Belgian Police waiting for the right time to start a raid?
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So if you are a Muslim terrorist what country would you prefer to reside in and be a citizen of, if you have the desire to blow up airline counters, subway cars, and other areas filled with filthy infidels? No question, it's friendly, multicultural Belgium. Don't understand what I'm talking about? Consider the following convenient accommodations Islamic savages can expect in Belgium:
- Terrorists need rest after a good day of blowing people up - Police Raids are banned by Belgian law between 9 pm and 5 am (1).
- Even if you don't plant bombs within Belgium, you can go abroad, bring down a building in Baltimore, come back to sunny Belgium and you will not be stripped of your citizenship because traveling abroad to commit terrorist acts is not yet a crime. But the Belgians are working on it (2).
- A tolerant attitude of multiculturalism even for terrorists. The group Sharia4Belgium has been for years advocating jihad and even recruiting fighters to go to Syria without government interference.
- Laws that restrict the sharing of information about terrorists because of concern for their privacy rights (3).
- A warm and welcoming network of supporters to help hide you from authorities (4).
Regarding the last point, that terrorists can hide with the help of friends and family, please recall that I have repeatedly warned that it is not terrorists that are the greatest threat to western civilization but the thousands of seemingly moderate Muslims who live among us. From my article Islam Will Never Reform: "If there were no Muslims in America, there would be no hiding places for Muslim terrorists. No one to arm them, fund them, or help them carry out acts of destruction."
Many of Belgium's inabilities to track terrorists is due European Union regulations regarding privacy. It's time for Belgium, the EU and hopefully our own country to realize the threat that moderate Islam poses and be more concerned with safety than multiculturalism.
But don't worry if a family or friend traveling with you in Belgium is killed by terrorist activities, you can get some consoling comfort by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wall Street Journal, 16 Dec 2015.Belgian Police Had to Delay Raid in Search of Terror Suspect, Prosecutor’s Office Says
BRUSSELS—Belgian police delayed a raid in the search for Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam last month because of a legal ban on conducting them at night, the federal prosecutor’s office said Wednesday.
The acknowledgment could further fuel controversy over Belgium’s handing of the investigation into the Paris attacks. The country has been under increased pressure, notably by France, over its anti-terrorism policies and its failed attempts to catch Mr. Abdeslam.
Belgian police received credible information on Sunday, Nov. 15, two days after the Paris attacks, that Mr. Abdeslam was in a house in the Molenbeek district of Brussels, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor said. The French national of Moroccan origin grew up and lived in the heavily Muslim neighborhood.
But because of a legal ban on police raids being initiated after 9 p.m. and before 5 a.m., police had to wait until the next morning to carry out the house search, spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said.
“We had reason to believe Salah Abdeslam had been in that house, so we carried out a search on Nov. 16 at 5 a.m., but he was not there,” he said.
BBC, 16 Jan 2015,Belgium charges five over 'terror plot to kill police'
The [Belgian] government said it would strengthen its anti-terror legislation and policies. New measures would include:
- Making travelling abroad for terrorist activists punishable by law
- Expanding the cases where Belgian citizenship can be revoked (for dual nationals) for those thought to pose a terror risk
Gilles de Kerchove, a counter-terrorism co-ordinator for the EU, told the BBC he was "not surprised" there were plans for attacks in Belgium, because the country had "suffered in a way from the high number of people going to Syria and Iraq" to fight.
Zee News, 25 Mar 2016, Brussels attacks: EU pledges to better share information on terrorism
Brussels: European Union interior and justice ministers pledged to better share intelligence on terrorism, during an extraordinary meeting to support Belgium following the deadly Brussels attacks.
The European Commission, the executive of the 28-nation EU, in January already set up a counter-terrorism centre at Europol headquarters in The Hague in a bid to improve information sharing and break down the mistrust that hinders it.
"Today we put pressure on everybody to cooperate better," Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commissioner responsible for security issues and migration, told journalists yesterday following the ministerial meeting.
"If we were sharing information, we might dissuade their actions," Avramopoulos said, referring to a string of jihadist attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels since 2015.
Reuters, 20 Mar 2016, Paris fugitive helped more by friends and neighbours than Islamic State
After the Paris attacks, security forces searched far and wide for prime suspect Salah Abdeslam, who vanished after returning to Brussels, believing Islamic State could have spirited him away to Turkey, Syria or Morocco.
It appears Europe's most wanted man never left the Belgian capital. And it was family, friends and petty criminals who helped him evade a manhunt for four months before he was arrested on Friday in the neighbourhood he grew up in, not far from his parents' home.
As security services seek to understand how Islamic State operates in Europe to prevent more attacks, Abdeslam's case highlights the difficulty of tracking suspects who can rely on the protection of community networks, many of which do not involve religious radicals and are not on the police radar.
"Abdeslam relied on a large network of friends and relatives that already existed for drug dealing and petty crime to keep him in hiding," Belgium's federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said of the only surviving suspect of the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.
"This was about the solidarity of neighbours, families," Van Leeuw told public broadcaster RTBF, speaking about Abdeslam's ability to hide for so long despite 24,000 calls from the public to a Belgian police hotline seeking information about the suspected attackers.