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German terrorists pose serious threat, police union leader warns
Screenshot of a recent video by German Islamists in Pakistan. Photo: DPA

German terrorists pose serious threat, police union leader warns

Published: 05 Oct 2010 08:38 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Oct 2010 08:38 GMT+02:00

“Increasingly more people are travelling to the training centres there from Germany,” Freiberg, the head of GdP trade union, told daily Passauer Neue Presse. “A large number have now returned and live here.”

These people have serious combat training, are radicalised, and want to carry out attacks, he told the paper.

“The number of dangerous Islamists lies at more than 100,” Freiberg said, adding that about 40 had received explosives training in terrorist camps.

Freiberg’s comments were in direct contrast to those by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Monday, who said that there was no reason to change the country's security threat level in response to US and UK travel alert warning of possible terrorist attacks in Europe.

While de Maizière also said Berlin was taking all leads seriously and investigating them with high intensity, Freiberg complained that German police forces were not in a position to conduct surveillance on all of the perceived threats.

“Around-the-clock observation is not possible due to a personnel shortage,” he told the paper. “We’re running up against our limits.”

Terror threats should always be taken seriously, Freiburg said, adding that he regretted that "the cases where Germany has been able to prevent attacks have not been judged realistically enough.”

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11:19 October 5, 2010 by auniquecorn
Terror threats should always be taken seriously, Freiburg said

See, and everybody joked when America mentioned it.

RUUUUUNNNNNnnnnnnnn
11:41 October 5, 2010 by William Thirteen
you have to hand it to Freiberg, as head of the police union he has taken some passing headline news (of whatever dubious quality) and leveraged it to advance his agenda of getting a bigger budget. Well played sir!
11:44 October 5, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Well it should only be a business between american and the terrorists!

I didn't financed and trained the, neither started a war against them, 9/11 isn't my fault either... neither I supported the govermment to do so!
12:11 October 5, 2010 by pepsionice
@ DinhoPilot & William Thirteen:

When they do come and do a "Mumbai" in the midst of Germany, and kill over two hundred Germans....what will you say then? Do nothing? Keep repeating phrase that it's a business between Americans and Jihad folks?

I look back at the ease of Germans in 1938 in taking action after Kristallnacht in believing that the Jews started problem. In this case, I suspect a "Mumbai" in the heart of Germany will change the perception of the majority of Germans. This neutral and "America's problem" view....will disappear over a very short period of time. History in Germany is a dynamic thing, and I suspect Germans will make the state safe by any method possible.
12:13 October 5, 2010 by delvek
@ Dumbopilot

Well Hitler was Americas problem but who the hell had to cross the ocean and take care of that problem.

Actually, the more I think about, for the last 200 years America has been dragged into every failure around the globe only to be bashed for it.

I wish we could see what the world would look like now had America never been created. I feel pretty condident we wouldnt be making posts on TL from our comfy homes.
12:55 October 5, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
> Well Hitler was Americas problem but who the hell had to cross the ocean and take care of that problem.

If my history is correct it was Japan that dragged the USA into WW2.

And I think *millions* of dead Europeans and Russians would disagree that the USA "cross the ocean and take care of that problem". Yes it helped, but the US alone did not save the world from fascism, no matter how many times it is repeated.
14:09 October 5, 2010 by SRaab
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14:18 October 5, 2010 by dankworth
Actually SRaab is right. Yes they did. Even with the US the fight against fascism was "a very near thing". Without America fascism and communism would probably still be major problems in the 21st century, not that the residue has been completely excised.
14:22 October 5, 2010 by mehta_p
Just a guess:

There must be "a" developed country or continent behind many terror activities happened since 1980. Without having expensive weapons, trainning to terrorists and support from locals, it is hardly possible to do terror activities. Developed country/ies or continent providing finacial help and also might have discussing their thoughts or wish (what we call 'masterminds') to spread terror in west european countries.

Now the situation has become much more severe due to globalisation as many kinds of people can travel across countries and holding passports of various countries. So when any of the terrorist (mind) arrives here, you can not stop him if he has not any weapons but the visa or passport. But at the time of checking, you can not check his intension or mind which is enough to spread his message, to discuss present-future situations, plans.

