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France Opens Terrorism Probe After Police Knife Attack

France Opens Terrorism Probe After Police Knife Attack(Bloomberg) — France’s anti-terrorism office is investigating a possible terrorist attack after an employee of the police knifed four colleagues to death and hurt two more on Friday in Paris, raising questions about national security.Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard described “a scene of extreme violence” during a news conference on Saturday, and said his office is still trying to understand the attacker’s motives as well as the context that led to his act.The investigation shows that the assailant, a 45-year-old man, assaulted his colleagues with a kitchen knife and an oyster knife he’d left the office especially to purchase, Ricard said. The man had been working for the intelligence services’ computer maintenance department since 2003, he said.An anti-terrorist probe was opened after police accessed dozens of text messages he exchanged with his wife prior to the attack. The fact that the assault had clearly been planned, the nature of the killings and the man’s religious commitment led investigators to suspect a terrorist act, the prosecutor said.The attacker converted to Islam about a decade ago and is known to have approved of killings perpetrated for religious purposes, the prosecutor said, adding he’d also been in contact with individuals belonging to a radical salafist trend and had exchanged religious comments with his wife less than an hour before the knifing.Ricard recently said the threat of terrorism had returned to France. A wave of attacks has shaken the country since 2015, after assaults in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery killed 17 people in Paris and then 130 at the Bataclan concert hall in the French capital.(Updates with details from prosecutor’s news conference from first paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Angeline Benoit in Paris at abenoit4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lukas Strobl at lstrobl@bloomberg.net, Zoe Schneeweiss, James AmottFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Terrorism charge filed against man who crashed car into Woodfield Mall near Chicago

Terrorism charge filed against man who crashed car into Woodfield Mall near ChicagoThe man who slammed his SUV into a suburban Chicago mall has been formally charged with terrorism and criminal damage to property, authorities said.



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U.S. judge rules terrorism watchlist violates constitutional rights: NY Times

U.S. judge rules terrorism watchlist violates constitutional rights: NY TimesA U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday that a federal government database of people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those placed on the watchlist, the New York Times reported. Several thousand U.S. citizens are among the more than 1 million people on the list, which can keep people off planes and block them from entering the United States. U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of 19 Muslim U.S. citizens who challenged the watchlist, the Times said.



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ACLU criticizes bill criminalizing domestic terrorism

ACLU criticizes bill criminalizing domestic terrorismThe American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose a bill that targets white supremacist groups by criminalizing domestic terrorism. The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump administration to target and discriminate against the very communities Congress hopes to protect. "People of color and other marginalized communities have long been targeted under domestic terrorism authorities for unfair and discriminatory surveillance, investigations, and prosecutions," the civil rights group said in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, and Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking Republican member.



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San Francisco Labels NRA a ‘Domestic Terrorism Organization’

San Francisco Labels NRA a ‘Domestic Terrorism Organization’The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorism organization” due to its opposition to more stringent gun-control legislation.The resolution accuses the NRA of not only resisting legislative reforms that its drafters believe would help curtail the country's "epidemic of gun violence,” but also of "incit[ing] gun owners to acts of violence.”“All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence,” the resolution says.The resolution also declares the Board's intent to "limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization.” It was drafted following a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last month that resulted in the deaths of three people, according to local Fox affiliate KTVU.The NRA responded to the provocation by accusing the Board of seeking to distract from the city's shortcomings.“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few,” the statement said, according to KTVU. “The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.”The partisan battle over gun control has escalated in recent weeks due to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and, most recently, Odessa and Midland, Texas.Congressional Democrats and their colleagues seeking the presidency continue to demand universal-background-check legislation. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, remains hesitant to endorse any specific legislation but said Tuesday that he would be eager to support any reforms backed by the White House.



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Mexico pushes U.S. to designate El Paso shooting an act of terrorism

Mexico pushes U.S. to designate El Paso shooting an act of terrorismMexico’s government on Wednesday amplified its assertion that the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, was an act of terrorism against Mexicans, urging the United States to ensure the attack was designated as such. Speaking after meetings on Tuesday between U.S. and Mexican government officials about the incident, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a regular government news conference that steps needed to be taken to prevent future killings. “It’s very important to persevere, to specify, clarify and demand that measures are taken so that this is not repeated, and the first measure is to classify it for what it is, an act of terrorism that seeks to take Mexican lives,” Ebrard said.



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US homeland security chief: Racism is fueling some terrorism

US homeland security chief: Racism is fueling some terrorismWhite supremacist ideology is helping fuel domestic terrorism in the United States, the head of Homeland Security said Tuesday. Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan appeared in Jackson, Mississippi, for a forum about preventing violence against religious groups. "The attack in El Paso and the violent white supremacist ideology that inspired it offends us all," McAleenan said Tuesday.



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Republican Sen. Martha McSally wants to make domestic terrorism a federal crime

Republican Sen. Martha McSally wants to make domestic terrorism a federal crimeArizona Sen. Martha McSally wants to create law in the federal criminal code to address domestic terrorism after mass shootings in El Paso and Gilroy.



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UPDATE 5-Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorism

UPDATE 5-Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorismHong Kong’s airport halted flights on Monday, blaming demonstrators for the disruption, while China said the anti-government protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to show “sprouts of terrorism”. The airport authority said it was working with airlines to resume flights from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, but the developments raised the stakes sharply after a weekend of skirmishes during which both activists and police toughened their stances.



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The El Paso shooting has reignited a debate over whether the federal government has a double-standard when it comes to white nationalist terrorism

The El Paso shooting has reignited a debate over whether the federal government has a double-standard when it comes to white nationalist terrorismThe government has been unable to address homegrown extremism because of civil liberties concerns and because the US has no domestic terrorism law.



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