(The Independent) 3/28/09 – Drastic new tactics to prevent school pupils as young as 13 falling into extremism
Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police
scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are “vulnerable” to Islamic radicalisation.
The number was revealed to The Independent by Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police and Britain’s most senior officer in charge of terror prevention.
He said the “Channel project” had intervened in the cases of at least 200 children who were thought to be at risk of extremism, since it began 18 months ago. The number has leapt from 10 children identified by June 2008.
The programme, run by the Association of Chief Police Officers, asks teachers, parents and other community figures to be vigilant for signs that may indicate an attraction to extreme views or susceptibility to being “groomed” by radicalisers. Sir Norman, whose force covers the area in which all four 7 July 2005 bombers grew up, said: “What will often manifest itself is what might be regarded as racism and the adoption of bad attitudes towards ‘the West’.
“One of the four bombers of 7 July was, on the face of it, a model student. He had never been in trouble with the police, was the son of a well-established family and was employed and integrated into society.
By WINK News
CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A tea party to protest government spending and taxing is canceled. Canceled by the government.
Why? They feel too many people could show-up.
Lynn Rosko planned to hold a tax payer tea party at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral on April 1st. The idea was announced at a Cape Coral City Council meeting, then an e-mail blast by the Republican Party and it was mentioned in the local media.
With all of that attention, the City of Cape Coral felt there could be more than 500 people attending the tea party.
Therefore Rosko needed to get a permit and insurance for the event. Rosko says she’s not willing to get insurance and accept liability for something that a stranger could do. Rosko told WINK News, “I have rescinded any organizing or supervision or what ever you want to call it over this tea party on April 1st.”
WINK News spoke to the director of parks for Cape Coral. He says that even now if Rosko is willing to get insurance for the event he’ll likely re-authorize it.
For now Rosko’s event is canceled, she’s encouraging people to attend the April 15th Tax Payer Tea Party in Centennial Park in Fort Myers.
Except for the 30-35 permanent members of the Bilderberg Club, the list of invited people change every year depending on who can influence the developments on the international scene. On the meeting will be present also the management of NATO, politicians, publishers, and journalists.
“The silence law” is the first rule, which all invited to the world of Bilderberg must abide to. This is why the daily schedule remains secret but the current events leave no doubt that the main topic of discussion will be the global economic crisis.
The history of Bilderberg Club passes through secret meetings in distant hotels and discussions, which no one learns about. The three day meetings in the club are covered by a veil of mystery and many conspiracy theories start, which create different hypothesis for the activities in the club. “Times” daily newspaper writes that “the Bilderberg Club is the camarilla of the richest economically and politically powerful people in the Western world, who meet in secret, in order to plan events, which later on just happen.”
The headquarters of the club is in the Dutch city Leiden, and the first meeting of the club takes place in May of 1954 in Hotel Bilderberg, which name has the club. The main rules are that the meetings continue for three days from 08:00am until 08:00pm with a small lunch break. For each topic, the orators have five minutes to put forward their arguments and after that, the rest have 2 minutes each for a comment.
The key figure in founding this club was Joseph Retinger, who is the supporter of the economical and military unification idea of Europe. By using his strong connections, Retinger realizes his idea for a secret meeting, where all discussions are done behind closed doors. He remains the secretary of the club until his death in 1960.
So if these were to hold four troops each and the truck driver did know what he was talking about; this would mean that there are plans in advance for over 4000 U.S. soldiers deaths.
If these are not to contain caskets and only bodies are inserted there could be room for over 40,000 civilians bodies.
Editor’s note: On February 11, 2009, D. H. Williams, writing for the Daily Newscaster, reported on the revelations of an Indiana county municipal official in the vicinity of Chicago who revealed how FEMA and DHS were attempting to prepare “county officials to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan to deal with flooding, fires, high winds and tornadoes.”
“FEMA inquired to where mass graves could be placed in the county and would they accept bodies from elsewhere,” writes Williams.
With a Democratic president in office and economic troubles fueling fears of rising crime, guns — and the rounds they fire — are a hot commodity these days.
Across the country, gun dealers are reporting a big uptick in sales of both firearms and ammunition. Requests for federal background checks for prospective gun buyers have surged since last fall, with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reporting a nearly 50 percent increase after the election of President Barack Obama.
Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said gun and ammunition sales around the country have risen in recent months.
He said many are concerned a Democratic president and Democratic-controlled Congress will change gun laws and could potentially ban certain types of firearms, like those commonly referred to as assault rifles. Democratic lawmakers are generally viewed as less friendly to gun owners than their Republican counterparts.
"We’re hearing it around the country. People are concerned about losing their guns," King said. "If they buy them now, they’ll be grandfathered if the laws are changed."
Locally, gun dealers are seeing a number of trends when it comes to sales and purchases of firearms and ammunition.
Most said gun sales are up, while others said they are steady. Ammunition sales have risen dramatically, they agreed.
