Brussel-terroren vil få konsekvenser for EU-debatten i Storbritannien. Belgien har undladt at rapportere Khaled el-Bakraoui til Storbritannien trods at to medlemmer af hans netværk besøgte Storbritannien. Det gør at minister for de væbnede styrker, Penny Mordaunt, konkluderer med at briterne er sikrere uden for EU.
Last night the defence minister Penny Mordaunt said that Britain would be safer outside of the EU because membership stops the UK being able to form alliances and “share the intelligence we need to keep us safe”.
In a speech on Wednesday, Miss Mordaunt, who wants Britain to leave the European Union, said: “It’s not just our freedom, but our ability also to defend it [which is at stake]… The forced harmonisation that is going on in Europe at the moment, creating such immense austerity, and meaning that people can’t have the prosperity that they need to thrive to reach their full ambitions.
“The constraints being placed on our defence and security services, so we don’t have the freedom of operation that we need, we can’t form the alliances, we can’t share the intelligence we need to keep us safe. All of those things are stifling us and they are undermining our freedom.”
Det er bemærkelsesværdigt, at et medlem af regeringen er så udtalt. Cameron vil få svært ved at vinde folkeafstemningen.
Terror er så gennemgribende spørgsmål, at almindelige politiske overvejelser skal give.
Belgiens mangler får også andre lande til at revurdere sikkerhedssamarbejdet:
“They’re way behind the ball and they’re paying a terrible price,” Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat in the House of Representative’s Intelligence Committee, said of Belgium.
De mest utrolige svagheder kommer for en dag. Schengen Information Systems er en database inspektører afhænger af. Men det er ikke muligt at søge efter fingeraftryk, bare navne. Men hvis denne person anvender et falsk navn, er embedsmændene hjælpeløse. Dette er state of the art i EU i 2016.
In other concerns, the Schengen Information System, which contains details of several thousands jihidists, including fingerprints is used by guards who check passports on people arriving in the UK.
At the moment, guards can only search by a suspects’ name and date of birth, making it hard to work out the true identity of someone travelling under an alias.
A report sent by the Secretary General of the European Commission on March 3 warns that without this technology, terrorists operating under false name could slip through.
On Thursday night interior ministers called for the introduction of fingerprint searches to be “accelerated” as part of a ten-point plan of action in response to the attack.
Mange tror systemerne er moderne og ajour, og så viser det sig, at de er praktisk talt ubrugelig.
Belgien synes at være en stor joke.
Amid fears Belgium’s counter-terrorism forces is at breaking point, one security expert warned there were just 1,200 intelligence agents to monitor 900 “people of interest”, including at least 120 returning jihadists.
Dr Christina Schori Liang, an anti-terrorism advisor, said: “The Belgium security forces are overstretched, underfunded and overwhelmed.”