PREMIUMNew BNPT chief faces tough challenge of ending deradicalization behind bars

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook The new National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief is facing tough challenges to step up campaigns against violent extremism and the spread of radicalism behind bars.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated last week police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new BNPT head replacing fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had led the BNPT since 2016.Terrorism expert Noor Huda Ismail said deradicalization efforts in overcrowded prisons across the country, which had become fertile ground for terrorists to recruit and learn from each other, should be Boy’s main focus in curbing the spread of terrorism.“In prisons, the BNPT should join hands with prison guards, who interact with them [the terror convicts] on a daily basis. The BNPT should build the capacity of these [guards to provide counternarratives],” Noor said. “The BNPT should c… BNPT-chief bnpt #BNPT deradicalization #Deradicalization terrorism #Terrorism inmates #prison Linkedin Google Topics : Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

AG targets pot group

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill has filed court documents to shut down the First Church of Cannabis. The Indianapolis-based group formed in 2015 claiming the right to smoke pot was a religious liberty.“This case is a story of a political crusade turned legal stunt,” Attorney General Hill said. “RFRA was never intended to protect illegal conduct masquerading as religious faith. Even if this were a bona fide religion in which the plaintiffs sincerely believed, the state’s compelling interest in protecting public health and safety from the dangers of drug abuse would override the plaintiffs’ desire to treat marijuana as some kind of sacrament.”In July of this year the “church” celebrated a two-year anniversary and only 11 “worshippers” attended. Unconfirmed reports suggest the organization is struggling financially and might fold soon. The group operates from a building at 3400 South Rural Street.last_img read more

Open burning restriced in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. —  Taking affect tomorrow at noon, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.All Category 2 or Category 3 fires must be extinguished by then.Specifically, prohibited activities will include the burning of any waste, slash or other materials, stubble or grass fires of any size over any area, and the use of burning barrels, sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks, and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved.- Advertisement -This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.This prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.Anyone found trying to contravene the prohibition could be issued a violation ticket of $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000. If convicted in court, they could be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.Advertisement “If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs,” a press release from the Prince George Fire Centre states.Because of drier than normal conditions this spring, the prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.last_img read more