Sunday, 28 July 2013
Honestly, it was hard to believe. But it's a reality that Colonel Pascal Rolez, deputy sub-director of Counter-intelligence at the Office for protection of security and defence [Direction de la protection et de la Sécurité de la Défense (DPSD)], did not hide during a round table organised as part of the 5th parliamentary national security meetings, an account of which has just been published in Défense&Stratégie.

After having discussed the surveillance of jihadist networks on the internet, the debate focused on the phenomenon of the radicalisation of certain individuals. But the latter doesn't necessarily happen via this mode of communication.

And “it has also become one of the major working concerns of the DPSD," it says in the written account. And Colonel Rolez explains: “Our focus today has become the struggle against islamist terrorism. We are noting an increase in radicalisation among members of the French military, especially after the Merah case”. Recall that the killer on the scooter in Toulouse killed three soldiers in cold blood, two of whom were Muslims.

To identify soldiers who are on the path to radicalisation, the DPSD takes into account changes in clothing, repeatedly taking time off work for reasons of sickness, trips abroad and even thefts of equipment.

It remains to be seen how broad the scope of the phenomenon is. In 2009, Sirpa Terre [tn: military communications service] confirmed the report that 5 volunteer soldiers in the army refused to go to Afghanistan for "religious reasons". Which, in relation to numbers at the time, was almost a non-event.

Sirpa Terre then explained that these cases indicated "an error of comprehension regarding their commitment which consists of bearing arms for France to defend its interests and its values at all times and in all places."

Whatever it is, this tendency is worrying the DPSD. “We regularly assist the DCRI [tn: domestic intelligence agency] in their operations against terrorist cells because very often, unfortunately, in these cells, or around them, we find French soldiers," indicated Colonel Rolez.


Maria José said...

Los inmigrantes amenazan con dañar a niños para llegar a Melilla

Embarcan en las pateras a mujeres y niños para poder negociar con las autoridades su entrada en el país.

A veces amenazan con arrojar a los pequeños de las pateras o con prenderles fuego.

Anonymous said...

Almost a decade ago it was estimated that the French military comprised approximately 15% Moslems and there have been cases in the years since of Moslems refusing to fight with French forces deployed in Islamic countries. No one can say they didn't see this coming but it is staggering, nonetheless, after all this time and all the correct information about Islam available in print and online, to find such ignorance within the bodies charged with their nation's defence. As for looking for signs of 'radicalisation' (clothing etc) it's a legitimate point but without a clear understanding of Islamic mandated deceit (Taqiyya and Kitman), Moslems will have the upper hand as they do in Afghanistan where US and British military seem to be caught surprised by Moslem 'turncoats' unexpected Jihad.

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