Sochi Update: Russia to Punish Families of Potential Terrorists
January 25, 2014
Gitmo is a vacation paradise compared to what the Russians have planned for terrorists ...
In what may have been borrowed from the Israeli playbook, Russia has made it abundantly clear to wannabe martyrs for Mohammed — if you kill yourself in a terrorist attack, your family will face the consequences ... and pay dearly.
In a story that has slowly become known to the West since the bloody Islamic Jihadist attack on a school in Beslan, Russia in 2004, and most recently in Volgograd (the former Stalingrad of World War II fame), the Moscow authorities are cracking down in a fashion that have more than a few American and European Beta Males squirming in their jammies.
Sources ranging from the Wall Street-friendly Business Insider to the very left-of-center Think Progress to the US Government-ran Stars and Stripes have all noted a strategy that may not suit all palates, especially those of well-fed and even more protected self-proclaimed civil libertarians.
Described by some as "heavy-handed," authorities from the Russian Federation have ordered that no protests or rallies that coincide with the Olympics will be tolerated.
Period. Full stop. No further discussion.
The honchos in Moscow have also been very up-front in announcing they will electronically monitor all forms of communication during the Olympics, to include those of locals, visitors and the athletes and coaches themselves.
The decidedly liberal The Guardian (of London, UK) has hammered the Russian e-eavesdropping as "the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games."
Russian Security Forces are free to monitor all telephone and internet traffic, even going as far as tracking "the use of sensitive words or phrases mentioned in emails, web chats and on social media."
Officials also gave the official thumbs-up to start collecting DNA samples from "religiously conservative" Muslim women, giving particular attention to those residing in the North Caucasus region, noted as a hotbed of a particularly savage brand of jihad.
Not exactly shy of proving no one is safe from their wrath, homegrown Islamists attacked a school in Beslan, Russia in 2004, butchering 338 civilians, 172 of the dead were children.
Britain's Sky News reported that in response to terrorist attacks in Volgograd, "security forces have blown up the homes of attackers’ relatives, sealed off mountain villages and rounded up young men suspected of having ties to armed fighters."
It has been speculated that the DNA samples taken recently is in the event of an attack at Sochi, recovered DNA from the remains of the jihadist would leave a marker to their family members, who would in turn face the wrath of a vengeful Moscow.
Star and Stripes managed to track down someone with somewhat credible credentials when they quoted Mark Galeotti, a professor of global affairs at New York University, that somehow this must be Russia's fault.
As Galeotti said of the crackdown in Chechnya, Russia has "galvanized jihadism in the region."
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