Defending the PRISM program at the New York Times

Look at the end how the Times sticks it into the story – the implication being that surveillance is necessary to keeping us safe, which is the Obama Administration’s line of thinking.


Police in 3 European Nations Conduct Terror Raids<NYT_BYLINE>

Published: June 25, 2013
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BERLIN — Scores of special police officers raided at least nine sites in southern Germany and Belgium on Tuesday after what German authorities said was a tip to an alleged Islamist plot involving two men of Tunisian origin planning to stage terrorist attacks involving explosives and remote-controlled model airplanes.

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Separately, French authorities said police detained six people aged between 22 and 38 in the Paris region on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks in France, according to news reports. The suspects included a man from the West African state of Benin, another from the Indian Ocean Comoros islands and four French nationals, the reports said.

In Germany, the chief federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe said in a statement that the two men of Tunisian origin were the target of raids in the area around Stuttgart in southwestern Germany and at unspecified locations in Belgium.

Other raids around Munich and Stuttgart were aimed at four contacts of the Tunisian-born men who are suspected of financing terrorist activities, and a further person suspected of money laundering, the statement said.

Raids also took place in the southeastern state of Saxony, the statement said. Overall, some 90 police officers were involved.

None of the suspects or their contacts were identified by name, and nobody was detained during the raids in Germany and Belgium, which the prosecutor’s office said were intended to garner evidence of plans and preparations for attacks and knowledge of how ‘’terrorism motivated by radical Islam’’ is financed.

The statement added that no further details could be divulged while investigations continued. Calls to the chief federal prosecutor’s office were not immediately returned.

Word of both police actions came during ongoing controversy about the so-called Prism program under which United States authorities tapped phone and Internet companies for surveillance of communications from non-Americans.

The furor over Prism colored a visit last week to Berlin by President Obama, who defended the program, noting that American intelligence tips had helped foil some 50 terrorist actions in recent years, including some unspecified activities in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany referred specifically to to raids in 2007 that led to the jailing of four men for up to 12 years in 2010.



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