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Times of India NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday asserted in the Supreme Court that the decision to link Aadhaar with PAN was made to weed out fake PAN cards+ which were used for terror financing and circulation of black money. Terming the concerns over privacy as "bogus", the government reiterated that the idea behind bringing Aadhaar was to have a "secure and robust system" to ensure that the identity of a person cannot be faked. "Today, you have black money which is being used in drug financing and terror financing. So it was decided to bring in a more robust system by which identity of a person cannot be faked," attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan. The top law officer, who was opposing the challenge to making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN card+ , said that out of 29 crore permanent account...
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Move could finally end rivalry between Israel Police and IDF's elite commando units over who should lead hostage rescue and counterterrorism operations, particularly in Judea and Samaria Public security minister: Israeli unit is the best in the world.by Itsik Saban - IsraelHayom.comThe Israel Police Counterterrorism Unit may soon be recognized as the nation's go-to unit for hostage rescue and counterterrorism operations, as well as for other forms of raids that require taking over a civilian facility.Sources familiar with the issue told Israel Hayom on Tuesday that a final decision on designating the "national unit" for such contingencies is pending a review by the National Security Council.Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has already said he is generally in favor of the move, telling his associates that the unit is a source of national pride.The police counterterrorism unit, known by the Hebrew acronym Yamam, was formed in 1974. Since its inception, it has...

We need a champion of counter-terrorism heading FBI

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by Daniel Horowitz - Conservative Review As the Trump administration looks for a new FBI director, the entire political world will be focused on the potential nominee’s relationship to the Russia scandal or Hillary’s email scandal. But there is more to life than Russia or even Hillary Clinton. The most consequential crisis facing this country is the growing homeland security problem, with some Islamic communities cultivating a climate of home-grown terror similar to what is happening in Europe. The FBI director serves as the lead government official in combatting terrorism here at home. We need a champion to counter Islamic terror on our shores, something we lacked in James Comey, despite his much-vaunted reputation.In many respects, James Comey was the John Roberts of law enforcement. He was a tortured soul who seemed to intuitively understand the truth, but in his calculating desire to be “above politics,” he wound up twisting...
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Evening Standard by Francesca Gillett The Government’s counter-terror policing unit is warning political parties to “remain vigilant” about the threat of a terror attack in the run up to the General Election.Would-be MPs have been warned by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (Nactso), who said the threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.Terror groups such as Islamic State continue to plan attacks in the UK, with "symbols of state and crowded places" potential targets, Nactso said."As the General Election approaches, it is important that individuals and organisations consider their protective security provisions, they remain vigilant and report suspicious behaviour and items to police at the earliest opportunity," Nactso said in an update on its website. The UK threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Terrorist groups and individuals continue to encourage individuals to plan and mount attacks in the UK, particularly...
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DW by Matt Zuvela According to a report in the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" newspaper published on Thursday, the number of people in Germany considered by authorities to be at risk of becoming Islamist terrorists is on the rise. Citing numbers from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the paper reported that there are currently 657 people believed to be capable of carrying out a terror attack. According to the BKA, this number has quadrupled since the start of the war in Syria. Many regarded as potential threats are being monitored by police, and around 100 are currently in jail. In addition, there are 388 "relevant persons" who could be considered at risk of lending assistance to perpetrators of terrorist acts. Part of the reason for the dramatic rise in the number of potential terrorist in Germany is a change in how such evaluations are made , the newspaper said. Following...

