Europe-US terror treaty plan raises rights fears

PT       2002-09-03 
European Union governments are secretly drawing up a treaty with the US on issues ranging from extradition to undercover police operations in a move which has huge implications for individual rights and liberties.
Shortly after the September 11 attacks on the US last year, the EU suggested negotiating an agreement with Washington on joint measures to combat terrorism.
The US replied that the agreement should go far beyond the fight against terrorism and cover what it called general "criminal matters".
Documents leaked to Statewatch, an independent group monitoring threats to civil liberties in the EU, show that the planned treaty will include joint police operations, intercepting communications and the search and seizure of bank accounts.