Seal of the C.I.A. – Central Intelligence Agency of the United States Government (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Russia Today logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to leading Russian news agency RT, the former head of the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, has castigated EU secret services for being too fixated on privacy issues and for suffering from poor intelligence sharing in combatting terrorism, saying that those gaps led to the Paris and Brussels attacks.
Source: Poor intel sharing within EU played role in Brussels attacks – Ex-CIA head — RT News
This is an insightful and worrying article.
Apart from the failures in handling intelligence, the article considers the explosive political context in Europe
Those failures were compounded in recent years by the fact that the Europeans have allowed religious communities to radicalize and become isolated from society, Hayden said.
It’s worth reflecting on the implications for wider European government and indeed governance.
Perhaps, it’s time for Europe to have a change from Angela Merkel’s vision of Europe?