Forum Working Group on Counter-Terrorism Meet

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BY PACIFC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT

The eighth meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum Working Group on Counter-Terrorism was held in Suva, Fiji on 5 June 2012.

The Working Group meets annually and allows Members and regional law enforcement secretariats to discuss national, regional and international developments in counter-terrorism, including transnational organised crime, human trafficking and people smuggling, money-laundering and nuclear security issues.

The Working Group meeting provided Member countries the further opportunity to identify national constraints in ensuring compliance with international counter-terrorism standards, and to consider available solutions, resources and models to support their respective efforts.

In opening the 2012 meeting of the Working Group, Deputy Secretary General Andie Fong Toy of the Forum Secretariat observed that “the Working Group, with the support of the Forum Secretariat, has been at the forefront of coordinating regional counter-terrorism initiatives. Support through policy and legislative development as well as capacity building activities continues to be undertaken both regionally and bilaterally.”

Concerns raised by Member countries on a broad range of experience and perspectives on counter-terrorism also reflected the views of various police services, immigration departments, offices of attorney-general and justice ministries.

The Working Group continued to support the recommendation of Exercise Ready Pasifika II for Pacific island countries to hold their own national-level counter-terrorism exercises and acknowledged the continuation of counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance from Australia and New Zealand and other donors. Continue reading

Anti-terrorism event to give public an input

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Chief Superintendent Andy Hough at the launch event.

A NEW police initiative aimed at breaking down barriers about counter-terrorism operations has been showcased in Derby.

About 60 members of the public, mainly from the Muslim community, attended the launch event of Operation Nicole which took place at the JET centre, in Normanton Road, last night.

They discussed issues and took part in workshops to understand why the police make certain decisions during their investigations into terrorist issues.

Leading Operation Nicole in Derbyshire is Inspector Karl Mortimer.

He said: “It is important that we work alongside the community so they better understand why we make certain decisions with regards to our actions on counter-terrorism and so they can have input on the way they feel about these decisions. Continue reading

Facebook And The Future Of Fear

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April 13, 2011: The U.S. is planning to eliminate the five-color terrorism alert level system and, instead, use Twitter and Facebook to more quickly distribute more detailed terror alerts. Government officials noted that there are already 150 million Americans on Facebook. That’s about half the entire population. Only six percent of Americans use Twitter, but that six percent stays on top of things and are well connected with the mass media and major news sites on the Internet. Continue reading

’Telephone terrorists’ cause mlns in damage – National Counter Terror Committee-ITAR-TASS

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MOSCOW, February 4 (Itar-Tass) — Russian security services and law enforcers received 20 anonymous calls claiming bomb threats after the terror act at the Moscow Domodedovo Airport, adviser to the National Counter Terrorism Committee head Andrei Przhezdomsky told a Friday press conference at Itar-Tass. Continue reading

‘Cyberwar’ new book by Richard Clarke claims governments are hacking into many computers video

In his new book “Cyberwar” Richard Clarke provides a great deal of evidence supporting the trend that governments are now working to wage electronic wars on the Internet. Clarke, who served as a counterterrorism adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush is famous for his 2001 warnings about the possibility of an impending al-Qaida attack to members of the Bush administration. The consequence of the Bush administration ignoring Clarke was the success of the 911 attacks.

Click here to read a short excerpt of “Cyberwar” and learn more about this issue.

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