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Security Failing Doomed French Priest

By Friday, 29 July 2016 10:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Stephen Bryen contributed to this article.

When priests have to fear their throats will be slit while celebrating morning Mass, no one is safe in France. The 85 years old Rev. Jacques Hamel did not have to die.

Father Hamel was murdered because the French security services failed to surveil the watch-listed ISIS-affiliated terrorists and ignored a fresh warning, including the photograph of one of the attackers who was already known to the local police.

The murder of Father Hamel in a Catholic church at the center of St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray in Rouen, Normandy, could have been prevented. The French security forces knew in advance this church was targeted by ISIS when they captured some ISIS hit-lists months ago. Also, the attackers were known for their affiliation with ISIS.

The latest Islamic terrorists' attack in France demonstrates without any doubt the complete incompetence of the French authorities at all levels. It illustrates either the total disdain for its own citizens or its inability to understand and act on the threat that is destabilizing the French society. This time, a Catholic church was the target. Previously there were attacks on synagogues, Jewish Kosher stores, a newspaper, concert halls, night clubs, sporting events and national celebrations including the mass killing in Nice during Bastille Day fireworks. These, in addition to many other smaller, unreported or underreported attacks throughout the country.

But the French authorities have done worse than nothing. Why the incompetence?

When public or private institutions are threatened, the first step is to try and eliminate or neutralize the source of the threat. If this fails, strong security is put in place to protect the threatened sites.

Regarding perimeter security, this church was left entirely unprotected. There were no guards. The two terrorists (there could be more, this is what we know about now) entered the church through an unlocked back door. Why was the door unlocked? Why didn't the church have any protection?

Responsibility for this falls on the shoulders of the French authorities and, perhaps, on the church if the warnings were passed to them, which is not known at present. Clearly, the congregants in the church, and those who were taken hostage, including nuns, had no inkling they were on a hit list.

Next; at least one of the terrorists was known to the police, and should have been on their terrorist watch list. He was arrested and sent to prison for an attempt to join ISIS in Syria.

His computer contained the list of churches targeted for attacks, including this one. He was released from prison last March under parole to live with his parents and was wearing an electronic tag. But, under the terms of his release, he was allowed to do anything he wanted during the morning hours. Thus, his electronic tag was not monitored from 830 until 1230 every day. The attack at the church, nearby his parents’ home, in the center of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray took place at 9:45 am.

Why would the French judicial system parole a known terrorist? Why would they disregard extremely worrisome intelligence and not provide adequate protection to the church, and to their citizens?

Rachel Ehrenfeld is founder and CEO of the American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute. She has testified before congressional committees; Canadian, European and British Parliaments. She has also testified as an expert in U.S. courts. Ehrenfeld is the author of "Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It." Read more of her reports, Go Here Now.



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