Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch activist facing threats from her controversial criticism of Islam, will receive national protection anywhere in the European Union, said a top justice official in Brussels. Franco Frattini, the European commissioner for justice and home affairs said that Hirsi Ali and others who face threats for their opinions or writings would be guaranteed protection wherever they went in the EU and that the host country would bear the expenses. Frattini said: “the protection of people vulnerable or under threat is under the full competence of the member states. Hirsi Ali went to the European Parliament two weeks ago to demand that the EU pay for her protection when living in the United States. Last autumn, the Dutch government withdrew funding for her security expenses, prompting her return to Europe.