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Hijacked planes can be shot down in 2 more nations
    #3630490 - 01/15/05 11:41 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Hijacked planes can be shot down in 2 more nations

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press
January 14, 2005 HIJA0114

WARSAW, POLAND -- A law took effect Thursday giving Polish authorities the power to order hijacked civilian or military airliners shot down.

German President Horst Koehler signed a similar measure into law Wednesday but urged a Supreme Court review because Germany's constitution bars the government from killing its citizens even if it saves the lives of others.

Despite Koehler's misgivings, German Defense Minister Peter Struck said Thursday that he is convinced the law would be deemed constitutional. "I would now give the order to shoot," he said.

Three of the four Sept. 11 suicide hijackers lived and studied in Germany before attacking the United States, and German fears of a similar attack were heightened when a man stole a small plane in January 2003 and circled Frankfurt's financial district, at one point threatening to crash into the European Central Bank. He eventually landed without causing harm.

The Polish law allows the defense minister or air force chief to order the downing of any aircraft whose hijackers refuse to land.

"This is certainly one of the hardest decisions which would have to be taken if such an event took place," Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski said.

The law was introduced to meet "threats in the current world following the September 11 tragedy," said Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Leszek Laszczak.

As a leading U.S. ally in the Iraq war, Poland has been threatened by extremist Islamic groups with revenge attacks on its soil. Another possible danger could come from Chechen separatists hijacking Russian airliners, many of which pass over Poland and Germany.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. Defense Department said two air force generals had been authorized to order the downing of civilian airliners appearing to threaten U.S. cities.

Other countries

Besides Poland and Germany, several other European countries allow the shooting down of hijacked airplanes, including Hungary and the Czech Republic, while Italy has less formal guidelines allowing the action.

Some countries have allowed it only for security-sensitive events, such as Spain and Greece, which made an exception for the Olympic Games.

Because of the many international conferences held in Switzerland, the defense minister there was given blanket authority to order the shooting down of any airliners in unauthorized air space if necessary.

In Britain, a spokesman for the Department of Transport said the government doesn't comment on operational matter related to security. But it is widely believed that Britain would shoot down a hijacked airliner if necessary, said Chris Yates, a specialist in aviation security at Jane's Airport Review.


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Re: Hijacked planes can be shot down in 2 more nations [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3630734 - 01/15/05 01:16 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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    #3633851 - 01/16/05 02:40 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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    #3638133 - 01/17/05 11:04 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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