The mass internment of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs in supposed ‘re-education’ facilities as a means of combatting violent extremism suggests that Beijing lacks confidence in the effectiveness of its intelligence architecture, and by extension, its capacity to identify and eliminate actual terrorist threats.
Billed by the media as the UK’s answer to the FBI, the National Crime Agency is launched today. The agency faces the herculean challenge of reducing organised crime in the UK and overseas with inadequate intelligence, a limited budget and a public who remains largely ignorant of the true scale of the threat.
A new EUROPOL assessment highlights the scale of the threat coming from organised crime in Europe. Half of the major investigations pursued by EUROPOL have links to Britain. Fighting organised crime can no longer be the poor relation to tackling the threat from international terrorism.
Sir Richard Dearlove’s assertion that counter-terrorism should no longer dominate UK national security planning raises questions over how the government prioritises risks and manages scarce resources (Free access)
Brazil’s strong response to the alleged spying practices of the US reveals more about the difficulties experienced in developing its own intelligence services than about the country’s long-term relationship with the US (Free access)