How a crippling shortage of analysts let the London Bridge attackers through

Last Tuesday, in the wake of the latest terror atrocity to strike Britain, the former head of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington recalled just how primitive intelligence gathering used to be. Addressing a conference of security officials in west London – four miles from London Bridge where the terror attack had taken place three days earlier – Rimington recounted an anecdote about how her spy training in the 1970s involved infiltrating a local pub to eavesdrop on targets.

Over the four decades since then, intelligence gathering within Britain’s security services has evolved beyond comparison. Eking out a lead is no longer an issue – instead extraordinary volumes of information are relentlessly harvested electronically. The worry, according to experts, is whether they are acquiring too much.

  • mauser 98
  • Alain

    Opening your borders to a mass influx of Muslims led to that attack and all other past and future, along with a few other things. Some of those things are prosecuting your citizens who object to the invasion, banning anyone speaking the truth about Islam and yet welcoming well known preachers of Islamic hate. As long as any country follows this recipe the results will be the same: the suppression of freedom for citizens (police state) and an increasing number of attacks.

  • LairdKintyre

    Had Britain simply had better immigration policies since the 1960s there would be no mess like we have today.

    • occupant 9

      Enoch Powell tried to reason with treason and lost.

  • canminuteman

    A shortage of analysts, or a surplus of muslims?

    • occupant 9

      It should simply be put that “one person can ruin it for everyone” and begin the war effort of fighting back. That would include perp walking a great many politicians and a greater number of senior civil servants and low level agents as well as shuttering every mosque and acting like a nation under siege … from within … because we are.

  • Analysts?

    Consider the speed with which the police arrested suspects after the attack. This is because they were known.

    One could flood Scotland Yard with any number of analysts. What is needed is the will power to arrest those plotting attacks.