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"The "cultural" battle against al Qaeda’s ideology had been "undervalued" in recent years" as he pledged to visit the Middle East in a bid to help the peace process.
both sides of the Atlantic were "as one" in confronting extremism...
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Brown declared as he unveiled new measures to tackle the extremist threat. Secret intelligence will be used for the first time to freeze suspect assets, target "dubious" charities, and tougher rules imposed on bureaux de change, he said.
Mr. Brown announced the Treasury crackdown in a speech to foreign affairs think tank in which he also set out his broader approach to the nation's security.
Still the favorite to become Prime Minister within the year - he again warned that controversial moves to hold suspects for 90 days without charge could be revived...
Until now, only "open" intelligence could be used to justify freezing assets, but the new powers would help speed up the process, Mr. Brown said. "Our aim is simple: just as no safe haven should exist for terrorists, no hiding place should exist for those that finance terrorism," he told the meeting of Chatham House.
He added: "We cannot now risk waiting for someone to commit an act. Indeed it would be a failure of our duty to protect people to do so."
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