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Germany battles internet terrorism

The Local · 5 May 2012, 11:33

Published: 05 May 2012 11:33 GMT+02:00

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Speaking at a UN Security Council debate on terrorism Friday, Foreign Minister

Guido Westerwelle said, "The internet is increasingly abused by terrorist

groups for incitement and recruitment."

He highlighted a case in Germany where an extremist group had used the

internet "unnoticed for many years" to "plan vicious attacks and recruit


The minister was referring to a neo-Nazi cell blamed for the killings of eight men of Turkish origin, one Greek national and a policewoman, which was uncovered in Germany last year.

"In response, we need to reduce virtual hiding places for terrorists and we

need to counter incitement," Westerwelle said. "Identifying effective measures whilst ensuring full respect for fundamental freedoms is a challenge for all of us."

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to approve the

creation of a UN anti-terrorism coordinator, a call that was backed by the

United States, Britain, France, India and others on the 15-nation body.

The council also agreed to a statement at the end of the debate highlighting

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concern at the "increase" in kidnapping for ransom by terrorist groups to

raise funds or gain political concessions.

The council also expressed fears about growing links "between terrorism and transnational organized crime."


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Your comments about this article

19:12 May 5, 2012 by jeff10renatus
While not all muslimes are terrorists, most terrorists are muslimes. Might it not be a better use of public funds to track the most likely source of a terrorist attack - muslimes?
11:05 May 6, 2012 by Barnel
Important systems have to be designed with less dependency on external omline networks because cyber terrorism will only grow in the future

Good articles on www.ariespost.com
16:29 May 6, 2012 by Craptastic
Except, jeff, you monkey, the terrorists discussed here were the Neo-Nazis. What happened to reading comprehension?
02:49 May 9, 2012 by jeff10renatus
Hey, crap tick, that's the whole point of my comment. How many bombs have been set off by neo-nazis? As for your intellect, we know what happened to it; it never existed.
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