The tensions at the Polish-Belarusian border caused by the migration crisis provoked by the Alyaksandr Lukashenka regime have highlighted the role that the Frontex agency might play. Voices from Polish opposition groups and some representatives of the European Union, including Ylva Johansson, the commissioner for home affairs, called for Frontex’s involvement in the protection of the Polish border. However, this is not a viable option, due to several reasons which are presented in this commentary.Read More o A. Gruszczak - Frontex and the Polish cause
From the very first appearance, the Pegasus spyware has been identified as a tool aimed at journalists and social activists. Despite the passage of time, Pegasus still found ways to overcome newer technological security measures. However, legal regulations did not keep up with its development, often allowing for its free use by intelligence services and law enforcement agencies.Read More o J. Stelmach - The Pegasus spyware in Poland and worldwide
Each year the Polish Ministry of Justice and the Public Prosecutor General, as well as telecommunication and software companies, publish information concerning surveillance in Poland in the previous year. It is worth taking a closer look at statistics on obtaining user data, wiretapping, and correspondence control, to evaluate and illustrate forms, scale and trends of surveillance. As always with the classified activities carried out by the security apparatus, the information is scarce and often vague, and each incomplete answer is usually followed by a series of further questions and doubts.Read More o A. Nyzio - Surveillance in Poland A.D. 2020
B. Kosowski - The legitimacy of imposition of a state of emergency in Poland in response to the crisis situation at the border with Belarus
The commentary refers to the legitimacy of imposing a state of emergency in Poland in response to the crisis situation at the state border with Belarus, in the context of legal regulations relating to states of emergency in Poland. The author presents an opinion that for formal reasons it would be more justified to introduce martial law instead of a state of emergency.Read More o B. Kosowski - The legitimacy of imposition of a state of emergency in Poland in response to the crisis situation at the border with Belarus
The lament over the fall of Kabul and the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan is heard all over the West and echoes elsewhere in the world. Indeed, this historic event terrifies the governments and societies of Western powers and the countries of the South Asian region. The memory of the previous Taliban rule (1996-2001), cultivated to justify the NATO intervention and the West's twenty years of tutelage over the Afghan government, abounds in examples of barbarism, cruelty and human rights violations. It brings a direct association with the activities of the Islamic State and other extremist Islamic armed groups. Dramatic scenes of the escape of representatives of Western countries and their closest associates, a besieged airport in Kabul and reports from areas recently occupied by the Taliban have completed the picture of the defeat suffered by the Western coalition in Afghanistan. The future of "Chaosistan" - to use Gen. McChrystall's phrasing - is expressed in the famous saying attributed to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar: "Americans have the watches. We have the time.”Read More o A. Gruszczak - The defeat of the West and the future of "Chaosistan"