By Crispin Black
How may perhaps a second of triumph in regards to the Olympic Bid develop into a disaster? those bad occasions stick to at the carrying on with revelations that the intelligence stories that have been the government's foundation for the invasion of Iraq have been deeply fallacious and the new admission by way of the Ministry of Defence that it did not foresee the scale and ferocity of the Iraq insurgency. whatever is particularly flawed in how Britain collects and analyses intelligence. In "7-7: What Went Wrong?", Crispin Black indicates that basic flaws in our present method of calibrating and realizing the terrorist possibility -- an unwillingness for example to tackle board the results of our international coverage on loyalty at domestic and a ordinarily slack method of border safeguard have produced a poisonous probability to nationwide defense. Taken all jointly there's the uncomfortable suspicion that rather than accumulating intelligence, their objective is to delight their masters. In his compelling and authoritative research, Black exhibits the...
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When I left Russell Square the various channels we were monitoring were gradually piecing together events with emphasis naturally on what exactly had happened, how many casualties there had been, and who might have been responsible. * * * Millbank studios is an unusual place—all the major world networks have offices or hired space there, ranging from the big English-speaking channels to NHK—the Japanese equivalent of the BBC. Sitting in a TV studio less than two hours after the last bomb was an extraordinary and slightly strange experience.
Most advanced countries still operate a system like ours—responsibilities for human intelligence split into home and abroad—but it is instructive to see that the eavesdroppers in both the UK and the United States belong to a single national signals intelligence service with global responsibilities. It is also worth looking at what the United States has done in the aftermath of 9/11—an attack in which many US citizens died but which was planned abroad and carried out by foreigners, some with residency.
I think in the end they were all true, but how did anyone know at the time? And was it the right emphasis when so many of our fellow citizens had been horribly killed or wounded that day? Do not for a single moment believe that people die straight away in bombs. It may have been quick for some, but not for others. The message at the end of the day seemed to be almost like the administration of a public sedative. * * * My conclusion was rather different: I was furious like everybody else with the killers themselves.
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