March 7, 2017

77 by Crispin Black

By Crispin Black

How may a second of triumph in regards to the Olympic Bid become a disaster? those poor occasions stick to 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 mistaken and the new admission via the Ministry of Defence that it didn't foresee the scale and ferocity of the Iraq insurgency. anything is particularly fallacious in how Britain collects and analyses intelligence. In "7-7: What Went Wrong?", Crispin Black exhibits that basic flaws in our present method of calibrating and figuring out the terrorist probability -- an unwillingness for example to tackle board the results of our international coverage on loyalty at domestic and a in general slack method of border defense have produced a poisonous probability to nationwide safety. Taken all jointly there's the uncomfortable suspicion that rather than amassing intelligence, their target is to delight their masters. In his compelling and authoritative research, Black indicates the...

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Possibly only terrorists themselves have a problem with the use of lethal force—at whatever stage of their mission they are identified—against suicide bombers. The question is not so much, should we kill them to avoid bloodshed? Rather, the issue is—how can we make sure they are suicide bombers before we act? Unlike a war situation the terrorists are not wearing the other side’s uniform (and the presumption is that you were probably right to kill) but are the enemy within. We may therefore demand that procedures are designed with exacting rationality, particularly given the amount resources spent on them.

The British system recognises this and makes the analysis of intelligence entirely separate from its collection. Nonetheless, the collectors of intelligence (our James Bonds) believe that the world revolves around them. Analysts accept this in part, but tend to a more jaded view of the intelligence reality. In their view intelligence is only partly about analysing clandestine intelligence. An exaggerated respect for individual pieces of intelligence is not only inefficient but also skews the power relationship between the various parts of the intelligence community.

It was a shock to discover over the following days that descriptions circulating in the media, and supposedly from official sources describing Mr de Menezes’s appearance and behaviour, were untrue. Events became all the more mysterious when it emerged that members of the surveillance team following de Menezes had been sitting close to him—were they happy to do this because they could see that he could not be carrying a bomb? Troublingly, the media and the public had been led to believe a state of events that was not just wrong, but was known to be unfounded.

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