I can’t remain silent about what is going on in Europe (because it’s not just in Belgium) when it comes to “security”. Here’s an unsuspected (hah!) source about the subject:
Most of the men who carried out the Paris attacks were already on the radar of intelligence officials in France and Belgium, where several of the attackers lived only hundreds of yards from the main police station, in a neighborhood known as a haven for extremists. As one French counterterrorism expert and former defense official said, this shows that “our intelligence is actually pretty good, but our ability to act on it is limited by the sheer numbers.” In other words, the problem in this case was not a lack of data, but a failure to act on information authorities already had.
There is no dispute that they and law enforcement agencies should have the necessary powers to detect and stop attacks before they happen. But that does not mean unquestioning acceptance of ineffective and very likely unconstitutional tactics that reduce civil liberties without making the public safer.
We have had soldiers “guarding” several locations in Antwerp since many months. France has declared a state of emergency for three months. Brussels has so many soldiers and police officers on the streets that TV footage of the city could also be used to illustrate a “coup d’état“… The strain on our civil liberties, guaranteed by the Constitution, is increasing, and that is a dangerous evolution.
PS. I wouldn’t call Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (in Brussels) a “haven for extremists”, though. That would make it seem as if there are no possible “terrorists” in other cities and boroughs of our country… and we have already found extremist “concentrations” in Antwerp, in Vilvoorde, in Verviers. What’s worse: community workers in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek have warned politicians decades ago of what could happen if nothing was done about the poverty, the discrimination, lack of urban development, etc. in Molenbeek. If you want to stress the point that our current politicians only “react” to what has already happened, rather than “act for the future”, then you can use this as another proof, along with Belgium’s dismal attitude on climate change.