Attorney General Holder calls on Europe to adopt U.S. counterterrorism methods
The FBI has actively tracked individuals who expressed interest in joining terrorist groups or attacking America since the attacks on September 11, 2001. In some instances, prosecutors arrested suspected terrorists before they boarded international flights or engaged with other terrorists, charging the suspected terrorists with providing support to terrorist groups, Homeland Security Newswire reports.
One of the FBI's most criticized tactics is when the agency uses undercover agents to engage with would-be terrorists and offers to help plan the attack. The undercover agent supplies the would-be terrorists with fake weapons before the FBI makes an arrest at the scene of the would-be crime. The FBI said sting operations catch dangerous individuals before they hurt anyone.
Holder suggested European countries adopt similar counterterrorism laws to halt the flow of foreigners fighting in Syria alongside Islamist militants. Counterterrorism officials report that approximately 7,000 foreigners, including dozens of Americans, have traveled to Syria to fight against Syrian forces.
"In the face of a threat so grave, we cannot afford to be passive," Holder said, according to Homeland Security Newswire. "Rather, we need the benefit of investigative and prosecutorial tools that allow us to be pre-emptive in our approach to confronting this problem."
Holder offered to help European countries draft laws that give governments the authority to prosecute possible terrorists before they launch attacks. France and Norway have adopted and implemented such counterterrorism laws, Homeland Security Newswire reports.
"If we wait for our nations' citizens to travel to Syria or Iraq, to become radicalized, and to return home, it may be too late to adequately protect our national security," Holder said, according to Homeland Security Newswire.