Thursday, June 12, 2008
BRACING FOR TERRORISM IN VATICAN CITY
The Holy See has has established two new anti-terrorist units and begun closer collaboration with Interpol, the Vatican security chief says.
New Zealand Catholic reports the Vatican has set up two new anti-terrorism units that will work closely with international police experts to prevent possible attacks, the Vatican's director of security announced.
A "rapid intervention group" and an "anti-sabotage department" were recently established as sub-units of the Vatican's gendarme corps, Domenico Giani, corps director, told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on June 7.
He said the Vatican also has begun closer collaboration with Interpol, the International crime fighting organisation.
The article indicates a 24/7 command center was established in 2000, necessitating staffing even on Christmas and Easter, I presume; and that Cardinal Tauran has approved Tony Blair's peace organization and offers help.