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By Crispin Black

How might a second of triumph concerning the Olympic Bid become a disaster? those bad occasions keep on with at the carrying on with revelations that the intelligence studies 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 didn't foresee the dimensions and ferocity of the Iraq insurgency. anything is especially unsuitable in how Britain collects and analyses intelligence. In "7-7: What Went Wrong?", Crispin Black exhibits that primary flaws in our present method of calibrating and figuring out the terrorist risk -- an unwillingness for example to tackle board the results of our overseas coverage on loyalty at domestic and a quite often slack method of border safety have produced a poisonous hazard to nationwide safety. Taken all jointly there's the uncomfortable suspicion that rather than accumulating intelligence, their goal is to delight their masters. In his compelling and authoritative research, Black exhibits the...

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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.

Magnified in the press, this became the single most important plank in the case for going to war. Controversy still surrounds the claim which was based on a single source—that is to say a single person. Lord Butler later dismissed it in his inquiry suggesting that it should never have been included in the dossier or any other paper produced for the Joint Intelligence Committee. It remains for all intelligence practitioners a stark warning of what can happen if too much weight is placed on a single piece of intelligence.

The mobile telephone network went down almost immediately, but I got through to home on the landline. Used to giving orders in the army—it had been a relief to return to a more negotiated life-style—I was giving orders at this stage. Get everyone back home and then stay there. There must have been many calls like that on the day. Luckily within minutes I knew where all the members of my family were. None of them travelled on the tube—I had long felt it was too dangerous, mainly because of the terrorist threat.

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