Terrorist attacks are being foiled in Europe nearly every week, according to the CEO of Palantir, a data analysis company focused on national security. Alex Karp is the head of the Silicon Valley-based company, which specializes in big-data analytics. One of the company’s main products, called Gotham, is used by counterterrorism analysts at numerous government agencies around the world. Essentially, the system mines troves of data to try and detect terrorist plots before they are executed. According to Karp, dozens of attempted attacks are foiled across Europe every year. Also on rt.com Closer to Orwellian state? Watchdog says Amazon tried to sell facial recognition to ICE “I find out about a stopped terror attack in Europe about once a week – and not just the caricature that we all see in the media of radical Muslim attacks – also far-right people attacking Muslims,” Karp said in an interview on inside.pod, a podcast by the Berlin-based, … [Read more...] about Palantir CEO claims terrorist plot foiled every week in Europe
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WASHINGTON — The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services, according to a new report by a global security think tank. Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities, according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News. The figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The statistics are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute and imprison those who pose a threat. Statutes related to providing material support to terrorists, which carry long prison terms in the U.S., … [Read more...] about Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by suspects already known to police
Seven men have been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of plotting a large-scale extremist attack that Dutch prosecutors think was foiled following a months-long investigation. The national prosecutor’s office said in a statement that heavily armed police arrested the men in the towns of Arnhem, about 100km (62 miles) south of Amsterdam, and Weert in the southern Netherlands close to the borders of Germany and Belgium. The investigation was launched by intelligence suggesting the alleged ring leader, a 34-year-old man of Iraqi heritage, wanted to carry out an attack at the site of a large event and cause multiple casualties, according to the statement. The suspects allegedly wanted to use bomb vests and assault rifles to do harm at the event, and planned to detonate a car bomb at another location, prosecutors said. An investigation of potential targets was continuing. Prosecutors said the suspects ranged in age from 21 to 34. Three of them, including … [Read more...] about Seven men arrested on suspicion of plotting major terror attack in Netherlands
A military parade was attacked in Iran's southwestern city of Ahvaz on Saturday, killing nearly 30 people.It is interesting that many countries still feel the need to organize military parades to commemorate national days. This is a very old practice, and the fact that it still continues in the 21st century tells us that little has changed since the 19th century with regard to relations between states.For countries like China and Russia, military parades are particularly important, as they offer an occasion to display how powerful and disciplined their armed forces are. France's Bastille Day parade is well-known, even though it is harder in their case to understand why and to whom the French still need to show their military power. These are not the only examples of course, as many other countries preserve this martial tradition. We have to admit that military parades do not only help to dissuade foreign powers, but they are a domestic political instrument as well. Thanks to military … [Read more...] about Terror attack in Iran: Many more to come?
Man killed during suspected terror attack in Barcelona Independent.ie A man, wielding a knife and saying the word "Allah" lunged at an officer in a police station near Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in what police said was a terrorist act, and was shot dead. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/man-killed-during-suspected-terror-attack-in-barcelona-37233805.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37233803.ece/0e187/AUTOCROP/h342/SPAIN%20Barcelon.jpg Email A man, wielding a knife and saying the word "Allah" lunged at an officer in a police station near Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in what police said was a terrorist act, and was shot dead. Police said the man entered the station in Cornella, in the northeastern region of Catalonia, shortly before 04:00 GMT, seeking information. He then leapt towards an officer, brandishing a large knife they said. The attacker, identified only as living in Cornella, was shot dead. "The officer can only remember that he used the … [Read more...] about Man killed during suspected terror attack in Barcelona