Counter- terrorism and human rights challenges: legislative efforts for security in EU countries – by Maria Alvanou

There is no greater challenge for a democracy than how to deal with terrorism. The economic, social and political upset which sophisticated terrorist action can bring, threatens the very democracy which protects our liberty. But that liberty may be also exploited in the first place by those supporting, aiding, or engaging in terrorism. The challenge, therefore, is to retain long held and hard won freedoms from the arbitrary use of power or wrongful conviction, while at the same time ensuring that democracy and the rule of law itself are not used as a cover by those who seek to overthrow them. Continue reading


Gruppo di supporto psicologico tra colleghi

“Il Vigile del Fuoco nell’espletare la sua professione ha bisogno soprattutto di conoscenze, esperienze, preparazione quotidiana; deve saper gestire sia piccoli interventi che maxi-emergenze, rapportandosi con la popolazione e con “soccorritori” e personale appartenente anche ad altri Enti.
Spesso opera in situazioni gravi che coinvolgono persone, anziani, bambini e tutti i giorni impara come affrontare la sofferenza delle vittime, dei parenti, dei colleghi; senza dover perdere il selfcontrol per non diventare vittima a sua volta.
Non per questo deve sentirsi invulnerabile ed invincibile, anzi deve imparare ad avere la consapevolezza che tutto può accadere, che gli incidenti succedono e che la realtà cambia e ci chiede adattamenti per potere mantenere la nostra integrità psicofisica e per continuare ad essere utili agli altri.”

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The Security system of the XX Winter Olympic Games – by Giovanni Pisapia

“The scope of this article1 is to describe the security system implemented for the XX Winter Olympic Games. More pecifically, this article analyzes the different security layers of the Olympic venues and the rules of access for people and vehicles.
The security operations here described were carried out by personnel from Italian law enforcement agencies in cooperation with TOROC staff. In this regard, this article gives a broad look at several security principles applied to the XX Winter Olympic Games and does not analyze the different roles and responsibilities of the organizations, either public and private, involved”

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Security & Logistic in a Major Sport Event: The Vendor Certification Program (VCP) of the XX Winter Olympic Games – by Giovanni Pisapia

In the general organization of the XX Winter Olympic Games, to guarantee the security of the Olympic venues, TOROC put in place, in co-operation with Italian Law Enforcement Agencies, a security system for the delivery of goods and materials.
More specifically, all goods and materials delivered to the Olympic venues had to be security screened and sealed to confirm first of all that they were free from prohibited items and, secondly, that the integrity of the delivery was not compromised prior to their arrival at the venues.

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Tra bisogno di sicurezza e diritto alla riservatezza – by Chiara Fonio

Il recente scandalo delle intercettazioni illegali nato all’interno di Telecom, ci porta a fare  alcune considerazioni generali riguardanti il delicato rapporto tra sicurezza e nuove tecnologie. Occorre innanzitutto ricordare che il fenomeno della sorveglianza elettronica non è affatto una novità. In ambito nazionale il caso FIAT scoppiato nel 1971 aveva già messo in luce alcune pericolose tendenze derivanti da ingenti archiviazioni di dati ai danni dei dipendenti.

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“Jihadi threats” The Islamist response to the Pope’s speech – by Maria Alvanou

On May 13 1981 Mehmet Ali Agca, a Muslim of Turkish origin, attempted to assassinate the late Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. A lot has been written regarding the reasons behind this attempted assassination that was never fully investigated. Today, 25 years after, threats for assassinating the new Pope Benedict XVI have been transmitted through Internet. On a website used by rebel movements in Iraq, a message posted by the Mujahideen’s Army announced that members of the organization would “smash the crosses in the house of the dog from Rome.” The Internet statement by the Mujahideen Shura Council, continued with the words: “We tell the worshipper of the cross that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya…We shall break the cross and spill the wine….God will help Muslims to conquer Rome….God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen”. The Iraqi militant group, an umbrella organization led by Iraq’s branch of al Qaeda, vowed a war against the “worshippers of the cross” in response to a recent speech by Pope Benedict on Islam that sparked anger across the Muslim world.

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Al via le celebrazioni per il quinto anniversario del Nine Eleven: il video di AS-Sahab del 10 settembre 2006 – by Marco Lombardi

Scrivevo due giorni fa: “Ieri, 7 settembre 2006, al- Jazeera e CNN hanno messo in onda l’ennesimo video del jihad. La produzione è quella garantita da As-Sahab, uno dei più noti centri mediatici del terrorismo. Si tratta del medesimo marchio che sabato scorso 2 settembre 2006 si era presentato con un video di 41 minuti (…). Una serie di nuovi prodotti mediatici è attesa in occasione dell’anniversario del Nine Eleven e As-Sahab aveva annunciato nei forum una sua realizzazione.

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Al via le celebrazioni per il quinto anniversario del Nine Eleven: il video del 7 settembre 2006 e la responsabilità dei media occidentali – by Marco Lombardi

Ieri, 7 settembre 2006, al- Jazeera e CNN hanno messo in onda l’ennesimo video del jihad. La produzione è quella garantita da As-Sahab, uno dei più noti centri mediatici del terrorismo. Si tratta del medesimo marchio che sabato scorso 2 settembre 2006 si era presentato con un video di 41 minuti: “As-Sahab Media Productions presents An Invitation to Islam by Sheikh Ayman Az-Zawahiri and brother Mujahid Adam Yahya Gadahn -‘Azzam Al Amiriki”.

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Russian Federation – recent amendments of the official list of terrorist organisations – by Nick Ridley

On the 28 July 2006 the Russian Federal authorities updated their official list of entities which are officially proscribed by the Russian government as terrorists organisations. It contained several organizations, including Jamaah al Islamiya, the Pakistan based Lashar-e Toba, Hizb u Jahar, and the Muslim Brotherhood.It was noted that, despite the current conflict in Lebanon and Gaza, the Russian list omitted to proscribe HAMAS and Hezbollah.

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The attack thwarted by the british authorities and issues of european counterterrorism policy – by Maria Alvanou

On Thursday, August 10, the British police announced that it deterred a terrorist blow that would astonish international community with its intensity. The information speaks of a plan, that- if realised- it would exceed in deadly result the attack of September 11. The terrorists – passengers on board flights from London with destination cities of USA – would use simple daily electronic appliances in order to detonate explosive materials hidden inside bottles for example of sports drinks and blow up at least 10 airplanes above American territory in almost one simultaneous blow. The British authorities have arrested up to now 24 suspects and prosecuted 11, mainly British citizens of Muslim religion, some of Pakistani origin and aged from 17 up to 35 years.

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Hamas and Hizbullah kidnappings: the political and strategic implications – by Maria Alvanou

Over the past two weeks, Israel has taken arms against two fronts, in the north and south, precipitated by kidnappings of its solders. The military operations of the Israeli army have resulted in an escalated war that brought again international attention to the sensitive area of the Middle East. Understanding the objectives and goals both on political and strategic level of the kidnapping organizations and state-actors behind them may help to comprehend essential parameters of the conflict and its importance in the international scene.

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