Former CIA Director criticises EU institutions in fight on terror

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden has criticised EU policy in dealing with terrorism, in an interview with MSNBC.

The retired four-star U.S. Air Force General and former Principal Director of National Intelligence claimed that European authorities had “..been very ineffective, hamstrung by law… shorted on resources, and now they’re digging out of a big hole to recover.”

Hayden did commend British, French, and Scandinavian intelligence services, but that other services in Europe were lacking.

Asked if more NATO involvement was necessary, Hayden stated that intra-European intelligence was the most important issue in improving security across the continent.

He also went on to criticise European states asking for American help that in previous years had condemned mass surveillance in the wake of the Snowden revelations.

Hayden also stated that the division of security – in the form of what national intelligence is supposed to carry out, and the high levels of privacy set by Brussels institutions leaves a gap in protection that has lead to terrorists maintaining a foothold in Europe.


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