Humint Vs. Terrorism


Saw this interesting quote on intelligence matters over at The Atlantic. It's about how many terror plots have been foiled by brainpower and good human intelligence work versus high tech gear.

"If you look at all the recent terrorist incidents, the bombs were detected because of human intelligence not because of screening ... If even a fraction of what is spent on screening was invested in the intelligence services we would take a real step toward making air travel safer and more pleasant."

 -- Marijn Ornstein, chief of security, Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

Ornstein's comments bring to mind an earlier post we had here at DT. Yes, airport screening methods and the like may be a psychological deterrent for terrorists and a security blanket for travellers, but at the end of the day, it still comes down to humint.

-- John Reed

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