdóttir responded, saying she is shocked by the report: “There are anarchists, Islamists, grassroots left and right wing political activists which are classed as possible threats to the state.” Vísir reports that she takes being perceived as a threat (as an anarchist) “very seriously.”

The report talks of a need create an information sharing forum between the police, social services and health services to discuss potentially dangerous individuals. Birgitta believes this is a threat to personal privacy and, combined with possible spying powers, would be a disproportionate rights breach in the face of the perceived terrorist threat.

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