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Jakarta Post

Why are they targeted?

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 17 2011   /  10:00 am

Comr. Gen. Gories Mere

With credentials as the nation’s counterterrorism czar and a Catholic activist, Gories is an obvious target of attacks for terrorist groups.

While Gories currently serves as chief of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), analysts agree that the position camouflages his real work: Coordinating all of the National Police’s counterterrorism activities.

Born in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, on Nov. 17, 1954, Gories established a new breed of police counterterrorism experts under the aegis of the prestigious, off-the-radar “Satgas Antiterror”, or Antiterrorism Working Group.

Gories’ prodigies also hold most of the key posts at the newly established National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).

On the front lines of the nation’s terrorist fight since 1999, Gories, who has a reputation as a
low-key leader, has become more ...