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Insurance Journal By Molly M. Fleming David McIlhatton knows terrorism cannot be prevented. But measures to keep people safe often deter people from visiting sites or cities. “We don’t want a strong physical (security) presence because that doesn’t do anything to engage investment,” he told The Journal Record in Oklahoma. McIlhatton studies terrorism and its societal influence at Coventry University in England. He and University of Central Oklahoma real estate professor David Chapman are working on a study about terrorism and the built environment. Their work started last fall. McIlhatton gave an update on their work at the Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of Realtors’ annual summit on April 6 at the UCO Nigh University Center in Edmond. McIlhatton and Chapman have issued a survey to architects, engineers, city planners, investors and other real estate professionals. It has been answered by more than 150 people worldwide. They’ve conducted interviews in Sydney,...

European Commission tackles terrorism financing

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DW The EU wants to cut off terrorists' finances more quickly. And money laundering is to be criminalized throughout the EU. What took so long? Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels. If you want to fill out a bank transfer or send money to the so-called "Islamic State" (IS), it's not particularly difficult. The Raqqa branch of the "Commercial Bank of Syria," which is controlled by "IS," is still part of the international banking system's SWIFT code registry. One can find it on the homepage of the SWIFT payment service provider, which operates its database from La Hulpe, south of Brussels. According to the SWIFT website, the bank's current status is active. How does that square with the European Union's loudly-proclaimed aim of combatting the financing of terrorism? Not well at all, says EU Parliamentarian Fabio De Masi, a representative of Germany's Left Party. "It is scandalous that banks under the...
MPR News by Bob Collins It’s a pretty safe bet that when Minnesota’s Department of Homeland Security was created, it wasn’t to check to be sure that people riding the Green Line had purchased tickets. We know that because the department’s website tells us so: The mission of the Homeland Security branch is to lead the unified state effort to keep Minnesota secure and prevent acts of terrorism. Staff members help public and private partners determine key community assets and prioritize how to protect them. So what was really going on on the Green Line today? Far from bringing a sense of security, the officers appear to have caused some discomfort for passengers. A reporter for the Star Tribune says the Homeland Security police told passengers it wasn’t an immigration raid, they were just checking tickets. Why would anyone think it was a raid? Because the U.S. Department of Homeland...
Bloomberg Fighting terrorism must involve preventing Muslim communities from imposing their way of life in France and requires more than just repression, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Monday. “A multicultural society is a multiconflict society,” she said in a speech in Paris. “I want every French person, no matter where they are in France, to maintain their liberty and their rights that Islamic fundamentalists want to deny them. Multiculturalism is the soft weapon of Islamic fundamentalists, which is allowed by useful idiots under the guise of tolerance.” Le Pen, head of the anti-immigrant, anti-European Union National Front, called for France’s constitution to be changed so that it doesn’t recognize any communities, and criticized former President Nicolas Sarkozy for creating an organization to represent Islam. She also said she would ban an Islamic organization in France linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and that mosques attended by Turks could be...

Top terror cop Catherine Burn sidelined

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NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn stripped of counter terror responsibilities news.com.au by Liz Burke DEPUTY NSW police commissioner Catherine Burn has been stripped of the role that brought her to national recognition after being sidelined by the state’s new top cop. New state police commissioner Mick Fuller has made his first major appointment in the role, assigning the job of leading the state’s Counter Terrorism unit and State Crime Command to Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson. The counter terror gig has been held by Mr Hudson’s fellow deputy, Ms Burn, since 2012, and is considered one of the state police force’s key roles. Ms Burn’s responsibilities around counter terrorism have seen her address the state and become a widely recognised figure all around Australia. She took on responsibilities for communicating information around the 2013 Lindt Cafe siege and the many terror attempts the NSW police force has foiled since. Ms...