By Crispin Black
How might 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 experiences that have been the government's foundation for the invasion of Iraq have been deeply unsuitable and the hot admission via the Ministry of Defence that it did not foresee the scale and ferocity of the Iraq insurgency. whatever is particularly incorrect in how Britain collects and analyses intelligence. In "7-7: What Went Wrong?", Crispin Black indicates that primary flaws in our present method of calibrating and realizing the terrorist possibility -- an unwillingness for example to tackle board the results of our overseas coverage on loyalty at domestic and a often slack method of border defense have produced a poisonous risk to nationwide safeguard. Taken all jointly there's the uncomfortable suspicion that rather than collecting intelligence, their target is to delight their masters. In his compelling and authoritative research, Black exhibits the...
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Everyone was talking about the day’s events. ’ The smart embossed blue folder which I had been given on a visit to the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, US, was clearly visible in my bag. The Muslim guy really was smiling now. In fact everyone thought it a huge joke. It was a good feeling on that double-decker bus—not the Blitz spirit, but a kind of resigned good humour. Very London. Yet where was the official anger? Where were the flashes of aggression that we had seen in Messrs Giuliani and Bush after 9/11?
I knew about intelligence from my time in the Defence Intelligence Staff and the Cabinet Office. And I knew a bit about how the government would be trying to respond to the crisis having attended various COBRAs including the one on 9/12 chaired by Tony Blair. Latterly I had begun to know my way a little around television studios and understand how news bulletins are put together. And here it all was in front of me—the media drama being played out. The real drama and tragedy had happened hours before but the interpretation we would put upon events was essentially still up for grabs.
When dealing with a suicide bomber about to go off in a crowded place, it is likely that the bomber in question has to press a button to detonate his bomb. You need to kill him so convincingly and quickly so that no twitching in his body could possibly depress the switch (this is the reason behind what looked like overkill at Stockwell tube station). 8 Abandoning the policy will, however, reduce the overall pressure that weighs on a suicide bomber as he carries out his intentions. We rely on the stress surrounding suicide bombers contributing to them making mistakes and reducing their lethality.
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