The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) is arguably one of the best counterterrorism units in the world. The bureau’s central duties include counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, preventing internal security threats within the nation, pre-emptive security work and guard work, according to its official website.
It also participates in cracking down on international crime and provides expert services for industrial counter-intelligence and personal background checks. For example, refugees are investigated by Supo to determine whether or not they are under persecution in their home country, and Finnish corporations may request assistance in the prevention of industrial espionage.
Now Supo has revealed that it is actively monitoring the Islamic State group, aka: ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
Officials sources indicate than more than 50 individuals have exited Finland in route to join the Islamic State group in Syria. Of these about two thirds are Finnish citizens. Sources say that the “flow” of individuals continues unabated. The flow of individuals began 24 months ago and has resulted in a heightened terrorism warning in that country.
The Islamic State group (ISIS) systematically invites foreigners to join its ranks via the internet – such websites acts as conduits or recruitment tools.
Officials indicate that about one fifth of those who have gone to Syria to join ISIS are women (and some children).
There is also some indication that ISIS terrorist are using “Tor” and other sites to communicate secretly.
Tor (previously an acronym for The Onion Router) is free software for enabling online anonymity and resisting censorship. It is designed to make it possible for users to surf the Internet anonymously, so their activities and location cannot be discovered by government agencies, the military, secret police, corporations, or anyone else.