“The Committee observes certain failings in the security architecture, following which we missed the opportunity to dismantle the terrorist network in question on time.”
Belgian Investigative Committee on the 2016 Terrorist Attacks
The Investigative Committee on the Terrorist Attacks noted serious failings in the structure of Belgian security. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Jean-Louis Bruguiere — Former French investigating magistrate in charge of counter-terrorism affairs — recently stated that: “The Paris and Brussels attacks should never have happened.” The Investigative Committee on the Terrorist Attacks has come to the same conclusion. Although the Committee members insist that Belgium is not a failed State.
On Thursday (June 8 2017), the Committee concluded that “Belgium is not failing in its duty to citizens as a state.”
“During the years at the beginning of the millennium, Belgium took concrete measures to fight terrorism and radicalism, and played a pioneering role in the exchange of European and international intelligence.”
Nevertheless, the Committee noted certain failings in the security architecture, following which Belgian authorities missed the opportunity to dismantle the terrorist network on time.
“The Committee points the finger at the insufficient or inefficient deployment of particular methods, the isolation and inadequacy of information exchange cooperation within legal, security and intelligence services, inefficient regulations and procedures, limited international cooperation and the lack of an integrated approach.”
Comment — None of this explains why Ousama Atar was able to obtain a passport and how he managed to visit the Brussels suicide bombers when they were in jail?
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Counterterror veterans in Europe and the United States outlined systemic problems they said they had warned political leaders about for years.
The list includes:
Weak and uncoordinated enforcement of Europe’s international borders, a situation aggravated by the chaotic influx of refugees from Syria.
Differences in laws and security cultures that hamper intelligence-sharing and law enforcement cooperation among nations.
Fragmented and incomplete databases, and the lack of a universal database of terror suspects effectively used and supplied by all European nations.
Short prison sentences for terrorism and violent crime that have freed ex-convicts to play prominent roles in the jihad.
Limited resources and support for security forces in some nations, such as Belgium and Greece — a weakness that terrorists have studied and exploited.
There is no doubt that the problems persist to this day and the threat to Brussels — and other European capitals — is unprecedented.
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Brussels attacks: “Serious failings prevented dismantling of Belgian terror network.”