Indonesia to disband hard-line Islamic group Hizbut

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ABC News By Niniek Karmini and Ali Kotarumalos, associated pressJAKARTA, Indonesia The top Indonesian security minister said Monday the country's president has ordered the dissolution of a hard-line Islamic group that seeks a global caliphate for Muslim nations and was behind massive blasphemy protests in Jakarta. Wiranto, who goes by one name, announced the action against Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia at a brief news conference and said it was ordered by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Wiranto, who is the coordinating minister for politics, law and security, said the "activities of HTI are strongly indicated to be running against Pancasila (Indonesia's pluralistic state ideology) and the constitution." The move comes after Jokowi's government was shaken by massive protests in the past six months by conservative Muslim groups against the minority Christian governor of Jakarta, who is accused of blaspheming the Quran. Wiranto said HTI's activities "have clearly caused conflict in society" and...
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1. Donald Trump's new counterterrorism strategy asks allies to shoulder more of the burden combating Islamist extremists. 2. The strategy wants to avoid "costly, large-scale U.S. military interventions".Reuters A draft of President Donald Trump's new counterterrorism strategy demands that U.S. allies shoulder more of the burden in combating Islamist militants, while acknowledging that the threat of terrorism will never be totally eliminated.The 11-page draft, seen on Friday by Reuters, said the United States should avoid costly, "open-ended" military commitments."We need to intensify operations against global jihadist groups while also reducing the costs of American 'blood and treasure' in pursuit of our counterterrorism goals," states the document, which is expected to be released in coming months."We will seek to avoid costly, large-scale U.S. military interventions to achieve counterterrorism objectives and will increasingly look to partners to share the responsibility for countering terrorist groups," it says.President Donald Trump (C) turns to House...
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DW by Lewis Sanders IV The EU's law enforcement coordination agency has vowed to support nations in combating the rising threat of terrorism on European soil. But analysts have warned that unforeseen challenges remain. DW examines the issues. A bullet hole is pictured on a shopwindow of the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris in the aftermath of a deadly shooting claimed by the Islamic State militant group"The threats Europe face do not stop at national borders. Fragmentation makes us all collectively more vulnerable," said Europol Director Rob Wainwright and EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos in a jointly-authored article published Friday.Over the past year, the EU's law enforcement coordination agency, Europol , has pushed for increased cooperation between the bloc's member states in a bid to curb the rising threat of terrorism on European soil.Last week, as a new regulation to modernize Europol's ability to tackle criminal and terrorist threats...
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RiyadhVision By: Mohammed Nosseir“Although we invented war, I can’t understand or imagine how people can decide to blow themselves up,” said a Western acquaintance who was seeking my help to understand the sick behavior of suicide-bombers (that I, in turn, am struggling to comprehend).In Egypt, we have been living with this disease for years. It is certainly damaging, but Egyptians’ thousands of years of history give us a considerable degree of confidence in our aptitude for survival.Egyptians today are paying a very high price for the chronic disease that is terrorism, which we have been handling very badly in recent years.Terrorism emerged in Egypt because the environment was conducive to it. To put it in medical terms, the body was very vulnerable, so it was quite easy for the disease to invade it and spread throughout it — and today it has become chronic in our society.Terrorism is like a...
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International Business Times, UK Edition One of the suspects, a 42-year-old male, was allegedly plotting to attack a Shia moque in Penang state.By Ananya Roy Counter-terrorism officials in Malaysia arrested six Malaysian nationals over suspected Isis links during a month-long operation, authorities said on Wednesday (3 May). The suspects include two women and four men. They were arrested in separate raids across the country between 24 March and 25 April. Malaysia's Inspector-General of police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that one of the arrested male suspects was planning to launch an attack on a Shia mosque in Penang state off the Malacca Strait. A senior counter-terrorism source told Channel NewsAsia that the target mosque is located on the busy Chulia street in the city. The man, identified as a 41-year-old unemployed, was arrested on 25 April in Penang. He has allegedly been promoting the Islamist jihadist group through his 15...
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TheNewsLens.com by Scott N. Romaniuk & Shih-Yueh Yang The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) comprehensive counterterrorism law that came into effect at the turn of 2016 brought with it waves of criticism from human rights activists, proponents of fundamental rights and freedoms, and liberal states around the world. Renounced by many Western governments, the CCP backed the necessity of the law, contending that the country finds itself in a more complex and dangerous security environment. That security environment, asserted the CCP, requires an accelerated response in the form of broad and comprehensive law that includes: new provisions regarding definitional problems of terrorism, preventive measures, intelligence procurement, investigations, emergency measures and responses, multilateral partnership and cooperation, among others. China’s security problems have been linked to a larger and external narrative of terrorism in the new (post-9/11) global security environment, which provides much nourishment for anti-terrorism discourses within China. A latecomer in the...

Terror task force takes on border bureaucracy

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The Washington Times By Dan Boylan Lawmakers will announce a major effort Wednesday to explore ways to keep terrorists from reaching America’s shores, warning that Islamists from hotbeds of fundamentalist activity in Europe are able to enter the United States visa-free if they manage to slip through the cracks of the nation’s vast immigration enforcement bureaucracy. On Wednesday, a bipartisan House Homeland Security Committee task force will convene to explore specific U.S. immigration protocols, in particular the visa waiver agreements with countries in Europe, where counterterrorism officials have identified dangerous weaknesses. With the rise of Islamic terrorism, particularly attacks inspired by the Islamic State group and its Salafi ideology, border security is an increasingly emotional issue across the country and sits at the heart of the Trump administration’s vow to “make America great again.” Mr. Trump’s executive orders — now mired in the court system — to bar people from...
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by Helle Dale Coming into office, President Donald Trump declared defeating and destroying ISIS to be his foreign policy top priority.In contrast with the Obama administration, he had no hesitation defining precisely the root of the threat: Islamist terrorism—not vaguely phrased “violent extremism,” “workplace violence,” or “manmade contingencies.”This definition of the threat also needs to come with a far more concise strategy to combat it. The shorthand for the Obama strategy was “CVE,” or “Countering Violent Extremism.”Like the evasive title, this program failed. The United States continues to face terror attacks from radicalized individuals, such as last year’s Orlando nightclub massacre."Dear reader:Reporters at the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal are attacking The Daily Signal for our press access at the White House.They are afraid The Daily Signal is providing an alternative to the usual left-wing or establishment media spin. Now, they are using their “mainstream” media megaphones...
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Terror-alert.com CHICAGO (WLS)In 2010 the I-Team uncovered a new al Qaeda publication called "Inspire" that instructed jihadists to use pickup trucks as "the ultimate mowing machines." Now, seven years later, federal authorities are warning that terrorists may try truck-ramming attacks in the U.S. This comes as American counter-terrorism investigators are warning local police on how to diagnose someone going from sympathizer to attacker.In the past three years, there have been 17 ramming attacks worldwide; leaving at least 173 people dead, with suspected terrorists behind the wheel mostly using trucks as weapons. More than 700 people have been injured in the attacks.In most cases, authorities say the inspiration and the instructions have come from terrorist manuals including that al Qaeda magazine first reported by the I-Team in October 2010.Would-be jihadists urged to put plows on pick-ups and then run them into downtown crowds. Chicago's North Michigan Avenue area and the John...

