Intelligence cooperation can stop terrorists before they enter Taiwan: NIA
By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post
April 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Close cooperation with foreign intelligence services means Taiwan is capable of learning about terrorists before they set foot in the country, and of thwarting possible attacks, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said yesterday.
Speaking during a question-and-answer session in the Legislative Yuan, National Immigration Agency (NIA) Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) said his agency has existing communication platforms with foreign counterparts who will inform local authorities when a suspected terrorist is heading for Taiwan.
Furthermore, the NIA has a database of possible terrorists that customs officials can check to prevent potentially dangerous people from arriving in the country, Hsieh said.
He made the remarks in response to an opposition lawmaker's question on Taiwan's counterterrorism mechanisms in light of the bomb attack on the Boston Marathon earlier this week.
During the same session yesterday, the NIA chief said his agency plans to establish a biometric identification system for foreigners in the second half of this year.
The biometric identification system for foreigners, which utilizes fingerprint, face and retina biometrics, will be installed at major airports throughout the country.
But due to budget limitations, the NIA will first begin a trial run of the system at the Kaohsiung International Airport later this year, Hsieh said.