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Cable 377: 2004 US Embassy Report on Terrorism in Brazil

Cable 377: 2004 US Embassy Report on Terrorism in Brazil

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This is a 2004 US embassy report on security and counter-terrorism in Brazil.
This is a 2004 US embassy report on security and counter-terrorism in Brazil.

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BRASILIA 003095SUBJECT: BRAZIL: 2004 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT
Ref: State 245841
----------------------------PATTERNS OF GLOBAL TERRORISM ----------------------------
¶1. (U) Triborder Area (Argentina, Brazil, andParaguay)(Please review with submissions from other TBAposts.)The Triborder area (TBA) -- where Argentina,Brazil, and Paraguay converge -- has beencharacterized as a regional hub for Hizballah andHAMAS fundraising activities. However, the regionmore widely known as a center for arms and drugtrafficking, contraband smuggling, document andcurrency fraud, money laundering, and themanufacture and movement of pirated goods. Althoughthere continued to be reports during 2004 of an al-Qaida presence in the TBA, these reports remaineduncorroborated by intelligence and law-enforcementofficials.
 
2. (U) In December 2004, senior level U.S.officials attended a meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay,of the Tripartite Commission of the TripleFrontier, a security mechanism established bythe three TBA countries in 1998. The "Three PlusOne" group (the three TBA countries plus the UnitedStates) serves as a continuing forum for fosteringcooperation and terrorism prevention among the fourcountries. Participants concluded that availableinformation did not substantiate allegations ofoperational activities by terrorist groups in theTBA at the present time. International terroristfinancing and money laundering with roots in theTBA remain an area of heightened concern. Theparties agreed to conduct a concerted effort tofoster legitimate economic activity in the TBA.¶3. (U) Brazil continues to extend practical andeffective support for US counter-terrorism efforts.For example, the Government of Brazil diligentlypursues investigative leads provided by USintelligence, law enforcement, and financialagencies regarding terrorist suspects.4. (U) Although the Government of Brazil iscommitted to the fight against terrorism, lack ofresources and inadequately trained personnelhampers its response. The United States continuesto work with Brazil in several bilateral,multilateral, and international forums to identifygroups and individuals suspected of possible linksto terrorist groups. Specialists from the UnitedStates work with elements of the BrazilianGovernment responsible for combating terrorism,including the Federal Police and the Brazilian
 
Intelligence Service. Brazil is increasinglycapable of monitoring domestic financial operationsand effectively utilizes its Financial ActivitiesOversight Council (COAF) to identify possiblefunding sources for terrorist groups. Recentbilateral assistance and training provided by theUSG to COAF emphasized upgrades to its database anddata collection mechanism. In January 2005, theBrazilian Federal Police will inaugurate a RegionalField Office in Foz do Iguacu, Parana, tocoordinate its intelligence and enforcement effortsin the TBA.5. (U) Since taking office in January 2003,Brazilian President Ignacio Lula da Silva hasvigorously condemned terrorism. The Lulaadministration, however, does not acknowledge thepresence of terrorist groups on Brazilian soil andinsists that no identifiable terrorist incidentshave occurred in the country. In 2003, theBrazilian Chamber of Deputies passed a bill oncyber- crime aimed at preventing terrorist hackattacks, however the bill continues to languish inthe Brazilian Senate.¶6. (U) There are no significant impediments tothe prosecution or extradition of suspectedterrorists by Brazil, although Brazil's legalprocedures are often tedious and protracted.Brazilian law prohibits the extradition ofBrazilian citizens and allows only very measuredand careful consideration for the extradition ofnaturalized citizens (for previous crimes and drugtrafficking only) and foreigners (for all butideological or political crimes).

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