Do Not Be Fooled by These "Moderates" in Florida

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Gatestone Institute by Joe KaufmanSince its creation, the Deobandi movement has produced a number of militant offshoots, most notably the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and spread its tentacles around the world, including in the United States. Shafayat Mohamed returned from India and set up one such tentacle in Florida. As Thomas Friedman wrote, "We talked to the boys. All of them thought America was evil and that Osama bin Laden was a hero."Much like its sister madrasa in Pakistan, the Darul Uloom Institute and its imam, Shafayat Mohamed, follow in the line of the most extreme elements of the Deobandi movement. The only difference is that one is more than 7,000 miles away from American shores, and the other is right in our backyard.The Darul Uloom Institute -- who? -- in Pembroke Pines, Florida will hold its annual fundraising dinner and awards ceremony on May 6. If it is...
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Express - express.co.uk MORE than 3,000 people have contacted police with information about possible terrorist activity in just two months. Forces received the tip-offs after senior officers launched a major campaign calling on members of the public to report any suspicions.The National Police Chiefs' Council said a significant number of the calls were made following the Westminster attack. Most of the concerns raised turned out to be nothing to cause any alarm but a number contained important pieces of information that resulted in further action and might otherwise have been missed. In addition to the 3,000 calls since the Action Counters Terrorism initiative was launched in March, authorities also received 300 referrals regarding online extremist material.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi, the NPCC's lead for protective security, revealed the figures at a conference in London. She said: “The increased response from the general public and from professionals whose job it is...
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The Washington Times By Laura Kelly - The Washington Times The National Counterterrorism Center is incentivizing technology companies by sharing intelligence with them to battle terrorist-recruiting strategies on the web, NCTC Director Nicholas Rasmussen said Wednesday. The director highlighted that the companies “become burdened with the knowledge” of how certain platforms are being used and exploited by foreign terrorist organizations. He made his comments at an event discussing new terrorist threats and counterterrorism strategies hosted by the Center for a New American Security. Short of sharing classified information, the NCTC is looking at ways to make information accessible to people outside of this community, Mr. Rasmussen added. “We’re leaning forward pretty dramatically in this area to try and share that information,” he said. “Again to incentivize these partners, these companies to take steps that are in their capacity to take and not to do so solely based on a request...

France anti-terrorism raids lead to 5 arrests

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by DW France anti-terrorism raids lead to 5 arrestsFrench authorities have detained five men and seized weapons in anti-terrorist operations across the country. Security is tight after recent Islamist attacks and the upcoming presidential runoff.Anti-terrorism squads arrested five people across France on Tuesday, just days before the second round of the presidential election.The raids took place in towns near the cities of Rouen and Lille in northern France, and in Roanne in the central part of the country.The suspects are between 18 and 24 years old. Weapons were also seized during the raids, including pistols and machine guns, a source told the Agence France-Presse. The guns belonged to a man close to one of the suspects, who legally owned the weapons.A man was arrested by anti-terrorist squads at this building in Bihorel, northwestern FranceHigh securityThe raids come just two weeks after a deadly attack on a French policeman on the...

Terrorism probe involves FBI, Interpol, and Met

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IrishExaminer.com Conor Kane The Garda-led investigation into the funding of international terrorism which led to the arrest and charge of an Irish citizen last week has involved the FBI, Interpol and the London Metropolitan Police, a court has been told.Hassan Bal, aged 25, formerly of an address at O’Connell St in Waterford, was refused bail when he made his second appearance before Waterford District Court yesterday.He is charged with providing funding for a foreign terrorist group on October 2, 2015, and attempting to collect funding for a foreign terrorist group on October 23, 2015.Gardaí objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the alleged offences; the potential sentence if convicted, which could be up to 20 years; and the risk of flight out of the country by Mr Bal if granted bail.Detective Sergeant Donal Donohoe told the court he believed the accused was likely to commit similar offences...
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by Terror-Alert.com An FBI translator travelled to Syria and married an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist she had been investigating. Unsealed court documents revealed details of the marriage between Daniela Greene and rapper-turned-terrorist Denis Cuspert.Born in Czechoslovakia and raised in Germany, Greene, 38, married a US soldier. She had moved to the US at a young age where she went on to work for the FBI as a contract linguist, a CNN investigation detailed after the court documents were disclosed.In January 2014, Greene began investigating “Individual A”, identified by CNN as Denis Cuspert, 41, a German IS terrorist seen in propaganda videos holding a severed human head.A former rapper known as “Deso Dogg”, Cuspert enjoyed minor success in the music industry, including opening for US rapper DMX.After a car accident that left him close to death in 2010 he quit rap and converted to Islam, producing Islamic devotional songs,...