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Statewatch News Online,  No 1: 31 December 2009

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1.   EU: LIQUIDS BAN: Very useful summary from ALDE group
2.   EUROPOL: Analysis Work Files: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
3.   EU-USA: SWIFT AGREEMENT
4.   EU: Future FRONTEX surveillance systems
5.   EU-IRAQ: Damning assessment of freedom and rights in Iraq
6.   EU: CUSTOMS INFORMATION SYSTEM
7.   NORTHERN IRELAND: Childhood in Transition Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict
8.   IRELAND: Irish Council for Civil Liberties: Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009
9.   Italy: Petty offence, lethal punishment – Shocking death in custody in Rome
10. EU-USA: Agreement on extradition between the European Union and the USA
11. UK: CIA RENDITION: Proposals to outlaw extraordinary rendition in the UK drawn up
12. EU: LISBON TREATY
13. CIA-ITALY: Rendition trial ends with Milan CIA chief given eight years
14. No Justice for Canadian Rendition Victim Maher Arar

1. EU: LIQUIDS BAN: Very useful summary from ALDE group shadow rapporteur: Introduction of liquids onboard of aircrafts State of play:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/eu-liquids-ban-state-of-play-alde.pdf

The European Parliament's powers on this issue also come under regulatory procedure with scrutiny (RPS).

The proposal from the Commission envisages three steps: – from 2010 allow liquids of transit passengers – by 2012 big airports have to screen liquids with available technology – by 2014 all airports with available technology. See: Commission: Information paper: Ban on liquids onboard aircraft and possible next steps (pdf)

2. EUROPOL: Analysis Work Files: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the association of Third Parties to Europol’s AWFs:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/europol-awfs-third-parties.pdf

3. EU-USA: SWIFT AGREEMENT: Draft Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the EU, of an Agreement between the EU and the USA on the processing and transfer of Financial Messaging Data from the EU to the US for the purposes of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (”SWIFT” Agreement):
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/eu-usa-draft-swift-agrement.pdf

and see: EU stalls bank data deal with US ahead of Lisbon Treaty (euobserver, link):
euobserver.com/9/28984?print=1

4. EU: Future FRONTEX surveillance systems: FRONTEX R&D Unit: Automated Border Control Systems: State of the Art in Europe (link):
go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=neoconopticon.wordpress
.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontex.europa.eu%2Fdownload
%2FZ2Z4L2Zyb250ZXgvZW4vZGVmYXVsdF9vcGlzeS82Mi8zLzE%2
Fabc_monica_gariup.pdf

FRONTEX’s role in policing the EU’s external borders and the open seas beyond is well known. What people seem much less aware of is that FRONTEX also has a significant internal policing mandate and will, if all goes according to current plans, soon preside over one of the world’s most extensive surveillance systems. This will be achieved through these interlinking of several existing EU databases and police communications systems and the creation of two new overarching surveillance frameworks (EUROSUR and EU entry-exit). See also: NeoConOpticon – The EU Security-Industrial Complex pp: 33-41:
www.statewatch.org/analyses/neoconopticon-report.pdf

5. EU-IRAQ: Damning assessment of freedom and rights in Iraq: Council of the European Union press release: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU concerning the human rights situation in Iraq:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/eu-iraq-human-rights.pdf

6. EU: CUSTOMS INFORMATION SYSTEM: European Parliament report on: Report on the initiative of the French Republic with a view to adopting a Council decision on the use of information technology for customs purposes:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/
ep-customs-and-information-technology.pdf

     “While the rapporteur understands the Member States' desire to construct an effective system for combating all forms of illegal trade he finds it regrettable that such measures should be decided in a hurry by the Member States prior to ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. This gives the impression that the Council of the European Union is consciously seeking to take key decisions before the European Parliament is in a position to be involved by codecision.” (p46)

7. NORTHERN IRELAND: Childhood in Transition Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict in Northern Ireland by Siobhán McAlister, Phil Scraton and Deena Haydon:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/ni-children-in-transition.pdf

8. IRELAND: Irish Council for Civil Liberties: Submission on the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/ireland-iccl-
submission-on-retention-of-data-bill-2009.pdf

9. Italy: Petty offence, lethal punishment – Shocking death in custody in Rome
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/02italy-death.htm

10. EU-USA: Council Decision on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union of the Agreement on extradition between the European Union and the United States of America and the Agreement on mutual legal assistance between the European Union and the United States of America (Official Journal):
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/eu-usa-
extradition-mutual-cooperation-agreements-2.pdf

See: Full text of the agreements: www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/useu09153-2.pdf

11. UK: CIA RENDITION: Proposals to outlaw extraordinary rendition in the UK drawn up – All party parliamentary group recommends criminalising the use of British facilities for extraordinary rendition flights (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/05/rendition-outlaw-uk-law/print

See the full report: Closing the Gap:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/uk-apg
-extraordinary-rendition-closing-the-gap.pdf

12. EU: LISBON TREATY: Full-text of the Lisbon Treaty
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/lisbon-treaty.pdf

and justice and home affairs section: Title V (Articles 67- 89):
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/lisbon-treaty-jha.pdf

Analyses by Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex:

– Statewatch Analysis: The “Third Pillar acquis” after the Treaty of Lisbon enters into force (pdf)
www.statewatch.org/analyses/86-third-pillar-acquis-post-lisbon.pdf

– Statewatch Analysis: EU Lisbon Treaty Analysis no. 4: British and Irish opt-outs from EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) law
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/
statewatch-analysis-lisbon-opt-outs-nov-2009.pdf

– Analysis: Can the Treaty of Lisbon be denounced after it enters into force?
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/analysis-lisbon-3-nov-2009.pdf

See also: Preparatory work in view of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon (EU doc no: 14928/09:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/eu-
council-lisbon-preparatory-work-14928-09.pdf

Presidency report to the European Council on the European External Action Service:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/
eu-council-lisbon-eeas-14930-09.pdf

Proposed Council working groups:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/sep/eu-jha-working-structures.pdf

Preliminary draft amendments to the Council's Rules of Procedure:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/sep/eu-council-proposed-rules-of-procedure.pdf

and: EU: COSI – Standing Committee on Internal Security rescued from the debris of the EU Constitution plus: Standing Committee on Internal Security:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/sep/08eu-cosi.htm

Presidency note on the state of work on the draft Council Decision on setting up the Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security (COSI):
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/oct/eu-council-cosi.pdf

and Analysis: Cementing the European state: – new emphasis on internal security and operational cooperation at EU level:
www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-66-lisbon-european-state.pdf

For full background analyses and documentation see Statewatch's Observatory on the Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty:
www.statewatch.org/euconstitution.htm

13. CIA-ITALY: Rendition trial ends with Milan CIA chief given eight years (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/
04/cia-guilty-rendition-abu-omar/print

Italian court convicts Robert Lady and 23 others in absentia – First prosecution for US abduction of suspects to torture states and EXCLUSIVE: Convicted CIA Spy Says “We Broke the Law” (ABC News, link):
abcnews.go.com/Blotter/exclusive-convicted
-cia-spy-broke-law/story?id=8995107

14. No Justice for Canadian Rendition Victim Maher Arar: Court Refuses to Hold US Officials Accountable for Complicity in Torture Abroad (link)
www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/11/02-8

See Statewatch's Observatory: The use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners:
www.statewatch.org/rendition/rendition.html

and Documents: www.statewatch.org/cia/documents.htm

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