In the wake of the March 19 massacre at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse of four French Jews--three of them children--by self-proclaimed Al Qaeda supporter Mohammed Merah, who died three days later in a shootout with security forces, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says that if he is re-elected his first act will be to pass controversial anti-terrorism measures that target both online radicalization and radicalization in foreign training centers.
Le Figaro in English reports:
Sarkozy will probably base these internet anti-terrorism measures off of anti-internet pornography measures. A 2007 French law gives anyone who looks at child pornography online on a habitual basis up to two years in prison and a fine of up to €30,000. This law aims to target people who access these images without saving them on their hard drives.French anti-terrorism officials are already using a European platform to track Islamist and terrorist Web sites as well as their users. The Loppsi 2 law also allows officials to bug the computers of perpetrators of serious crimes to keep tabs on what sites they visit.The new measures would allow a suspect to be arrested just on the basis of what sites they visit….
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