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‘You are not safe’: Muslim woman claims airport security asked her …

A Muslim woman filmed airport security staff in Rome telling her to remove her hijab and be inspected because she was “not safe”. Aghnia Adzkia was returning to London, where she is a student, after visiting friends in the Italian capital when the row broke out. She said staff initially asked her to remove her hijab at the security gate at Ciampino airport.

When Aghnia, who is from Indonesia, refused she was eventually offered the option of going to a private room with a female security officer to be checked. But she felt she had been racially profiled by security and asked them to explain why the hijab inspection was necessary.

Muslim woman films her row with airport security over hijab inspection

Aghnia filmed part of the argument in which a female security agent can be heard saying: “You are not safe.

“You could hide something in your hair.

“If you don’t take it off, we do not know if there’s something inside, okay ? You are not safe for us.”

Aghnia decided to abandon her flight as she was already late for boarding and re-booked a flight from another of Rome’s airport’s, Leanardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino.

But she was again asked to remove her hijab by security. This time she opted to comply. Posting on social media about her experience, Aghnia said: “I wanted to prove to them that I have nothing to hide and I am not a terrorist.

A female airport security agent tells Aghnia: “You are not safe for us”

“In the meantime I saw two nuns wearing headscarves, but they weren’t asked to take them off.

“Is this what you call fair treatment and respect ?

Where are my human rights?”

But an official at the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) argued that, when in Rome, Aghnia should have complied with the security officers’ wishes.

Airport policies on removing items of religious clothing vary in different countries and airports.

Aghnia claims she was racially profiled as she saw two nuns wearing headscarves walk through security unchecked

In the UK, government advice issued in 2010 states that Some female visitors, particularly those of the Muslim faith, will wear veils or other face coverings for religious reasons.

“They must not be made to uncover their faces or hair in public or in front of a man as this could cause serious offence and distress.

“When required for security or identification purposes, the removal of the veil or face covering must be done in private with only female staff present.

“Following the removal of headwear, the person must be given the opportunity to use a mirror, and to have privacy and time to put it back on.”

London attack a reminder of fears for post-Brexit security cooperation

BRUSSELS Hours before Wednesday’s attack in London, the head of the European Union police agency Europol warned that a large group of radicalised individuals posed a constant threat to Britain and Europe.

“Some of these are likely to succeed in the future,” Rob Wainwright, who is British, wrote in a blog to commemorate the attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people on March 22, 2016.

In the year between those incidents and the attack that killed three people and injured dozens near Britain’s parliament, European security officials say intelligence sharing on potential threats has increased 10-fold.

More work is being done to tighten security by streamlining databases, clamping down on identity fraud and making reporting of suspicious individuals obligatory.

Britain is one of the top three users of Europol data . But as it leaves the EU, there is a risk that it will be shut out of this cooperation, becoming more vulnerable to Islamist radicals who have killed 300 people across Europe over the past two years.

The suspect in the London attack was British-born, and Britain is not part of the EU’s open-border Schengen zone . But London still shares with its EU peers fears – and information – about Islamists, often radicalised online, returning home after going to train or fight with jihadists in the Middle East, North Africa or Afghanistan.

British security officials warned parliament last year of the dangers of leaving Europol and the agreement covering the European Arrest Warrant, which requires all EU governments to arrest a suspect wanted in another EU country.


A year ago, when she was interior minister, Theresa May said that Britain’s close intelligence relationship with the United States “does not mean we would be as safe (outside the EU) as if we remain”.

May, now prime minister, said the Warrant had enabled Britain to extradite more than 5,000 people in the previous five years.

Being outside Europol, which was founded in 1998 to help combat organised crime, cybercrime and militant groups across borders, would leave Britain reliant on individual links with each of the other 27 EU governments, former officials say.

Before Europol existed, coordination was done “on the basis of who you knew and who you could ring up”, according to Bill Hughes, ex-director-general of Britain’s now defunct Serious Organised Crime Agency . He told parliament it was a “labyrinthine exercise”.

Besides Europol, Britain is also party to intelligence-sharing protocols of the Schengen agreement, and to a deal to exchange airline passenger data between EU security forces.

EU diplomats have refused to discuss Britain’s future defence and security cooperation until London triggers the formal exit proceedings, but one senior British diplomat said the government was likely to seek a “special relationship”.

“The European Union is not good at involving third parties and we need to be able to talk intimately,” the diplomat said.

