Britain is in passionate discussions over a Brexit from the EU which would be the wisest thing they could do in their situation. The European Union membership is an enormous failure that has brought poverty, crime, joblessness, a houseing crisis, underminded the welfare system and pushed a massive security hole onto the European countries. It has also enabled 150 million non Europeans access into Europe within the past 15-20 years and opened all doors to Muslim migration from all over the world. Not even one of the current members of the EU came with a public majority vote who wanted the membership. It was superimposed on the people by force. The only groups who have benefit from the EU memberships by enormous growth and wealth are banks and large multinational companies. It is perhaps not surprising that the banks are constant behind the propaganda (“economic forecast”) that Europe needs open borders and would somehow “die” if it doesn’t continue importing a constant stream of new people. This is of course absurd. Africa and India meet all the bogus data on population growth, supposedly the golden key to a successful and growing economy. And what is their position? Hardly anything any modern society would want to emulate. Every nation with an excess population is steeped in uncontrolled poverty although the banks in these countries benefit from the population numbers since people need bank accounts to exist in a society, even in poor countries.
Belgian security is so bad it’s actually a threat to Britain
The Brussels attacks have revealed the staggering incompetence of European intelligence. How can anyone say we’re safer in the EU?
Special police forces stand guard outside the Council Chamber of Brussels.
By Con Coughlin
11:49AM GMT 25 Mar 2016
The more we learn about the rank incompetence of the Belgian security forces in dealing with Islamist terrorists, the more the argument unravels that continued membership of the EU makes Britain a safer place to live.
In the past week we have had luminaries such as Home Secretary Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe declaring that Britain’s security would be seriously compromised if we chose to leave the EU in the June referendum.
I would be most interested to know how they could possibly justify that this preposterous claim when measured against the catalogue of catastrophic failings made by the Belgian intelligence forces that resulted in last week’s disastrous attacks on the country’s capital.
“It is notable that despite the huge advantage the UK possesses in its ‘5 Eyes’ intelligence, our Agencies attach a high importance to increased cooperation with European counterparts”.
It is bad enough that the Belgian intelligence authorities did not act on warnings from Turkey that a known Islamic State (Isil) terrorist was living in their midst. But now it transpires that the Belgian government, one of the EU’s most ardent advocates, did not bother to pass on the information to key allies, such as Britain, with all the potential implications that could have for their own security.
Even more worrying is today’s revelation that, apart from carrying out a series of suicide bombings in Belgium, the terrorists may also have been planning some sort of nuclear attack involving a radiological dirty bomb.
Were the Belgian authorities also planning to keep this juicy chunk of information to themselves? Had this crucial piece of information not been leaked to the media, did the Belgians have any intention of sharing this information with key EU allies such as Britain?
Given what we now know about the way the Belgians responded to tangible intelligence about active Islamic State terror cells in their midst, the answer must be a resounding “no”.
It is a fact well known among the British intelligence community – which responds to any and every piece of intelligence it receives about potential terror cells – that the Belgians are pretty useless when it comes to counter-terrorist operations. A combination of not wanting to upset Muslim sensibilities and the country’s divisive political system have meant that the Belgian intelligence and security establishment has rarely been inclined to take effective action against hardened terrorists.
Thus we should not be surprised by the catalogue of astounding errors that resulted in the Brussels attacks. If the Belgian authorities are not prepared to treat seriously warnings that there are known jihadi terrorists living in their midst, then what do you expect?
Certainly, if the Belgian authorities had acted on information passed to them by Turkey last June that the Turks had deported Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, a known terrorist and criminal who, together with his brother Khalid, carried out the suicide bombings in the departure lounge at Brussels airport, then the atrocity may well have been avoided.
Brahim El Bakraoui (L) Khalid El Bakraoui (C) and Najim Laachraoui.
But it is a measure both of the Belgian authorities’ incompetence, as well as its laissez-faire attitude towards radicalised Muslims, that no action was taken.
And while, for the moment, it is for the Belgians to decide what improvements, if any, they want to make to their intelligence operations, their incompetence, and the impact this could have on EU allies like Britain, is something we must to take on board as we ponder whether to leave or remain in the EU.
The Brussels bombings, as well as the latest warnings about a possible dirty bomb attack, demonstrate irrefutably that the failings of some EU intelligence services pose a grave threat to our own security, rather than enhancing it.
Therefore any decision taken about our future EU membership needs to be taken with this clear understanding in mind, rather than on the basis of ill-founded scare stories put around by those who should know better that, without the cooperation of EU states like Belgiam, Britain’s security would be seriously compromised.