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WashPost: NZ Attacks Expose Lack of Domestic Terror Intel

WashPost: NZ Attacks Expose Lack of Domestic Terror Intel
Shadows are cast onto a New Zealand flag hung amongst flowers and tributes on the wall of the Botanic Gardens on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand after 50 people are confirmed dead following shooting attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March.  (Carl Court/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 17 March 2019 11:53 AM

World leaders have widely expanded their intelligence sharing of international terrorist groups, but the recent New Zealand mosque shootings have exposed the dearth of intelligence sharing of domestic terror, The Washington Post reported.

"With its mix of global inspiration and local action, far-right extremism has inspired killings inside the U.S. and every one of the Five Eyes, ranging from mass shootings and bombings to assassinations of political leaders," counterterrorism researcher and strategist at New America, a D.C. think tank, P.W. Singer told the Post.

"The sad events in New Zealand illustrate why we have to have the political bravery to stop ignoring what is a real terrorist threat that has killed more Americans than even ISIS."

Five Eyes is the collective intelligence services of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, focusing more on ISIS and al-Qaida terrorism than nationalist groups, according to the report.

"We talked about it in terms of how the process of radicalization in various forms of extremist groups compares to each other but not in the context of specific cases or intelligence exchanges," former National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen told Post.

"In my own view, it is worth exploring whether and how much overseas collaboration and cooperation takes place between individuals and groups involved in domestic extremism and terrorism activities in each of our countries, because there is clearly an alignment of ideological views and agendas between at least some of these subjects."

Privacy concerns in the United States have curtailed some collaboration on domestic terrorism, but Rasmussen told the Post it should not be a permanent obstacle.

"We may need to address this constraint, much as we over the years became more comfortable sharing such information on U.S. persons who were the subjects of international terrorism concern," Rasmussen told the Post. "We probably don't know what we don't know in terms of some of these international connections.

"And we won't know until we share more information with our trusted partners in order to see what they know."

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World leaders have widely expanded their intelligence sharing of international terrorist groups, but the recent New Zealand mosque shootings have exposed the dearth of intelligence sharing of domestic terror, The Washington Post reported."With its mix of global inspiration...
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