"We’re selling a lot of guns. It’s been that way since November," said Kevin Zacharewicz, owner of Zack’s Sport’s in Round Lake. "Handgun sales are up; self-defense shotguns are up. People are worried about what’s going on financially."
Zacharewicz said state government trends are also motivating sales in New York. The state Senate is now controlled by Democrats, which has many gun owners in the Empire State concerned about what gun-control laws might be pursued.
"There’s a lot of concern about the government and what they’re going to do," said John West, whose family runs The Crossroads Country Store & Sport Shop.
At MacGregor’s Gun Shop in Queensbury, owner Scott MacGregor said he’s seen a "sudden influx" of customers wanting to buy "home defense-type weapons," like shotguns.
Everyone interviewed by The Post-Star for this story agreed ammunition of all calibers has gotten tougher to find, as gun owners stock up. Prices skyrocketed in recent years as metal prices went up, which caused many gun owners to stock up in anticipation of rising ammunition prices.
There are also concerns that some larger calibers, or those used by military-type weapons, could be banned, restricted or taxed more heavily.
One northern Warren County resident found out recently the government is paying attention to such ammunition sales.
West said a customer of his recently stocked up on .223-caliber rounds, a caliber often used in assault-style weapons. The customer bought 1,000 rounds a few months ago through a mail order company.
Shortly after the purchase, he received a visit from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, whose interest was apparently piqued by a large-scale purchase of that caliber.
"His wife was home. He was at church," West said.
"People are buying a lot of ammunition in bulk these days," said Kathie Ferullo, owner of Discoveries USA, an outdoors outfitter in Warrensburg that sells guns and ammo. "For some types, we have to wait on a waiting list."
The down economy is also causing people to liquidate some of their valuable assets, including guns.
West said his business hasn’t seen a big rise in gun sales, but it has seen a rise in people wishing to sell guns to his store for economic reasons. He said one man recently brought in an 80-year-old antique rifle to sell because he needed money.
"We’ve had guys come in with three or four guns to sell," he said.
"It is a good moment to move to a shared reserve currency," he said.
Central banks hold their reserves in a variety of currencies and gold, but the dollar has dominated as the most convincing store of value — though its rate has wavered in recent years as the United States ran up huge twin budget and external deficits.
Some analysts said news of the U.N. panel’s recommendation extended dollar losses because it fed into concerns about the future of the greenback as the main global reserve currency, raising the chances of central bank sales of dollar holdings.
"Speculation that major central banks would begin rebalancing their FX reserves has risen since the intensification of the dollar’s slide between 2002 and mid-2008," CMC Markets said in a note.
Russia is also planning to propose the creation of a new reserve currency, to be issued by international financial institutions, at the April G20 meeting, according to the text of its proposals published on Monday.
It has significantly reduced the dollar’s share in its own reserves in recent years.
Persaud said that the United States was concerned that holding the reserve currency made it impossible to run policy, while the rest of world was also unhappy with the generally declining dollar.
"There is a moment that can be grasped for change," he said.
"Today the Americans complain that when the world wants to save, it means a deficit. A shared (reserve) would reduce the possibility of global imbalances."
Persaud said the panel had been looking at using something like an expanded Special Drawing Right, originally created by the International Monetary Fund in 1969 but now used mainly as an accounting unit within similar organizations.
The SDR and the old Ecu are essentially combinations of currencies, weighted to a constituent’s economic clout, which can be valued against other currencies and indeed against those inside the basket.
Persaud said there were two main reasons why policymakers might consider such a move, one being the current desire for a change from the dollar.
The other reason, he said, was the success of the euro, which incorporated a number of currencies but roughly speaking held on to the stability of the old German deutschemark compared with, say, the Greek drachma.
Persaud has long argued that the dollar would give way to the Chinese yuan as a global reserve currency within decades.
A shared reserve currency might negate this move, he said, but he believed that China would still like to take on the role.
Henry A. Kissinger, who is now 85, the architect of the original détente policy with the Soviet Union in the 1970s, led one group of three former American officials on a visit to the Russian capital. They are advocating a new round of international arms-reductions talks intended to eliminate all nuclear weapons.
Separately, James A. Baker III, who was secretary of state when the Berlin Wall fell, was in Moscow for a conference on the politics of Caspian Sea oil and natural gas riches that both Russia and the West are maneuvering to obtain access to.
Mr. Baker called the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons laudable but said Russian-American relations could be more immediately revived with the measure of resuming talks on prolonging the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or Start I, which expires in December.
The visits by the former warhorses of American diplomacy toward Russia were seen as testing the waters for President Obama’s intention to, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. put it, “press the reset button” on bilateral relations.
The Obama administration’s policies are still seen as works in progress; administration officials recently solicited ideas, for example, from the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.
The former secretaries of state, all from Republican administrations, have strong contacts in Russia from a turbulent period during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Today, issues are again piling up.
Russia has declared a sphere of privileged interest over Ukraine and Georgia, former Soviet states America would like to see admitted to NATO. Russia is considering opening long-range bomber bases in Venezuela. That, in turn, is seen as a response to American plans to position antimissile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic.
