Saturday 29 January 2011
Surveillance from above: satellites and drones as instruments of an European ”security policy”
The players of a new ”security architecture” of the EU fight in many areas which they have chosen themselves: on the shores of Somalia against alleged piratery, in the Mediterranean against illegalized migration and within the own frontiers against ”terrorism” and political uproar. Earth observation satellites and drones belong to the new, highly complex tools for this so-called ”crisis management” currently being developed and tested, which is boundless at the nation state as well as a global level. The recently intensified European security research, the ”civilian” one in particular, but also the militarisation of the space policy are two areas in which billions of Euros are invested. With the help of these examples we want to address some basic questions regarding the implications of the European ”security policy”.
Malte Lühmann, Volker Eick