Stop those countries which are unnecessarily providing financial help to such islamic countries where people like talibanis (terrorists) are surviving.

Destroy those terrorist-camps which is factory for terrorists.

Stand together for fight against terrorism

Stand together for humanity
14:27 October 5, 2010 by SRaab
AMEN mehta_p

Da Tada da daa daa daaaaaa da da.
14:38 October 5, 2010 by DinhoPilot
@delvek @pepsionice

Again... we wouldnt have so much support if "some" good goverments didnt support them directly or indirectly!
14:47 October 5, 2010 by mehta_p
Youtube video:

'Muslim Demographics'

7:31 min

population of christians, hindu is increasing and population of muslims is decreasing very rapidly????
15:58 October 5, 2010 by delvek
Europe had failed to stop Hitler, Russia was barely hanging on. If America hadnt stepped in on the Western Front when it did England would have fell. Because of Americas involvement Russia was able to reassert itself and change the Eastern Front. I am not questioning the million who died fighting, but their deaths did not halt the advance.

Fact is, you can revist history any way you want, but I am fairly certain YOUR life would suck if it wasnt for America.

Now because America did what it did, take some time to bash her, she loves fighting for your right to do so.
16:01 October 5, 2010 by dankworth
Well said delvek!!
16:15 October 5, 2010 by freechoice
relax, it's only terrorists....grab your cameras this few weeks..to get ready to capture some actions...
17:03 October 5, 2010 by Bushdiver
@ DinhoPilot.........So when are you leaving for your training?
18:03 October 5, 2010 by DinhoPilot
@Bush

Hey Mr.Bush when are you paying for you war crimes and atrocities?!

I know that you Mr.Bush and your trigger happy warlords/weapons traders that are behind these conflicts! You cannot hide forever Mr.Bush!

BTW my only training is not spreading hate and corruption like many of those so called christians (nominal?!) do, and we all know 'Mr.Bush land (Texas) is the paradise of nominal religion!
18:47 October 5, 2010 by Landmine
Just shoot them like everyone else fighting for the Al Qaida...
18:59 October 5, 2010 by auniquecorn
Hey, I resemble that, I´m from Texas
20:46 October 5, 2010 by dankworth
He doesn't need any further training Bushdiver, DinhoPilot is already hateful and corrupt. :-)
21:46 October 5, 2010 by DinhoPilot
@dankworth

Thanks, its a compliment coming from you...

Hatefull and corrupt for telling war is wrong?! WHat values we have today!
08:17 October 6, 2010 by delvek
@ Dumbopilot,

Just because your unhappy and bored with your life doesnt mean you should come online and try to make others by posing as something that IRL you are not!

Find a way to spice up your life!

... and if all else fails, say what we used to say in the first Gulf War, "Smoke a Camel!"
12:30 October 6, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
I agree that the USA made an important contribution to ending WW2. What I disagree with is the arrogant attitude that the USA "saved Europe". Even if the USA did tip the balance of the war it would not have happened without the Russians and Europeans fighting with (huge losses) on both fronts. IMHO it was a joint effort, and a joint victory.
12:36 October 6, 2010 by delvek
Your either winner or losing there is no "good job". Had the US not enter the Western Front all would be lost, period.

The arrogance is probably from Americans who are tired of all the crap they recieve from Europeans for doing a job that they wont.

imho, YOUR life would suck if it wasnt for America.
14:55 October 6, 2010 by dankworth
nice reality check delvek
14:53 October 7, 2010 by J-Dub
Everytime Europeans want to bash America for its involvement in the wars of the worlds that they either refused to fight, gave in to, or did not have the inner strength to achieve victory, remember this:

It is the Soldier, not the minister

Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter

Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet

Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer

Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer

Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician

Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,

Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

--Charles M. Province
16:14 October 7, 2010 by michael4096
"The number of dangerous Islamists lies at more than 100"

So, far less than the RAF and other organizations around the '70s then
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