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Tracing the path of terror home - Transnational Crime and Thailand

Discussion in 'General News from Thailand' started by Stamp, 26 Feb 2017.

  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    • 26 Feb 2017 at 05:00
    The government has made clear its intention to make Thailand a Southeast Asian hub. Whether that means building a high-tech industry base or adopting leadership in aviation design, the idea of becoming a regional hub has been marketed with mass appeal.

    However, the idea of the country as a "hub" does not necessarily denote a good thing.

    Recent security reports have raised concerns about Thailand becoming a hub of another kind. Reports obtained by the Bangkok Post reveal that several criminal suspects in Thailand have potential links to fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) and Al-Qaeda, the multinational militant organisation founded by Osama bin Laden.

    The fear that follows is that Thailand could become a new hub -- a meeting point -- for terror groups transiting in the region.

    A further security agency says that Thailand is also being used as a base for producing counterfeit passports. These passports can be used to more easily carry out a range of transnational crimes, from terrorism to human trafficking, as well as arms smuggling.

    Suspicion about a "secret training base" near the border of Tak province's Mae Sot district also lingers. A foreign intelligence agency found several illegal activities to be taking place in the area, including bomb making.

    The findings prompted a security team to travel to Mae Sot to investigate.

    There, in an area between Myanmar town Myawaddy and Mae Sot district, investigators found a space being used as an ostensible training ground. The source did not elaborate on what led them to this impression, but it did lead the military to release a statement that it plans to launch a mission to "weed out" any militant activities seen as a threat to Thailand.


    Tracing the path of terror home | Bangkok Post: news

    An interesting article about transnational crimes and Thailand.
     
  2. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA Well-Known Member

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    If you look at Thailand's nominal GDP compared to its neighbors, you see that Thailand is doing well--which might come as a surprise. Thailand comes in 28th place in the world--ahead of both Austria and Denmark!

    Tourism is a big part of that, as we all know. But the demographics have changed, and not in a good way, in my opinion. Remember the days when there were very few Russians in Thailand? Few Iranians? Few Gulf arabs? This demographic shift is putting the country in danger.

    The lax rules and lax enforcement, the take-it-easy attitude, the cameras that don't work, the inertia, the borders that lead into noman's land, the number of stangers who pass in and out, the corruption--it makes Thailand a destination of choice for professional criminals. That is why its relationships with foreign law enforcement and intelligence agenceis are critical.

    Thailand needs to step up its cooperation with Western and Middle Eastern governments because the threat is real. Actually, Thailand is well-positioned on the human intell side of the house because part of the population in the south is Muslim. It might be time to get the human intell ball rolling: send some Thai Muslim moles into places like Syria and Iraq, etc.

    Sabaii Dee
    (Salaam Allahkum)
     
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