Police given temporary powers to seize passports at UK borders of Britons suspected of travelling to fight with terror groups. (Sept. 1)
Parliamentary Recording Unit - AP CLIENTS ONLY
London - September 1, 2014
1. SOUNDBITE (English) David Cameron, British Prime Minister:
"Turning to the terrorist threat we face here in the UK, we have all been shocked and sickened by the barbarism we witness in Iraq this summer. The widespread slaughter of muslims by fellow muslims - the vicious persecution of religious minorities, the enslavement and raping of women, and of course the beheading of the American journalist James Foley, with the voice of what seems to have been a British terrorist recorded on that video. The European Counsil could not be clearer and I qoute, the European Councel believes that the creation of an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria - and the Islamist extremism exported of terrorism, by which its based - is a direct threat to every european country.
On Friday, the independent joint terrorism analysis center, increased the threat level to the UK, from substantial to severe. We now believe at least 500 people have traveled from Britaian to fight in the region, this is in addition to 700 from France, 400 from Germany and hundreds more from countries including America, Canada ...
The counsel agreed to coordinate action in cracking down on those traveling to fight in Syria and Iraq and making sure that all European countries are taking necessary steps to tackle this problem of radicalization. We should be clear about the root cause of this threat - a poisonous ideaology of islamic extremism which believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism - to force people to accept a warped world view, and to live in a medieval state. And we should be clear that this is nothing to do with Islam, which is a religion peacefully observed and freely observed by over a billion people and one that inspired countless acts of kindness every day."
David Cameron is unveiling a new package of legislation in the House of Commons today.
Talks with the Liberal Democrats, his partners in the governing coalition, stretched into late morning in hopes of finalizing a deal.
Measures under consideration include powers to take away passports from British citizens, though senior members of the Lib Dems have warned such measures may be illegal _ even if they are temporary.
The moves come after Cameron pledged to plug gaps in Britain's defenses to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.