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Germany's Top Cop: No Imminent Threat of 9/11 Terror

German Interior Minister Otto Schily said on Wednesday he feared no attacks in Germany on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. Schily said in a television interview that German security officials were of the opinion there wouldn’t be "something like anniversary terrorism." The interior minister added that the terrorist network al Qaeda, believed to the perpetrators of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, had been "clearly weakened," though he cautioned it was "still capable of action" and warned against getting caught off guard. Schily also said there were signs of "clear success in the fight against terrorism," but said German security laws still needed some reinforcements like using biometrics in identity documents and passports, which would make it easier to identify persons entering the country.