‘Catastrophic’ failures in counter terrorism intelligence

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The former Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police has said there has been “a catastrophic failure in intelligence” in dealing with terrorism in the UK over the past few years.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright, Dal Babu said: “Police play a very, very small part in terrorism; they deal with the consequences when an issue actually takes place.

“Leading up to it, you have multiple opportunities to intervene and we’ve seen a seen a catastrophic failure in intelligence over the last few years,” he said.

His comments come after Britain’s head of counter-terror force, Neil Basu, said police and security services are no longer enough to win the fight against extremism.

In an interview with the Guardian, Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner called for improvements in community cohesion, social mobility and education to tackle the terror threat.

However Mr Babu said that Mr Basu was “a little bit behind the curb," adding "people have been saying this for some time”.

Mr Babu did agree with the idea that “communities solve crime,” and reiterated Mr Basu’s criticism of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent.

Mr Babu went on to slate then-Home Secretary Theresa May as a “complete and utter disaster” for her role in the scheme, which he said was “imposed on people instead of being community-led”.

He said there should instead be a focus on “sufficient resources” and the 20,000 police officers promised by Boris Johnson’s government “is only half the story”.

“It’s not going to be done overnight and I’d love to hear some of the ministers talk about how they’re going to make that happen because I don’t have a great deal of confidence,” he said.

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