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NEWS: Terrorism in the Philippines

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posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 12:39 PM
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The threat of terrorism in the Philippines is apparently growing rapidly, as three separate terrorist organizations are said to be combining their efforts to attack American interests in the region. Armed forces who are loyal to the government are underfunded and understaffed, they are engaged in a struggle for supremacy against separate factions intent on the same goal; an independent Islamic state in the heart of the Philippines. America spends about 100 Million dollars a year supporting the efforts of the Philippino government.
 



www.foxnews.com
Security experts see growing signs of a link between Al Qaeda (search) and home-grown terrorists in the Philippines, raising fears that attacks against the United States could be launched from a country that used to be a U.S. colony.

"The terrorist threat in the Philippines has gone to a high point, especially with the concentration of Al Qaeda morphed into a group called Jemaah Islamiyah," said Gen. Avelino Razon, director of the Philippine National Police.

Intelligence reports indicate that longtime separatist groups that have been fighting the Filipino government for an independent Islamic state are hooking up with Al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah, Southeast Asia's version of Al Qaeda, which has been designated by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.


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The Philippines are often forgotten, but that hasn't made the issue go away. Separatists are growing in strength according to the local government and the US State department. They have the ability to carry out devastating attacks, claiming hundreds of lives, and their goal is nothing less than an independent Islamic state in Mandanao. This just won't do according to the Pro-US government.

That region has, for some time, been lawless and violent. The terrorists are said to be using it as a base from which to conduct raids against the forces of the Philippino government. Whether this is more scare tactics to quash revolution of a secular nature, or whether it is an attack on Islam's spread across the world, or whether there really is a dire threat to the innocent people in the region, I couldn't say. It is now feared that divers using underwater explosives might target shipping lanes and Navy ships in the region; this is based on information received from a captured operative, who claimed to have been given scuba training along with explosives handling instruction, all supported by an anonymous, arabic speaking backer who "hates America."

It seems to be a genuine threat, but the link to Al-Qaeda is perhaps embellished in the same way as Iraq's link to the same organization. Whether this is done to increase support for action against the separatists, or for some other cryptic reason, the region is sure to be going through some difficult times ahead. People tend to overlook the region, but it's vital to remember they are people in need of help like any others. Whether you support their right to create an Islamic state, or you support the current government, don't forget the Philippines!

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posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 01:47 PM
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Some news on the subject:
The US criticizes the Philippino government for failing to adopt Patriot Act style laws to combat terrorism.

news.xinhuanet.com...



The United States Thursday criticized the Philippines for lacking an anti-terrorism law and its law enforcement and judicial system, which it said are major obstacles to the Philippine government's fighting against terrorism.

The US State Department report reaching here said that "major evidentiary and procedural obstacles in the Philippines, such as the absence of a law defining and codifying terrorist acts and restrictions on gathering of evidence, hinder the building of effective terrorism cases."

The statement said that although several new counter-terrorism bills were introduced in Congress, the Philippines has failed to enact a new anti-terror legislation in 2004.


The report also blames the Philippino government for failing to seize terrorist assets. It's an interesting read.

Here's an old article from 2002, from the World Socialist Web Site - pardon the source.

www.wsws.org...

It talks about the US deploying troops to the region to combat terrorism. Presumably they are still there. The numbers are over 600, 150 of which are Special Forces. I think they're acting in an advisory role, as well as conducting combat operations.

A brief history of Terrorism in the Philippines. It has more than 400 years of history, and since the Moro people converted to Islam in the 14th century, they've clashed with Christians in the region.

terrorism.about.com...

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posted on May, 2 2005 @ 01:29 PM
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Here's an interesting look at what it means to be a journalist in the Philippines, the link was brought to ATS by Deltaboy.


Okay, check out the link below to take you to another link, which goes to a page regarding the subject.
Sorry for the confusion, but I can't get the link to display right, it keeps blowing out the page. Mea culpa, mea culpa.

The link was taken from this page - again, thanks Deltaboy.
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Interesting read, to say the least. I applaud the efforts of the protesters.

One of the key freedoms upon which all other freedoms depend, is the freedom to sniff out and expose corruption and abuse of power. A free press is absolutely essential to a free nation.

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