Saturday, December 20, 2014

Intelligence Service listened in to Law Office

The general intelligence service AIVD has frequently listened in to the phone conversations of the law office Prakken d’Oliveira in Amsterdam. The office defended inter alia many people suspected of terror activities. According to the lawyers this has been confirmed by Minister of the Interior Ronald Plasterk. The commission of supervision of intelligence services CTIVD has concluded that the AIVD has acted wrongly by transcribing also conversations which were irrelevant to its investigations of terrorism.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Head of Intelligence Service: Jihadis are as Dutch as Wooden Shoes

Rob Bertholee, the head of the Dutch General Intelligence service AIVD has said at a congress in the United Sates that most of the Dutch jihadis who travel to Syria or Iraq are as Dutch as wooden shoes and windmills. Nevertheless they radicalize. Bertholee remarked that the jihadis come out of all layers of Dutch society, including very good families. Some have a university degree. There was even a medical doctor among them. He added that there are also criminal elements among them. Bertholee observed:  “once seven jihadis from one town left simultaneously and the crime figures thereupon decreased. Bertholee also mentioned culture conflicts, saying: “many are not accepted in Dutch society as Dutch nor among Dutch Moroccans as Moroccans.”  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Number of Homeless in the Netherlands Is Increasing

The Federatie Opvang in Amersfoort says that the number of homeless has increased in 2013 to over 60,000 people.  In 2012, the number was close to 58,000, and in 2010, it was 55,000.  The organization says that the new homeless are not people with psychological problems, but rather people who lose their home due to debts, unemployment or a too-high mortgage.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most Dutch Cannabis Is Exported

A study done by the Scientific Research and Documentation Center (WODC) has found that 95% of cannabis grown in the Netherlands is exported. Even if cannabis becomes legal within the Netherlands, the issue of the criminality involved will not be solved.  These findings are a big disappointment for those who want to legalize the growing of cannabis because their argument, that with legalization the criminality ends, has been found worthless.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dutch Nato Headquarters Possible Target of Muslim Terrorists

The Dutch Nato headquarters in the town of Brunssum are a possible target of Muslim terrorists. Mayor Luc Winants of the town confirms that he has been briefed about that. Fifteen hundred people work at the site. Additional security measures have been taken. Parliamentarian Joram Van Klaveren (VNL) has asked clarification about this issue from the Ministers of Defense and Safety and Justice.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Parliamentary Opposition Attacks Lack of Information on Tax Deals

Four opposition parties say that the Minister of Finance refuses to give parliament an insight on deals the Tax Authority makes with international companies, such as Starbuck’s and Google.  This prevents parliament from properly functioning and controlling the Ministry of Finance.  It also creates lack of confidence in the fiscal authorities and what they promise individual companies in exchange for having them establish a commercial base in the Netherlands.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Amsterdam Killings Make Criminals Flee the Country

A number of leading criminals have left Amsterdam for abroad in order to avoid the murders occurring in Amsterdam.  This was said by Chief Police Commissioner Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg in an AT5 program.  He added that there is a very large territory outside the Netherlands where criminals can go into hiding.  The program in which the Chief Police Commissioner spoke dealt with the current wave in Amsterdam of murders of criminals by other criminals.