Anti-terrorism: what is in the bill that will be presented on Wednesday?

The essentials The text was “in the pipes” before the attack on Rambouillet, but it comes at the right time for the government: Gérald Darmanin will present a bill to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday that will include measures that have already been tested in relation to secret services and anti-anti-measures confirms and reinforces terrorism.

The coincidence is “very sad”, but “the last arbitration went along with the attack [de Rambouillet]”On Friday afternoon, a ministerial advisor told AFP.

The inclusion in the agenda of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday had been recorded “for several days,” assured a source close to the executive, who dismissed suspicions of a speeding up of the calendar after the tragedy in Yvelines.

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On Friday 23 April, a 49-year-old administrative agent from Jamel G. was fatally stabbed in the airlock at Rambouillet Police Station, where she had worked for almost thirty years.

Maintaining an arsenal of pre-existing provisions

This bill, passed by the Home Secretary, is largely just maintaining an arsenal of pre-existing regulations, but the executive wanted to engrave in legislative marble.

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With 19 articles, above all the measures tested within the framework of the law on internal security and the fight against terrorism (Silt), which were implemented in October 2017 to end the after. The state of emergency decided to be given a “permanent character” in 2015 attacks, we told the Interior Ministry.

Facilitating the use of home visits

The “home visits”, formerly known as “administrative searches”, enable the police services, with the approval of a judge, to enter the accommodation of a person suspected of constituting a terrorist threat.

Until then, this threat had to be “particularly serious” in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Strengthening Internal Security and Combating Terrorism (Silt) of October 2017.

The bill proposes authorizing these “major threats” visits, a more nuanced wording to facilitate the application of this measure.

Extension of surveillance after release from prison

“We have a little less than 500 people currently sentenced to prison terms for terrorist acts,” “100” released from prison in 2020 and “around 60 in 2021,” according to national intelligence coordinator Laurent Nuñez.

The draft law provides for the maximum duration of surveillance measures for people convicted of terrorism to be increased to “two years” – compared to the current one – for repeated offenses with a penalty of at least five years or three years.

This provision is in response to the Constitutional Council censoring a proposed LREM law in August 2020 to establish “security measures” for these terrorists at the end of their sentences.

Nearby rooms depending on places of worship

In addition to the administrative closure of places of worship that are alleged to have been linked to acts of terrorism, such as the Pantin Mosque after the beheading of Samuel Paty, the bill offers the possibility of closing premises dependent on these places of worship.

This “to prevent these places from being used by associations that administer the place of worship in order to prevent it from being closed,” explains the Ministry of the Interior.

Strengthen the security area

The draft law proposes that a person who is under administrative supervision and who is required to be in a certain geographical area should be prohibited from appearing in a place within that area “where an event, due to its size or nature, poses a certain terrorist risk is exposed”. , reports Place Beauvau.

Keep up the controversial technique of the algorithm

The text suggests continuing the controversial technique of the algorithm, experimentally introduced in the 2015 Secret Service Act, which enables the automated processing of connection data to detect threats.

Laurent Nuñez, former head of the Directorate-General for Internal Security (DGSI), stressed on Saturday “the importance of this technology for increasingly isolated people whose only traces are digital traces,” according to the author of the Rambouillet terrorist attack.

Facilitating the collection of personal data

The text extends the possibility of receiving support from operators of electronic communications and extends the authorization period for computer data acquisition technology to two months.

It also authorizes the retention of information for research purposes and facilitates the interception of correspondence exchanged via satellite.

“The government plans to complete these provisions in the coming days,” said the Interior Ministry, in order to bring them into line with the State Council’s decision of April 21 that the retention of data for purposes other than those of the State was considered “illegal” national security “, excluding everyday crime.

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