Innocent boy refugee, journalist arrested as ‘terrorists’

These video from Scotland says about itself:

Tribute to Refugees Drowned in the Mediterranean – Art Installation

1 April 2016

Art installation at the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, by Brian Carey. Designed to commemorate the lives of those who died crossing the Mediterranean Sea, fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

Work consisted of 4,390 pairs of disposable gloves to represent the number of deaths attributed to all of 2015 up until the 31st of March, 2016.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Arrested refugee turns out to be no jihad warrior

Today, 08:47

A Syrian refugee who was arrested in Zaandam last year because he was supposedly a terrorist turns out to be innocent. The 18-year-old Mohanned B. is said to have told fellow refugees tall stories to survive.

Behavioural scientists have determined that there is no evidence that Mohanned B. is a member of any terrorist group, the Algemeen Dagblad daily reports. The newspaper knows reports by these experts. His lawyer next week at a hearing will request provisional release of B. …

His arrest according to some politicians was supposedly evidence that supposedly there were terrorists among the thousands of refugees.

Two brothers of Mohanned B. were killed by a bomb attack in the war in Syria. He then fled. He was mentally disturbed by his family’s ordeal, and then started telling nonsense stories about being a member of ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Also translated from NOS TV:

Wrong ‘man with hat’: ‘I was the perfect culprit’

Today, 08:27

Fayçal Cheffou, the man who after the attacks in Brussels was considered for days to be “the man with the hat,” spoke yesterday in the Flemish VRT program Terzake for the first time in public after his wrongful arrest. “I was just the perfect culprit for the police,” he said.

On March 24, two days after the attacks, the journalist was arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities. …

“My bad luck was that I was at the time of these pictures wearing a cap because it was cold. And my glasses also unfortunately look like those of that man with the hat.”

After four days he was released because of telephone calls showed that he had an alibi. The time in the cell was terrible for him. “The police beat me up and put me in jail while being naked,” Cheffou said. “I had injuries all over and I was not even allowed to drink water. People even give water to an animal.”

During Cheffou’s stay in the cell, the Flemish Minister of Migration [Theo Francken] on Twitter posted a picture of Cheffou, who was working as a coordinator of a refugee camp in Brussels. In it, the politician called Cheffou an “extremist jihad creep”. …

Cheffou still has little understanding for the tweet by the politician. “It is inappropriate to attack someone like that, just to get one’s name into the media. I find it very sad that elected politicians behave like judges while they do not have access to the file.”

More than two weeks after the attack, the Brussels police arrested Mohamed Abrini in the Anderlecht district. He confessed soon being “the man with the hat.”

Brussels atrocities abused for attacking civil liberties

This video from the USA says about itself:

Ex-NSA Chief: Give Up More Privacy Rights After Brussels Attack

30 March 2016

The European Union has “incredibly high standards” for privacy rights, and the rules made in Brussels may be hindering the ability of member nations to fight terrorism, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said.

In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program on Monday, Hayden said there may need to be some compromise between privacy rights and security concerns in Europe in order to better detect terror threats such as last week’s bombings in Belgium that killed 35 people and injured hundreds more.

Read more here.

The Hungarian government has responded to the terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital March 22 by further strengthening its state apparatus. Last week, it tabled a draft law loosening restrictions on telephone and Internet surveillance, and providing the authorities with continual access to bank accounts: here.

USA: WHEN POLICE RAID YOUR HOUSE FOR EVERYTHING And the charges are then dropped. [WaPo]

Brussels atrocities and Belgian education: here.

Throughout Europe, the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris are being used as a pretext for constructing a police state, just as happened in the US following the 9/11 attacks in 2001: here.

Belgium has enacted a raft of problematic counterterrorism laws and its police have carried out heavy-handed operations in the past year, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today: here.

Brussels atrocities and the Belgian government

This video from the USA says about itself:

Belgium’s Domestic and Foreign Policies Perpetuate Muslim Alienation

30 March 2016

Elites ignore 25% youth unemployment and engage in reckless foreign policy, which has led to the rise of jihadism in Belgium, says Brussels-based journalist Gilbert Doctorow.

Accounts of US and European intelligence’s monitoring of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) make ever clearer that the key ingredient in ISIS terror attacks in Brussels and last year in Paris was the support of factions of the NATO countries’ intelligence apparatus for ISIS in the war in Syria: here.

‘Islamophobia helps ISIS’, Brussels bomb victim wrote

Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Dutch victim of Brussels attack warns against anti-Muslim sentiment

Today, 20:59

The Dutch woman Sascha Pinczowski who this Tuesday was killed in the attack at Zaventem Airport in Brussels, warned four months earlier against anti-Islamic sentiments. In a Facebook post she wrote that deliberately demonizing Muslims helps those recruiting new extremists.

Her post was published in November, after the attacks in Paris. “The ignorant spreading of anti-Islamic sentiments and propaganda is only in favour of ISIS,” wrote the 26-year-old Pinczowski.

She was with her brother Alexander on her way to New York, where the two lived. Their father was born and raised in Maastricht. Just before the attack the brother and sister had phoned with home. During that phone call the family heard an explosion and glass shattering.

‘Message of tolerance’

After the attack the mother of the two killed twentysomethings posted the Facebook post by Sascha again. She wrote that she wanted to share “this message of tolerance of our dear daughter Sascha.”