Magazine
Latest Issue

We should have more sympathy for our security services—even when terrorists succeed

Blaming them unfairly will make us all less safe

By Karin von Hippel  

In the twentieth-century, our policing challenges are greater than they were, say, when it came to the IRA in the 1990s. Photo: PA

Few would argue that the police and intelligence agencies should be above criticism. When (not if) bombs go off or people are killed in atrocious ways, it is right that questions are asked about systems and specifics: what was known? What was done?

As we all know, in 2001 the United States suffered the worst terrorist attacks in history. The Commission set up to…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect