Navigation Links
Remarks Prepared for Delivery By Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey At the Ministerial Press Conference
Date:3/11/2008

BERLIN, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs:

Good afternoon. I want to thank Interior Minister Schauble and Justice Minister Zypries for their hospitality during our visit and for their dedication to maintaining the close relationship between the United States and Germany.

The cooperation between our two countries on matters related to law enforcement and counterterrorism has been substantial, and citizens of both of our countries have been safer as a result.

I am honored by the opportunity to join you today for the initialing of the bilateral agreement between Germany and the United States that permits access to biometric data and spontaneous sharing of data about known and suspected terrorists.

This is a great achievement, both for its practical benefits and for what it symbolizes. This agreement gives us important new tools to combat terrorism and to fight transnational crime.

Each of our countries will have access to the criminal fingerprint databases of the other -- in the first instance simply to determine on a yes-or-no basis if there is evidence in those databases that could be helpful in criminal investigations and prosecutions. If such evidence is located, the agreement also sets forth procedures for obtaining it through lawful processes that also ensure appropriate protection for personal data.

The agreement further provides a mechanism for sharing information about known and suspected terrorists, so we can prevent them from entering our countries and attacking on our people. But beyond the important practical value of this agreement, it symbolizes the joint resolve of Germany and the United States to fight terrorism and transnational crime.

The United States is deeply grateful that strong cooperation from our international partners has helped us reduce violent crime and prevent major terrorist attacks. The values we share with Germany and our mutual interest in protecting our citizens makes us even more determined to deepen our cooperation with Germany. We look forward to implementing this important agreement in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation.

We believe also that this agreement may serve as a model for similar bilateral instruments with the other European Union Member States in the very near future. Europe and the United States face common threats in terrorism and transnational crime. The agreements we initial today are a powerful reaffirmation that we will stand together to meet these challenges.

Terrorists who threaten our way of life see no barriers in borders between countries, neither should our efforts to stop them.

I'd like to thank Ministers Schauble and Zypries for the strong leadership they have shown on these issues, and the German people for their friendship.

Thank you.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology news :

1. e-SMART Technologies Continues Delivery of Its New Super SMART Card in South Korea
2. Researchers develop better membranes for water treatment, drug delivery
3. Carnegie Mellon researchers to develop new drug delivery system
4. Computer solution to delivery problem
5. Nanoengineers mine tiny diamonds for drug delivery
6. Jumping genes could make for safer gene delivery system
7. Carnegie Mellon scientists develop nanogels that enable controlled delivery of carbohydrate drugs
8. In nature -- and maybe the corner office -- scientists find that generalists can thrive
9. Generalist bacteria discovered in coastal waters may be more flexible than known before
10. Society for General Microbiology 161st Meeting, University of Edinburgh
11. Michael A. Betts, Seasoned Financial Services Executive, Joins CIC Board of Directors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/21/2016)... June 21, 2016 NuData Security announced today ... role of principal product architect and that ... of customer development. Both will report directly to ... The moves reflect NuData,s strategic growth in its ... high customer demand and customer focus values. ...
(Date:6/9/2016)... , June 9, 2016  Perkotek an innovation leader in attendance control systems is ... log work hours, for employers to make sure the right employees are actually signing ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160609/377486LOGO ... ... ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... 2, 2016 The Department of Transport ... the 44 million US Dollar project, for the , ... including Personalization, Enrolment, and IT Infrastructure , to ... production and implementation of Identity Management Solutions. Numerous renowned international ... Decatur was selected for the most compliant ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Parallel 6 , the ... today the Clinical Reach Virtual Patient Encounter CONSULT module which enables both ... physician and clinical trial team. , Using the CONSULT module, patients and physicians can ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... Chapel Hill, N.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 27, ... ... of U.S. commercial operations for Amgen, will join the faculty of the ... will serve as adjunct professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, with ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... BOSTON , June 27, 2016   Ginkgo ... biology to industrial engineering, was today awarded as ... a selection of the world,s most innovative companies. ... at scale for the real world in the ... organism engineers work directly with customers including Fortune ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Epic Sciences ... detects cancers susceptible to PARP inhibitors by targeting ... cells (CTCs). The new test has already been ... in multiple cancer types. Over 230 ... damage response pathways, including PARP, ATM, ATR, DNA-PK ...
Breaking Biology Technology: