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Globalterroralert: U.S. Citizen Trained at Terror Camp in Pakistan
Globalterroralert.com (6/8/05): The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested a Pakistani-American father and son living in California after the son admitted to attending an alleged Al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan. According to an FBI affidavit filed in the case, the younger man admitted to attending a "jihadist training camp" in Pakistan for six months during 2003-2004. The son allegedly told the FBI that the camp was "run by Al-Qaeda" and that weapons instructors at the camp used photos of "high ranking U.S. political figures"--including President Bush--as suggested targets. Since 2002, several suspected terrorist training camps affiliated with Al-Qaida have surfaced along the Pakistani-Afghan border in Waziristan.
Click to view video of Terror Training Camp in Waziristan
Originally posted by AWingAndASigh
I find it odd that Al Qaeda terror arrests only happen when they're trying to get approval for the Patriot Act.
Where are all the terrorists when they don't have laws to create a police state sitting in Congress?
BTW...do a google search on "Al Qaeda member arrested" and you will find that many have been arrested all over the world, including in European countries, such as France and Germany...so are these countries also trying to frighten their people when they have been against the war on terror?....
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
According to the links you posted, there have been 22 arrests within the US and 693 by other countries (not including reports of "dozens daily").
So my question would have to be, "Why do we need legislation like the Patriot Act when other countries are doing a better job of catching terrorists without it?"
Europe and Central Asia Regional Overview
Covering events from January to December 2003
Governments across Europe and Central Asia continued to use the so-called "war on terror" to undermine human rights in the name of security. Among the steps taken by governments were regressive moves on "anti-terrorist" legislation, attacks on refugee protection, and restrictions on freedom of association and expression. Simplistic rhetoric about security, immigration and asylum, together with an upsurge in populism, bolstered racism and discriminatory practices towards minorities across the region. The lack of political will shown by the European Union (EU) to confront human rights violations within its own borders was increasingly disturbing, particularly in light of the planned accession of 10 new member states in 2004. Those responsible for violations, including torture or ill-treatment, continued to enjoy impunity.
Torture and ill-treatment were reported from across the region, including in Albania, Moldova, Romania and Serbia and Montenegro, where reports of such treatment were common and credible. In Turkey, torture and ill-treatment in police detention remained a matter of grave concern, despite some positive legislative reforms. In Germany, an intense public debate on the permissible use of torture occurred after it emerged that a senior police officer had ordered a subordinate to use force against a criminal suspect. Some states, such as Belgium, Italy and Switzerland, lacked fundamental safeguards against ill-treatment in police custody.
Racism continued as a backdrop to human rights abuses by law enforcement officials in the administration of justice. Reports of race-related illtreatment by law enforcement officials came from a distressingly wide range of states, including Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. There was also a lack of due diligence by some states in investigating and prosecuting assaults by private actors on minorities, ethnic as well as religious.
In other states, such as Greece, Macedonia, Portugal and Spain, there were reports of reckless or excessive use of firearms, sometimes resulting in deaths. In several countries, conditions in prisons as well as in detention facilities holding asylum-seekers and unauthorized immigrants, were cruel and degrading.