Summary of the 2016 US Threat Assessment

The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community (the “Report“) prepared by the Director of National Intelligence on February 9, 2016, is a very interesting read from a counter-terrorism perspective, and essential reading for any bank in respect of assessing client and regional risks. Generally, the Report is dead on in respect of the [...]

Defector from UK to Islamic State releases e-book that sheds some light on trade-based terrorist financing

Ebook on ISIS An ISIS defector from the UK has published an e-book called “A Brief Guide to the Islamic State” (2015 Edition) that is posted on a popular social media site used by ISIS to publish propaganda, called Internet Archive. The Guide is consistent with ISIS terrorist propaganda messages: it gives information on life [...]

Canada’s New Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 – Bill C51

1. New Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 The Government of Canada introduced its anticipated anti-terrorism legislation in Parliament. Bill C-51, entitled “An Act to Enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act” … (the “Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015“) which is intended to arm the government with broader powers to address the increasing threat of [...]

UK’s proposed controversial counter-terrorism law deals with home-grown terrorists and their return, including permitting forced relocation of suspects

Admittedly, infringing rights to uphold democracy Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime The UK’s tough and controversial new counter-terrorism legislation is slated to be reviewed by the House of Lords on Monday before being given Royal Assent in an expedited fashion. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (HC 127) is intended to address [...]

Canada introduces anticipated Protection of Canada From Terrorists Act

New Anti-Terrorism Measures Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Certified Financial Crime Specialist Follow @cduhaime The Government of Canada released its proposed new anti-terrorism legislation today, entitled the Protection of Canada From Terrorists Act, Bill C-44 (the “PCFT“). The material part of the PCTF amends the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and is quite short. It does as follows: [...]

Germany lists ISIS as terrorist group; ISIS planning cyber attack on critical infrastructure

ISIS Listed as Terrorist Group & readies for critical infrastructure attack on West Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime On Friday, Germany  listed ISIS as a terrorist organization. The listing bans all activities that support ISIS in Germany, including displaying the organization’s flag. In terms of anti-money laundering [...]

Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act comes info force in Canada

As anticipated, the federal Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act (the “Act“) came into force in Canada on March 13, 2013 without much fanfare. The Act creates a cause of action that allows victims of terrorism to sue natural and legal persons (and of particular interest, listed entities) and certain foreign states, in a Canadian court for loss [...]