The Paris Attacks

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Intelligence failure: those are two words we often hear following a devastating terrorist attack such as what we saw this weekend in Paris.  Almost by definition, if the intelligence community didn’t know about it, then it failed in its core mission: keeping citizens safe. 

But when a small group of people, armed with rather easily obtained weapons and willing to die for their cause, launch an attack—as is the case with the eight terrorists in Paris who were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and suicide vests—it’s very difficult for even the best intelligence service to stop such a plot in its tracks. 

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