The Belgian Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis, operating under the authority of the Federal Public Service Interior, started receiving about 60 reports daily from citizens about individuals who pose a potential terrorist threat after the deadly knife and shooting attack in the city of Liege, De Morgen reported Saturday.
The case is an example of how terrorists, once captured and incarcerated, learn how to manipulate the system, by using the courts to claim “rights” from a government they were all too eager to overthrow. The more time terrorists spend in prison, the more likely they are to become “jailwise,” that is, knowing how to exploit the system for all they can get. They learn how to using the legal system to advance their cause. They also find a sympathetic ear and support from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Muslim Advocates, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) or the Human Rights Commission.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan caught an extraordinary break two years ago when a federal judge sentenced him to just 40 months in prison for trying to fly overseas to join the Islamic State terrorism group.
As part of the deal, Khan was ordered to stay off the internet without prior court approval. But within a month of his release from custody last September, Khan was secretly using a smartphone to log into dating apps like Hinge and Bumble, where he created profiles that eventually caught the attention of the FBI.
FBI Director Christopher Wray told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday that the bureau is tracking several hundred homegrown terror suspects, not counting those linked to a terror group or domestic extremist groups such as white supremacists.
According to government plans which were acquired through a Global News freedom of information request, the most frightening aspect of these returning ISIS fighters is the fact that government plans are fairly limited.
EXCLUSIVE: Canada’s plan for managing the return of ISIS fighters revealed in documents
Disclosed under the Access to Information Act, the documents are a stark assessment of the prospects that former ISIS fighters like Ali will ever face criminal charges upon their return to Canada, saying terrorism investigations are among the most difficult the RCMP conducts.
The Canadian government insists it’s using “all available tools” to find, detain and convict citizens who have travelled overseas for the purposes of terrorism, but it hasn’t submitted a single name to the UN committee that maintains a sanctions list of international jihadists.
Mental illness defense, here we come!
A man facing several counts of attempted murder after a police officer was hit with a car and stabbed by an assailant is to face two psychiatric assessments.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was charged after a speeding car rammed through a barrier at a Canadian Football League game in Edmonton on Sept. 30 and sent an officer flying five metres through the air.
The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Const. Mike Chernyk.
Four pedestrians were hit and injured hours later when the driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit sped down Jasper Avenue, one of Edmonton’s main streets.
A judge has agreed with Sharif’s lawyer that initial evidence suggests Sharif’s mental health needs to be assessed.
Sharif is next to appear in court on Dec. 13.
Nearly 30,000 foreigners from state sponsors of terrorism have gotten visas since 2007 through the diversity visa lottery.
President Donald Trump wants Congress to end the program, which benefits foreigners from nations that don’t have high levels of immigration to the U.S. He increased his public pressure against the program after an Uzbek recipient of the diversity visa lottery allegedly killed eight in a recent terrorist attack in New York City.
The scheme, set to roll out next year, will focus only on “persons of interest,” who were investigated by M15, Britain’s secret service, but then dropped from surveillance. Police and social workers would contact them and speak to them about what how best to reintegrate them into society. A local panel would then determine what assistance would be most effective and what to provide. That could include a rent subsidy, priority for state-owned social housing, mental health support or job training.
Western Civilization has developed a fatal flaw in not being able to recognize a threat that isn’t on a battlefield and preferably in another country.
Germany is now hosting almost 700 Islamists thought to pose a terror threat, the federal police chief says. He told a newspaper that left- and right-wing radicals were considered less dangerous.
That’s crazy. How does Britain end up with 23,000 and Germany only 700?
Face recognition is used at airports for security, but this is believed to be the first use for surveillance of potential terrorist suspects in the UK.
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Hundreds of visitors were cleared from the British Museum as police responded to reports of a suspect vehicle.