Why the lawfare approach to terrorism is failing in Europe

Defense One:
“Essentially all the [terrorist] networks, whether in France, Germany, or wherever, what they do is they take advantage of the soft underbelly of the European legal system—systems, actually,” said Florence Gaub, a senior analyst with the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, in a phone interview. She pointed to two major issues: the 26-country Schengen area’s permeable borders with other member states—criticized and to some extent curtailed in the past year during the migrant crisis—and the general barriers built into most Western legal systems when it comes to targeting people based on a potential threat rather than an actual offense. “The system is geared to people who don’t move around much within the European system, don’t use these multiple exit and entry points, and of course are already convicted of a crime. So if you’re radicalized and haven’t acted yet, then the system will simply not be able to apprehend you because it’s not wired that way.”
There is much more.

They are trying to use the same failed approach as that used by Obama.  By treating this as a criminal enterprise rather than a war they are making their people more vulnerable.

They will need to use more intelligence assets to spot the terrorists and increase patrols in neighborhoods frequented by terrorists.


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