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De Maizière warns of imminent terror attacks

The Local · 17 Nov 2010, 15:22

Published: 17 Nov 2010 12:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Nov 2010 15:22 GMT+01:00

“There is information from our foreign partners that planned attacks are allegedly to be carried out at the end of November,” he said in Berlin, describing a “new situation” regarding the Islamist threat towards the nation.

“There’s reason to be worried, but no reason for hysteria,” he said, mentioning “concrete leads” being followed by the authorities.

De Maizière said he had put federal police on alert and ordered heightened security at German airports and train stations.

"From today, there will be a more visible police presence. I thought it should be explained to citizens," he said.

The announcement is a marked departure from the German government’s warnings in recent weeks of an abstract terrorist threat.

Only last month, de Maizière criticized reports Islamists were planning imminent attacks in Germany as "alarmist" and said there was no reason to change the country's security threat level.

But the minister said on Wednesday security services had noticed growing signs that the terrorist network al-Qaida was planning attacks in the United States, Europe and Germany since mid-2010.

"We now have more details and indications of danger," he said. "It is the unanimous assessment of the security services that we are currently dealing with a new situation."

He said Berlin had been tipped off by overseas authorities following the discovery of two US-bound parcel bombs originating from Yemen last month. One of the packages travelled undetected through Cologne-Bonn Airport before being stopped in Britain.

Daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported the United States had warned German officials that between two and four al-Qaida operatives were on their way to Germany and Britain to attempt attacks.

Security sources cited by the paper named Germany's popular Christmas markets among potential targets and said the terrorists were expected to arrive in the country on November 22 via India or the United Arab Emirates.

But de Maizière said Germans should not be cowed by the threat of possible attacks.

“We will not allow international terrorism to limit our way of life or our liberty,” he said.

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Although Germany has nearly 5,000 troops in Afghanistan under NATO command, it has never experienced an attack by Muslim extremists on its own soil. But authorities say the country, which once was home to the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States, has a large and dangerous Islamist scene.

The closest it has come to being attacked was in July 2006 when Islamic militants placed suitcases containing homemade bombs on two regional trains at Cologne's main station. But they failed to detonate, averting an almost certain bloodbath.

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12:57 November 17, 2010 by xx.weirich.xx
Didn't they say the same thing during election time..?
13:02 November 17, 2010 by joetke
"We will not allow international terrorism to limit our way of life or our liberty"

Would you say that after a blast that will blow your body members apart, or relatves' of yours?

Arte-tv reported de Maiziere got his infos from "friends' intelligence services". Well, when any global power is able to trigger wars based on fake and forged data, what kind of friendship are you looking for?

While obama's administration came to the Seoul G20 summit, he announced they , America, have decided to print $600 Billion, unilaterally, without any caring about the value of China's whatsoever dollar funds, what a kind of mutual respect could you expect from your "friends"?
13:26 November 17, 2010 by Celeon
Simple rule :

The terror attack plans which authorities recieve warning of in advance and even know a date and time, are likely never to be carried out in the first place.

Thats also why the public is warned. Not so that they are better prepared (which they cannot be anyway) but to deter the one who is planning to carry them out.

To let him or them know that we expect them and are prepared to stop them.

The terror attack plans the authorities do not learn of in advance and nobody recieves any warning of, are the ones which are really likely to be carried out.
14:40 November 17, 2010 by adipk
strange. When they can get this information from their hidden resource then why they dont get the accurate information with all other details. I think they rely on C/^ for their planning. By the way uncle bush has accepted that he was briefed very badly.

They must react properly, at least when s%&/) is going to happen. So that they can take counter measure and stop the S%&% before it happens.
16:12 November 17, 2010 by Waitingfortheaxtofall
My dear Joetke, I would never expect any "respect" from you or many like you in the European Union. It is too bad that the American people all get painted with the same brush. Why take an article such as this as an opportunity to bash Americans? The majority of our elections aren't won by large margins, so there is difference of opinion among the electorate. Faulty intellingence is part of the game I suppose or we would never have these attacks on civilians. You can't be for certain that this information came from your hated Americans. It may have come from the Israelis. What would your opinion be then? Lighten up Sir. Life is way to short to carry the burden of ill will all your life.
17:07 November 17, 2010 by derExDeutsche
@ Waitingfortheaxtofall

In German opinion, Anti-Islam is the new Antisemitism. Except when say, Prgressive German Politicians on a boat to Gaza bringing supplies to actual Anti Semites, in the process beat, stab, assault and attack Semites. In which case, Germans proclaim that Jews are the REAL NAZIs, and they Deserve the Violence. Nice definitions they have, no?

Meanwhile, legitimately nervous Germans are the cause of the 'neue Anti-Semitismus'. Ah alas don't worry, the majority of this is just Hubbub. Nothing has changed, America is still the REAL Enemy. after all, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Are we supposed to feel any pity for Germany on the day that something DOES Happen? Or can we all laugh, and claim that, Obviously, Germany (those gulity of the new Antisemitism) wasn't providing enough of a Sharia experience. Obviously, something Germany has done wrong, and needs to be blamed. For example, it sided with the US on some policy.

hmm. Can anybody be blamed for looking at both Germans and Muslims suspiciously?

God knows they aren't all Nazi's and Terrorists, but I'll be damned if the Majority don't think like them. Apples don't fall far from trees. And the Apple Orchards of the Middle East and WWII are both just up the hill a little way.
17:08 November 17, 2010 by walter12
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17:54 November 17, 2010 by Julles46
Let's just blame America for everything! Muslims attack you? America's fault! Don't have a job? America's fault! Wife left you? America's fault! Panties too tight? America's fault!

