Danish membership of NATO questioned

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Registered: 05-14-2009
Danish membership of NATO questioned
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Mon, 08-17-2009 - 4:58pm
There is a rather odd debate going on here in Denmark right now. For the first time since 1948 where Russian were stopped right before they were ready to attack Denmark, parts of our population is questioning both the war on terrorism and our NATO membership.

The reason seems to be one case where a woman is going to extradited to Florida.

The Camilla Broe case seems to fascinate the Danish citizens.

Her alleged crimes took place more than 10 years ago and all they seems to include is that she was unable to escape a violent boyfriend in a foreign culture before it was too late.

After two years in cases in several courts and without being able to see what she is charged with in Florida, she will be extradited later this month. There are claims that the extradition case was timed so Denmark got a rather important post inside NATO in return.

I don't know what to think of this case, but I can sse how it damages the relationship between our two countries.

Our local 4 of July party for Danes who immigrated to the United States has never been with fewer participants. People are openly questioning why we should be in Afghanistan and almost every of the refugees are rounded out and imprisoned so they can be sent back to Iraq because we feel that we were tricked into an agreement which sacrifices our citizens without reason after we have support the U.S. for years.

Why is the state of Florida suddenly trying to destroy a relationship between two countries, which once had a rather good relationship?

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Tue, 08-18-2009 - 9:18am

1. NATO membership for Denmark was also heavily debated in the 60s, the 70s and the 80s.

2. The prosecutor in Florida (who would be seeking the extradition) has nothing to do with the foreign policy of the US.

3. Denmark and the US have agreements about extradition.

4. There is no way that Fogh Rasmussen's appointment to be head of NATO had anything to do with this case.

5. Lastly, although not terribly important ultimately, it is highly unlikely that this woman is a US citizen. If she had taken US citizenship, she would have lost her Danish citizenship (because of Danish law).

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Tue, 08-18-2009 - 3:15pm

Then what is this case about?


Did she insult them, when she went away instead of testifying against the guy? God only knows how hard they did push her. I found a file about one of the other smugglers sentenced in the case. They threatend to put his old father in jail if he didn't testify: Supreme Court Case SC06-2168


It is for sure not about justice because whatever sentence they give her will be replaced with a Danish one once she return to Denmark. Several of the charges does not exist in Denmark and the time she has already spent in custody will deducted, so she will properly walk out of the airport in Denmark as a free woman no later than 6 months after the sentence as part of the extradition agreement.


She will only spend a lot of time in jail if she tries to get aquitted. If she pleas "No contest" she will be sent home rather quickly.


It has been a waste of money for the Danish tax-payers so far. It will be a waste of money for the tax-payers in Florida too.

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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 2:33am

When you live in a country, any country, you are under the jurisdiction of that country's legal system. If you commit a crime while there, you are liable. It does not matter at all whether your crime is considered a crime in your homeland.

I have no idea why you think there is some sinister plot here. The Florida prosecutor has a job. His job is to prosecute all crimes under his jurisdiction to the best of his ability. In this case, that includes asking to have this woman extradited. That is really all.

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Mon, 09-07-2009 - 1:11am

She was extradited in the end. Just remove focus from the case the government deported 22 refugees to Iraq. Some had lived here decades. This strategy worked because a larger group of protesters insulted the majority of the population who are tired of such moochers, so the media is occupied by this case instead while she is tortured in Florida.


Because she has no money for the trial she will properly take a "no-contest" to the made up charges, so she can return as fast as possible to Denmark where she will be given a sentence if the plea will be accepted by Danish courts at all. Any sentence given by the court in Florida will be annulled as part of the extradition agreement and a new and fair sentence will be given if any of the acts will be deemed criminal in Denmark too.


It is very clear that the entire trial is a waste for the tax-payers as the sentence the court will give her will be ignored as soon she is back in Denmark. The only one who benefits is the marketing division of DEA who made this press-releasse.

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Tue, 04-20-2010 - 4:32pm

In the end she was cleared of all charges before the trial could be started. She did however spend a half year in federal jail before the error was cleared.

Now the authorities blaim each other regarding who should give her compesation for wrongful arrest. The Danish police stated that they acted on U.S. orders and the U.S. state that the Danes should have checked the charges before they extradited her.

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