May, expected to start two-year EU exit proceedings next Wednesday, has said she wants to retain a close relationship with the EU on security and defence, and the EU has expressed similar sentiments, but tensions are apparent.

She said in January that Britain’s intelligence capabilities were “unique in Europe” and that its military and counter-terrorism resources should help it to secure a better exit deal.

But EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is dismissive. “Security cannot be weighed off against economic and commercial interests,” he said in a speech in Brussels on Wednesday.


Britain does already have additional bilateral security agreements with fellow EU members France and Germany, as well as the long-standing “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing pact with the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

But cooperation agreements between Europol and non-EU countries Russia, Turkey and Ukraine took several years to negotiate, and there are limits on what data can be shared.

Under EU agreements, transferring fingerprints and DNA data can take minutes . With Britain outside the EU, the Global Risk Insights think-tank says it could take months.

Some critics do note that information-sharing within the EU is still far for perfect .

While France and Germany have large, well-staffed intelligence agencies, years of neglect in Belgium’s secret services were exposed by last year’s airport and metro blasts.

And militant Anis Amri, who killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin last December, was on watch lists but still managed to avoid detection by using 14 different aliases in different countries.

However, the recent attacks have pushed the EU to try to plug gaps with a proposal in December to make it obligatory for states to issue alerts on individuals who pose a potential threat, and to float a plan to build a shared database of biometric data, such as fingerprints.

Claude Moraes, a Briton who chairs the European Parliament’s Liberty, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, said the stakes for Britain were high: “We need to have a much tougher discussion about what it is we are going to lose.”

(Additional reporting by Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels and Guy Falconbridge in London; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Trump Picks Retired Marine General as Homeland Security Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen . John F . Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, news organizations reported1 Wednesday. If nominated and confirmed, Kelly would join a Cabinet that is already well represented by military figures. Trump has announced retired Marine Gen. James N .

Mattis2 for secretary of defense and retired Army Lt . Gen. Michael T . Flynn3 for national security adviser.

That would be the third general in the top echelon of the emerging Trump administration, indicating his preference for military experience, expertise, and accountability, CBS News reporter Major Garrett said4 in discussing Trump s choice of Kelly. Kelly has served for over 40 years5 in the military and recently retired from his role as commander of U.S . Southern Command, or Southcom.

U.S . Southern Command, according to the Department of Defense6, oversees all Defense Department security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea, an area of 16 million square miles. In this role, Kelly acknowledged the widespread issue of drug trafficking and said he believes in continuing a partnership with Colombia to end drug trafficking, a debate he will likely have to revisit during confirmation hearings for the Department of Homeland Security job.

Let s not throw away a success story, Kelly said7 during a Pentagon news conference in January, speaking about Colombia s partnership with the U.S . in fighting drug trafficking, according to an articl8e published by the Defense Department . We have to stand and continue Plan Colombia, in my opinion, for another 10 years.

Plan Colombia, established by Congress in 20009, is a cooperative alliance with Colombia that works to combat drugs, guerrilla violence, and social issues. Kelly also says that he is devoted to fighting terrorism, and that attacks similar to 9/11 are likely to happen again.

Given the opportunity to do another 9/11, our vicious enemy would do it today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter, Kelly said10 in 2013 during a Memorial Day address, according to a tweet by a Washington Post reporter.

I don t know why they hate us, and frankly I don t care, but they do hate us and are driven irrationally to our destruction, Kelly said11. Kelly s dedication to the military has not come without sacrifices, however.

Kelly s son, Marine 1st Lt . Robert Michael Kelly, died after he stepped on a concealed bomb in Afghanistan in 2010, making the senior Kelly the highest-ranking military officer to lose a son or daughter in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to The New York Times12. During his son s funeral, Kelly said that terrorism is an enemy that is as savage as any that ever walked the earth, the Los Angeles Times13 reported. Kelly reaffirmed his commitment14 to fighting terrorism during a speech he gave in 2013 at the 5th Marine Regiment Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial dedication ceremony at Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden in Camp Pendleton, California . The memorial honors those who died while serving with 3rd Battalion and 5th Marines in Afghanistan15, including Kelly s son.

Our nation is still at war, and I think will be for years, if not decades to come, Kelly said16 .

It may be inconvenient to some, but I think it is reality . It is not in our power to end it but simply to fight it until our murderous enemy who hates us with visceral disgust for everything we stand for either gives up or we kill them.


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