By Crispin Black
How may possibly a second of triumph concerning the Olympic Bid develop into a disaster? those poor occasions stick with at the carrying on with revelations that the intelligence reviews that have been the government's foundation for the invasion of Iraq have been deeply improper and the new admission via the Ministry of Defence that it did not foresee the dimensions and ferocity of the Iraq insurgency. whatever is especially incorrect in how Britain collects and analyses intelligence. In "7-7: What Went Wrong?", Crispin Black exhibits that primary flaws in our present method of calibrating and knowing the terrorist danger -- an unwillingness for example to tackle board the consequences of our international coverage on loyalty at domestic and a mostly slack method of border defense have produced a poisonous chance to nationwide safeguard. Taken all jointly there's the uncomfortable suspicion that rather than collecting intelligence, their goal is to delight their masters. In his compelling and authoritative research, Black indicates the...
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We never muddled our thinking or sensed that we could not take a stand over who we admit to this country in the case of the IRA. It is a healthy attitude that seems to have withered under the influence of the Covenant of Security in the case of Islamist terrorism. * * * There are other aspects of groupthink which complicate an adequate security response to 7 July. We have been told that the security services had ‘no specific intelligence’ about the London attacks (how often have I heard this refrain before during my career).
Had something happened, the support offered would have been highly efficient. As a preventive deployment, this kind of security works well. But, after the fact, it may have the opposite effect and can look like desperation—a spray gun rather than a swat team. Instead of demonstrating a command of the situation, terrorist cells may scent panic, particularly if opening boxes of newly-minted policemen are seemingly the only strategy one has. What else did security officials do in the aftermath of July 7?
Legally Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are separate entities—of course. But in intelligence gathering terms North and South essentially formed a single unit with what happened on the UK mainland as a separate issue. Liaison and consultation between the two services may have worked well enough for Irish terrorism twenty years ago, but then the IRA was split along the same lines as the intelligence services—a part that dealt with home (all Ireland) and abroad (usually this meant the UK mainland but latterly Europe as well).