In the Netherlands, the government is stepping up anti-terrororism laws to deal with an upsurge in Muslim terrorist activity following the slaying of the great-grand-nephew of Vincent Van Gogh by Islamist extremists a couple of weeks ago. 

Just so you Americans know Canada is doing its bit, here in Canada, the boss of the longshoreman’s union in Vancouver wants Ottawa to “ease-up” on security regulations so as to cut his members some slack. Some of his members are reluctant to get security checks, so it’s better to ease-up on national security than check them, even though some of his members are known to be members of organized crime outfits like the Hells Angels. 

Dutch Mull Tougher Anti-Terror Laws
Monday, November 15, 2004

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government is considering new laws to empower anti-terrorism investigators to detain suspects without evidence that they may have committed a crime, the justice minister told The Associated Press on Monday.

Dutch officials also are weighing wider powers for intelligence gathering, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said in an interview.

“In those cases where we can’t even clearly prove the existence of recruitment or radicalization, but only have a suspicion, we will still use possible administrative powers and other powers to disrupt it as much as possible,” he said.

The action comes less than two weeks after the Nov. 2 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh following the release of his latest movie that denounced the treatment of women in Muslim countries. An alleged Islamic extremist has been arrested in the slaying.

Since the killing, anti-terrorism forces picked up more than 40 suspects across the Netherlands, Donner said.

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