Monday, August 14, 2006

"All Terrorism Is Local"

In a New York Times opinion piece, Ronald K. Noble, the secretary general of Interpol, criticized British authorities for sharing news of the arrests in the airplane bomb plot with the news media before sharing it with Interpol. Noble said that the failure to share information is an ongoing problem:

...the failure to quickly share information about terrorists with global law enforcement is systemic and is likely to continue until legislators, governments and the United Nations are convinced to change things.
Noble's main point is that in a global world, it is vital to share information about terrorists with law enforcement personnel everywhere. Terrorists are linked in international networks, and local police have the best knowledge of their own areas. Sharing the identities of terrorist suspects with local police around the world is an effective way to disrupt terrorist networks and plots.

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