Sunday, April 20, 2008

The EU vs. the Internet Jihad

The EU expands the authority to prosecute people using the internet for propaganda, recruitment, and training for terrorism:

The proposal intends to up-date the Framework Decision by introducing three new offences: public provocation to commit a terrorist offence, recruitment and training for terrorism. It aims to equip our legal systems across the EU with the adequate tools to bring to justice the criminals who spread violent propaganda providing terrorism tactics and instructions on how to manufacture and use bombs or explosives to provoke others to commit terrorist acts. The new legislation will make it easier for law enforcement authorities to get cooperation from internet service providers, to prevent crimes and identify criminals while, at the same time, ensuring that fundamental rights remain well protected.

The amendment of the Council Framework Decision of 13 June 2002 on combating terrorism is intended to harmonise national provisions on public provocation to commit a terrorist offence, recruitment for terrorism and training for terrorism, so that these forms of behaviour are punishable, also when committed through the Internet, throughout the EU, and ensure that existing provisions on penalties, liability of legal persons, jurisdiction and prosecution applicable to terrorist offences, apply also to such forms of behaviour.

Individuals disseminating terrorist propaganda and bomb-making expertise through the Internet can therefore be prosecuted and sentenced to prison insofar as such dissemination amounts to public provocation to commit terrorist offences, recruiting for terrorism or training for terrorism and is committed intentionally.

In these cases, courts or administrative authorities will be able to request internet service providers to remove this information according to national rules implementing the Directive on electronic commerce.

Via Mashable

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