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Germany To Track “Anti-Globalists” By Smell

From the odorific BBC News:

Germany adopts Stasi scent tactic

The German authorities are compiling a database of human scents to track down possible violent protesters at the G8 summit in June…

The scents are then passed to police equipped with sniffer dogs who can pick the individuals out amid a crowd.

Past G8 summits have suffered serious unrest, which Germany is keen to avoid…

The Interior Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, has defended the authorities’ decision to use scent tracking, saying it is a useful tool to identify suspects.

A spokesman for the federal prosecutor has confirmed that samples of smell were gathered from five people who were detained during recent police raids.

It is understood the suspects were made to hold metal pipes in their hands and the samples of smell were kept by police.

Investigators using sniffer dogs were able to compare the scent samples with traces left at the scene of more than a dozen arson attacks which are believed to be linked to anti-globalisation activists…

The Ministry for State Security, known as the Stasi, which acted as East Germany’s secret police and intelligence agency throughout the Cold War, used odour recognition to keep tabs on potential dissidents.

They often collected the samples surreptitiously – breaking into homes to steal suspects’ underwear, or by wiping down chairs used during interrogations.

The samples were then stored in glass jars, each carefully labelled with details of whom the sample came from… 

So it’s true.

Hippies do stink.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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