More anti-terror measures possible

Government leaders are considering additional anti-terror measures after British police uncover a plot to blow up nearly a dozen airliners

The recent anti-terror sting executed by British police highlights the need for extra vigilance, PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a press conference Friday.

'We need to be on our toes and give intelligence services the necessary tools in the future,' he said.

Rasmussen added that, while the threat of terror is present, he did not believe Denmark faced a heightened risk.

'There is nothing to indicate that the threat of terror has gotten closer to Denmark, but we are following the development closely and are in close contact with British authorities and police.'

The minister of justice, Lene Espersen, offered reassurances that Denmark is well- prepared to counter terrorist threats.

'There is no need for panic,' said Espersen. 'We have a heightened state of alert in Denmark, just as the rest of Europe. That's because we know that there are people in Denmark who would like to use terror to achieve their goals.'

She did not rule out, however, that it might be necessary to prove the Security Intelligence Service (PET) with additional tools.

'You have to accept that in efforts to fight terror, there is a continuous need to update technology. And it doesn't do any good if PET is only able to listen to telephone conversations on landlines. There is a need for continuous adjustments to be one step ahead of terrorists.'

Denmark's first anti-terror strategy has already been implemented and two committees are currently in the midst of considering what additional steps need to be taken. The committees' reports are expected by autumn and will form the basis for any additional anti-terror legislation.

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