Friday, January 06, 2006

Counterterrorism Blog: "Belgium, hotbed for Islamist terrorism"

This paragraph stands out:
“Belgium is indeed very attractive for Muslim extremists groups”, estimates Luc Verheyden, director of the anti-terrorist taskforce. “Our country is crucial because of the presence of international institutions. Many media are represented here and the extremists groups need them to pass along some of their propaganda. And Belgium is more lenient to this type of propaganda than of other countries, where it is for example a crime to glorify terrorist acts. Contrary to other countries, Belgium does not have a list of banned groups. We can only freeze the assets of organizations which are on the UN list of terrorist groups but we cannot ban them altogether.”

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