No replacement has been negotiated for Start I, and Russia’s support for Iran’s civilian nuclear industry is thwarting Western efforts to dissuade that country from enriching uranium that could also be used in a bomb.
Along with Mr. Kissinger, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Sam Nunn, a retired Democratic senator from Georgia, were scheduled to meet the Russian president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, on Friday.
Mr. Baker said the United States should show a new humility in international relations.
“We ought to be big enough on both sides to admit that blame can be directed at both countries for this deterioration in Russian-U.S. relations,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with doing whatever we can to get this relationship back on the track it was on up until the last few years.”
The mere fact that Napolitano and Schavan were meeting to talk about using technology to fight terrorism was unusual: Until now, the Americans have kept their efforts to develop new security technologies secret.
The research offensive began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and has been fuelled with huge sums of money ever since. Universities, companies and secret laboratories are carrying out research into highly sensitive surveillance cameras, bomb detectors, biometric analysis software and vaccines against biological weapons, among other things. Until now, neither the general public nor the governments of the US’s Western allies have learned much about the contents of that research.
But that should now change with the new treaty, at least in selected areas. Admittedly the joint research program will start on a small scale, compared to the billions that the US research initiative devours: Between €10 million and €20 million will be made available for four major projects until 2012. The symbolic value of the treaty is much greater, however. Although the preparatory work for the agreement was begun under the previous US administration of George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, in contrast to his predecessor, personally supports a new beginning in science policy and greater openness with American allies.
Germany is certainly in a position to offer the US something in return. As German research minister, Schavan has massively promoted the issue of civil security and initiated a large-scale research program. Around €123 million has been allocated to research between 2007 and 2011 into, for example, improved detection of so-called "dirty" nuclear bombs, developing emergency plans for large events and researching new scanning technologies.
German and American scientists will jointly tackle similar issues in the future. The 31-page treaty, which SPIEGEL ONLINE has seen, lays down the basis for co-operation in four main areas:
- Understanding, prevention and detection of threats to civil security
- Forensic science
- Protection of critical infrastructure and key resources
- Crisis response, "consequence management" and damage control in the event of serious incidents.
According to the treaty, particular emphasis will be placed on "the development of solutions which increase the security of individuals without restricting their freedom." Conversely, this means that solutions which do in fact limit civil liberties could also be developed, even if they are not the main focus of research efforts.
Schavan recently experienced just how sensitive the general public is on the issue of security research when there was an outraged reaction to plans for controversial airport body scanners, which produce images effectively showing the naked bodies of passengers. Schavan stressed that it was not only engineers who had the say in German research programs — academics from the humanities and social sciences have been given the task of recognizing possible threats to civil liberties, such as the use of biometric analysis, and weighing up those risks against the potential benefits of the technology.
Until now, the Americans have not shown so much consideration for civil liberties. Hence it is even more surprising just how far-reaching the objectives of the new German-American agreement are. The accord envisions exchanges of staff and technologies and the development of common standards and priorities. German researchers will get access to the top-secret laboratories where the Americans test their latest anti-terrorism technologies, and vice versa. Such openness would have previously been unimaginable.
The openness does have its limits, however: On page 23 of the treaty, it states that both sides can prevent the publication of research findings.
But first some research actually has to be carried out. Already at the Monday breakfast meeting, Schavan presented her American partner with a proposal for an issue she would like to see investigated. The US Congress has mandated that, as of 2012, each shipping container that comes to America from the EU must be checked for dirty bombs and other terrorist threats. On behalf of the German government, Schavan argued at Monday’s meeting that such a comprehensive check could harm trade and would be hugely expensive.
Schavan believes that alternatives to 100-percent screening should be sought within the new framework of joint security research. One proposal is to classify containers into risk-based classes depending on their origin and content and give them more or less intensive inspections accordingly.
Schavan is hoping that Napolitano will be more ready to discuss this issue than the representatives of the Bush administration were. Schavan points out that Napolitano has questioned the 2012 deadline for the start of the inspection program and is concerned about the economic viability of the checks.
Nonetheless, Schavan is unlikely to push for her position too forcefully. After all, she does not want to subject the new German-American openness to a critical test right at the outset.
The US Department of Homeland Security told SPIEGEL ONLINE on Monday evening that it had been striving for some time to promote international cooperation in the field of security research. A similar agreement has been in place with Canada since 2004 and cooperation treaties were also signed with Israel and France in 2008.
The department confirmed that the treaty creates a legal framework for cooperation in both classified and unclassified projects. The first planned project is a joint workshop with experts in the field of visual analytics, to be held in Germany in June, spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said. However Kudwa said that clandestine laboratories whose existence is not known to the public do not exist in the US.
"Expanding research collaboration with international partners, while keeping a steady emphasis on personal information privacy and data protection, is a point of high priority for Secretary Napolitano," Kudwa said. "The goal of the US-Germany agreement will be to enhance security without limiting freedoms."