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Italy arrests 141 in anti-terror sweep

[JURIST] Italy has arrested 141 people in an ongoing security sweep [JURIST report], begun expulsion procedures against 701 people, and questioned almost 33,000 people since last month's terrorist attacks in London and Egypt, Italy's Ministry of the Interior [official website, in Italian] announced Monday. According to the Ministry's press release [in Italian], the country has received several internet threats allegedly from Islamic militant groups, and the ministry stated evaluations "confirm an ongoing high risk of a terrorist attack on our country." Parliament eased the government's powers to combat terrorism last month by passing legislation [Reuters report] easing deportation, increasing penalties for terror-related crimes, and approving greater surveillance of internet and telephone communications. While civil libertarians criticize the extension of state power as infringing on civil rights, members of the center-right coalition claim Italy is not prepared to respond in the event of an actual attack. Reuters has more.

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