“The flaws in the European system are multiple. The Paris and Brussels attacks should never have happened. I don’t know what we are waiting for. Do we have to wait for hundreds of deaths?”
Jean-Louis Bruguiere — Former French investigating magistrate in charge of counter-terrorism affairs
June 6 2017 — Since January 2015, an unprecedented wave of terror attacks has overwhelmed Europe’s defenses. That month, attacks against Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris left 17 people dead. On November 13th in Paris, ISIS attacked multiple targets, killing 130 people. Four months later, suicide bombings killed 32 in Brussels. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (June 6 2020) — First thing first. Let me remind you that the Brussels Green Party (ECOLO) was instrumental in obtaining the release of Oussama Atar from an Iraqi jail. Today, we know that Atar masterminded the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks.
And now, Green Party Minister Alain Maron just announced that the “Integration Programme for Foreigners” that was expected to enter into force on January 1 2020 will be delayed by at least one year. This is a State Scandal! [La date initiale du 1e janvier 2020 était irréalisable]
And why do you think Maron made that decision?
It is more and more likely that Belgian people will be asked to vote again in the fall as Belgian politicians are unable to form a government.
And, of course, the “Integration Programme” is very unpopular among some Muslims in Brussels, a community that is very important to the ECOLO party.
Let me state this very clearly.
If a terrorist attack occurs in the next few months, I will personally ask the International Community to prosecute Maron for his complicity in an act of terrorism.
This is not a threat. It is just a promise.
I have written that Maron’s administration has become a criminal organization.
I can now tell you that I regard the Belgium Green Party as a terrorist organization, as it is abundantly clear that this group will not hesitate to rely on the unlawful use of violence and intimidation against civilians in the pursuit of political aims.
Absurdity does not go to infinity…
END of UPDATE
In interviews, some on camera with FRONTLINE, counter-terror veterans in Europe and the United States outlined systemic problems they said they had warned political leaders about for years.
The list includes:
Weak and uncoordinated enforcement of Europe’s international borders, a situation aggravated by the chaotic influx of refugees from Syria.
Differences in laws and security cultures that hamper intelligence-sharing and law enforcement cooperation among nations.
Fragmented and incomplete databases, and the lack of a universal database of terror suspects effectively used and supplied by all European nations.
Short prison sentences for terrorism and violent crime that have freed ex-convicts to play prominent roles in the jihad.
Limited resources and support for security forces in some nations, such as Belgium and Greece — a weakness that terrorists have studied and exploited.
About Sebastian Rotella
ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella has been covering terrorism for two decades.
Years before the attacks, he was already reporting on some of the jihadists who would go on to strike Europe and the counter-terror officials trying to stop them.
In this film, he sits down with the men and women on the inside of the fight against al Qaeda and ISIS.
They revealed the missteps and systemic breakdowns that allowed known terrorists to hit the heart of Europe, how the problems persist today and the unprecedented threat the continent faces.
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