US counter-terrorism officials may try to kill American citizens embroiled in extremist groups overseas with “specific permission” from higher up, the top US intelligence chief said.
“We take direct action against terrorists in the intelligence community,” director of national intelligence Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee in a rare admission that Washington sometimes targets US citizens.
If “we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that,” Blair said in response to questions from the panel’s top Republican, Representative Pete Hoekstra. Continue reading →
Berlin – Alleged Islamists can have their passports removed to prevent them from travelling from Germany to attend terrorist training camps, a Berlin court announced on Friday. The ruling came in a case brought by three men who were stopped as they attempted to board planes to Istanbul last September, since there was reason to believe they aimed to reach Pakistan or Afghanistan to join jihad, or holy war.
It was acceptable to confiscate a passport if there was reason to suspect that German interests were under threat, the administrative court said. Continue reading →
Children are seen throwing stones at a group of children believed to be directed by the outlawed PKK as they throw stones at policemen.
An additional building has been opened at a prison in Diyarbakır to hold girls under 18 who receive prison sentences for throwing stones at policeofficers during illegal demonstrations in Turkey’s eastern and southeastern provinces. Continue reading →
BERLIN, Jan. 29 (UPI) — U.N. members gathered for a workshop in Berlin to discuss how terrorist groups and organized criminal enterprises take advantage of the Internet.
The U.N. Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force organized a two-day workshop in the German capital to discuss laws in place aimed at examining the safety and use of the Internet for criminal activity.
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Countries across the continent have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim veil – in various forms such as the body-covering burka and the niqab, which covers the face apart from the eyes. The debate takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions and even fears of terrorism.
Headscarves are allowed at French universities – but not schools
France has for years been debating whether to ban the “full veil”.
In early 2010 President Nicolas Sarkozy said it was “not welcome” in France.
This was followed by a French parliamentary committee recommending a partial ban, saying that veils covering the face were an affront to French values and proposing they be banned from inside public buildings – such as hospitals and schools – and public transport. Continue reading →
The Home Affairs Committee holds a one-off evidence session in which it examines the various new counter-terrorism measures to be adopted at British airports, including full body scanners, passenger profiling and ‘no fly’ lists. Watch live from 10.30am.
Video and Audio: Counter-Terrorism Measures evidence session