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Frankrike har svært strenge anti-terror-lover, man har tilgang til å fengsle terrormistenkte i opptil 3 år før saken må opp for retten.
Lovene blir aggressivt håndhevet. Mens fanger som har kommet igjen fra Guantanamo Bay til forskjellige europeiske land har gått fri, for å klage sin nød til en godtroende presse, ble de fire franske fangene, som ble returnert fra Cuba, fengslet med en gang de ankom Frankrike.

France has embraced a law enforcement strategy that relies heavily on preemptive arrests, ethnic profiling and an efficient domestic intelligence-gathering network. French anti-terrorism prosecutors and investigators are among the most powerful in Europe, backed by laws that allow them to interrogate suspects for days without interference from defense attorneys.

Frankrike har egne dommere som jobber kun med slike saker og har vide fullmakter når det kommer til razziaer, autorisering av avlytting og avhøring av mistenkte.

Terrorism is «a very new and unprecedented belligerence, a new form of war and we should be flexible in how we fight it,» said Jean-Louis Bruguiere, a senior French anti-terrorism judge. «When you have your enemy in your own territory, whether in Europe or in North America, you can’t use military forces because it would be inappropriate and contrary to the law. So you have to use new forces, new weapons.»

Thomas M. Sanderson, a terrorism expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said France has combined its tough law enforcement strategy with a softer diplomatic campaign in the Middle East designed to bolster ties with Islamic countries.
«You do see France making an effort to cast itself as the friendly Western power,» as distinct from the United States, he said. «When it comes to counterterrorism operations, France is hard-core. . . . But they are also very cognizant of what public diplomacy is all about.»

The French government has also stepped up efforts to crack down on radical Islamic clerics. While authorities have long had the right to expel foreigners if they are judged a threat to public safety, lawmakers passed a bill this year that makes it possible to deport noncitizens for inciting «discrimination, hatred or violence» against any group.

Systemet virker profesjonelt i forhold til hjemlige forhold der utvisningssaker kan ta svært lang tid, og når man først har utvist noen så er det på ingen sikkert at man må forlate landet. Noe som landets islamistiske pressekjæledegge Mulla Krekar har bevist alt for godt.

Bruno Le Maire, a senior adviser to the interior minister, said authorities have placed about 40 mosques under close surveillance and move quickly whenever they find a cleric preaching radicalism.

«There’s not a direct link between what these imams say and terrorism, but there are indirect links that can be dangerous to democracy and the security of our country,» he said. «So we have to be very careful with these people.»

Other countries, including the United States, have long-standing policies that restrict law enforcement agents from infiltrating places of worship. So far, however, France’s aggressive approach has not led to widespread criticism.

Det ironiske her er at mens pressen i Norge har raljert over Patriot Act og Guantanamo Bay, har Frankrike gjort svært mye av det samme, uten de helt store protestene. Det sier mye om norsk presse, og spørsmålet er om de ville glemme kritikken helt, om dette skulle bli innført i Norge. Man vil nok til slutt innse at det er mye rett i Jean-Louis Bruguiere utsagn:

«Fighting terrorism is like the weather. You have high pressure zones and low pressure zones. Countries that have low pressure zones attract terrorism.»

French Push Limits in Fight On Terrorism [washingtonpost.com]

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