It is a measure of last resort --
shooting down hijacked aircraft. But the lower house of the German
Parliament has decided it's a plan that should be put in
The measure doesn't require approval from the upper house of the
Parliament in Berlin. It marks the first time that lethal force has
been authorized in dealing with 9/11-style attacks in Germany.
Debate over the measure has been raging in Germany since
January, 2003, when a mentally disturbed man stole a motorized
glider and circled Frankfurt, threatening to dive the aircraft into
the local offices of the EU Central Bank.