Democratic safeguards and growing figures. Intelligence’s flops are inevitable

08 January 2016

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino explains the objective difficulties that European intelligence apparatuses face in monitoring the increasing number of radicalised citizens who could move from mere jihadi propaganda on the web to downright terrorist attacks. According to Vidino, both legal obstacles and lack of resources prevent intelligence agents from monitoring all of the radicalised targets, forcing them to concentrate on those who appear to be more dangerous. He adds that such an evaluation, which in some cases have proven to be dramatically wrong, is, to a certain extent, inevitably arbitrary.

The article is in Italian and can be read here.