Far-right extremist Pavlo Lapshyn has today been imprisoned for murdering a Muslim man and attempting to bomb mosques. The incident highlights that violent Islamists are not the only ones willing to murder in advance of a political ideology.
Where should the limits surveillance be placed? And how should intelligence oversight work? Following his first public speech delivered at RUSI, Andrew Parker, Director General of MI5 sparked off a national and international debate about the current terrorist threat and the role of surveillance and intelligence.
The intelligence-gathering revelations from Edward Snowden did harm national security, but they should now serve as an opportunity to have a mature national conversation on the hierarchy of accountability in intelligence gathering.
The bomb attack in Pune on 14 February, claimed by a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) splinter group, has once again brought the spectre of jihadist terrorism within India into focus. To build on progress made in recent talks, Indian policy makers must look beyond narrow internal and external rhetoric surrounding terrorist attacks.
When in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center the American Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that America was ‘at war’, he made a very natural but a terrible and irrevocable error. Leaders of the Administration have been trying to put it right ever since.