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Deportation of Foreign Terror Suspects Problematic

High- ranking officials of Germany's Authority for the Protection of the Constitution said this week that the country should be able to deport foreigners suspected of terrorism more easily. President of the Bavarian constitution protection authority, Bavarian Günter Gold told daily Financial Times Deutschland that the barriers to deportation were too high despite "a high terror risk" and needed to be eased. Vice president of the Hamburg constitution protection authority, Manfred Murck also criticized existing legislation. "If we don't catch them (terror suspects) with a bomb in their hands, then nothing happens," he said. "It's well possible that at some point there'll be an attack and we'll know the perpetrators. But we couldn't stop them," Murck said. He added that for years the German government and the opposition had negotiated over the deportation of dangerous Muslim extremists without success. "We can only look at how these people (extremists) happily carry on and swell their numbers. But there's hardly a proper legal instrument to put an end to this." According to a report, the constitution protection authorities currently have their sights on around 200 Muslims in Germany with links to terrorist networks and an additional 2,000 Islamic extremists prepared to use violence.