“They [staff at MI5] are constantly making tough professional judgements based on fragments of intelligence; pinpricks of light against a dark and shifting canvas. (…) The threat is multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before.”
Andrew Parker — Head of MI5
Andrew Parker — the head of MI5 UK intelligence service — says more attacks are inevitable as Britain sees ‘dramatic upshift’ in Islamist terrorism. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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According to Parker, the scale of the threat makes stopping all plots impossible.
“We have to be careful that we do not find ourselves held to some kind of perfect standard of 100%, because that is not achievable.”
“Attacks can sometimes accelerate from inception through planning to action in just a handful of days.”
“This pace, together with the way extremists can exploit safe spaces online, can make threats harder to detect and give us a smaller window to intervene.”
MI5 Not the Enemy
Parker renewed the call for more co-operation from technology companies.
Technology is “not the enemy,” he added, but said companies had a responsibility to deal with the side effects and “dark edges” created by the products they produced.
Google, Facebook and YouTube
The spy chief was careful in his tone towards technology companies such as Google, Facebook and YouTube which have been accused of not doing enough to help thwart criminals and terrorists using their technologies.
Parker said that as technology advances, social media companies have an “ethical responsibility” to do more to help suppress terrorism.
He warned that “an unintended side-effect is that these advances also aid the terrorists, whether it’s the ease of online purchasing, social media content or encrypted communications. No company wants to provide terrorists with explosive precursors.
“Social media platforms don’t want to host bomb making videos. And communications providers don’t want to provide the means of terrorist planning, beyond the sight of MI5.”
MI5 — Allocation of resources by core business (2015/16)
63% international counter-terrorism
18% Northern Ireland-related terrorism
19% counter-espionage, counter-proliferation and protective security
MI5 Boss : “More attacks are inevitable.”