Belgian terror attacks: serious failings prevented dismantling of Belgian terror network on time
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    Belgian terror attacks: serious failings prevented dismantling of Belgian terror network on time

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    The Investigative Committee on the Terrorist Attacks in 2016 says, “The Committee observes certain failings in the security architecture, following which we missed the opportunity to dismantle the terrorist network in question on time.”
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    The Investigative Committee on the Terrorist Attacks noted serious failings in the structure of Belgian security. These did not enable the dismantling of the relevant terrorist network on time, being the cause of the 2016 terror attacks. This emerges from the conclusions presented to the press today (Thursday). The Committee is insisting, “As a consequence 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.

    It says, “The Committee observes certain failings in the security architecture, following which we missed the opportunity to dismantle the terrorist network in question 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.

    The Committee is stating several recommendations including the need for various services to evolve towards creating an “actual security chain”, being a more intensive exchange of information and collaboration. It is also suggesting a more efficient use of human and financial means, in particular an increase in the  budget where this proves necessary.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Time