We Americans are getting a little sick and tired of being blamed for everything that goes wrong and then you all expect us to help you and pick up the pieces and rebuild for you, blah, blah, blah. Do it yourselves from now on...stop asking us for and handout. I'm sick of working for you.
18:57 November 17, 2010 by ANONTDH
WHAT IS JIHAD?

Jihad (pronounced as /dʒɪˈhɑːd/; Arabic: جهاد‎ [dʒiˈhæːd]), an Islamic term, is a religious duty of Muslims. In the Arabic

language, the word jihād translates into English as struggle. Jihad appears frequently in the Holy Qur'an and common

usage as the idiomatic expression "striving in the way of Allah (al-Jihad fi sabil Allah)".

A person engaged in Jihad is called a mujahid; the plural is mujahideen. Jihad is an important religious duty for Muslims.

A minority among the Sunni scholars sometimes refer to this duty as the sixth pillar of Islam, though it occupies no such

official status. In Twelver Shi'a Islam, however, Jihad is one of the 10 Practices of the Religion.

Muslims use the word in a religious context to refer to three (3) types of struggles: an internal struggle to maintain faith,

the struggle to improve the Muslim society, or the struggle in a holy war. The prominent orientalist Bernard Lewis argues

that in the Holy Qur'an and the ahadith, Jihad implies warfare in the large majority of cases (which is not true).

In a commentary of the hadith Sahih Muslim, entitled al-Minhaj, the medieval Islamic scholar Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi

stated that "one of the collective duties of the community as a whole (fard kifaya) is to lodge a valid protest, to solve problems

of religion, to have knowledge of Divine Law, and to command what is right and forbid wrong conduct".

In western societies the term Jihad is often translated as "holy war". Scholars of Islamic studies often stress that these words

are not synonymous. Muslim authors, in particular, tend to reject such an approach, stressing non-militant connotations of

the word, Jihad.
19:12 November 17, 2010 by dbohnenk73
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19:40 November 17, 2010 by Julles46
Let's see...muslims yell for Jihad and then blow up buildings, people, children, etc...golly gee, sounds peaceful to me.
00:54 November 18, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, the government should just cover their own responsibilities. It does no good to inject fear into society.

It benefits terrorists when they announce terror warnings.

By now we all know that there are bad people out there.
01:19 November 18, 2010 by swervinmervin
¦quot;We will not allow international terrorism to limit our way of life or our liberty,¦quot; he said.

The citizens of Germany should really take a good look into the political motives of any politician that makes such an arrogant and simple-minded statement like this. This type of worthless decree is fanciful at best and will only provoke those intent on proving him wrong.

If Germany (like America) keeps its borders open to anyone traveling from anywhere in Europe, how can one possibly imagine not allowing international (Muslim) terrorism to eventually limit the German way of life and the liberties currently held by Germans.
01:24 November 18, 2010 by rgmx4u
Let's not blame each other who started what - the problem is that some of these people live amongst us and are hiding behind "Freedom of Religion" while agitating against their declared enemy, which is all western countries - of which some are more prominent targets than others.
05:44 November 18, 2010 by wouldlike2comeback
dont worry germany will most likely get in the mix of it all and ironically so. thanks to hitler and his buddy the mufti, the roosters are coming home now to roost!!! lol haha. germany mostly judenrien now takes the place of the turks,muslims and other arabs who think it is very funny to them to be there to the chagrin of the kool-ade drinking leaders left picking up the pieces of past failures in knowing how to run a government. hey dudes dont complain, it wa yours for the asking 60 odd years ago, now it is home...lol
08:54 November 18, 2010 by meiangie
I am not a Muslim myself but i have Muslim friends who explained what exactly Jihad means. For a Muslim, Jihad is a fight within yourself against your own sinful nature. It is not about blowing buildings or even starting a war with another country or person. It is not agressive.

Now you see the difference between normal, regular Islam & extremist Islam. Extremist Islam is a cult like any other cult of Christianity. They are a deviation from the regular teachings of the particular religion. Extremist used the same word & changed it into their own context because they want to shed blood.

If people doesn't get that difference clear, would the 'holocaust' repeat itself in the world?
12:42 November 20, 2010 by Johnny Cash
It would be worthwhile for the reporters of the Local to check all the research out there on the net on 9/11 and at least put "alleged terrorists who carried out the attacks" in their articles until the affair is PROPERLY investigated. Anybody who studies this case will come to the opinion that the US Government version of the attack is a fairy tale. Otherwise, thanks for all the information here
17:22 November 21, 2010 by The Kraut
Thanks a lot for your explanations. Now I understand the difference.

An ordinary jihad and an extremist jihad are like the difference between an old parson telling you that denying the notion of trinity is a sin and an inquisitor torturing you to death because you find it a bit funny that three equals one.

Reminds me of the way the Catholics destroyed Catharism in France.

Welcome back to Early Modern Age!
17:16 November 26, 2010 by Johnny Cash
Thought I would post this as a solution to this scanning carry on at the ariports. A great alternative to body scanners at airports The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports. It's a booth you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you. They see this as a win-win for everyone, with none of the whining about racial profiling. It also would eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials. Justice would be swift. Case closed! You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system: "Attention standby passengers — we now have a seat available on flight number ____. Shalom

." Perfect!!!!!!
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