Тhe role of intelligence in the fight against terrorism

Taneski, Nenad and Bogatinov, Dejan (2019) Тhe role of intelligence in the fight against terrorism. Security Dialogues – International Peer Reviewed, 10 (1-2). pp. 327-337. ISSN 1857-8055

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Terrorism as a form of endangering security in the state that can be considered as a psychological act designed to influence the public, its purpose is to cause fear, which implies that this fear is directed at someone else, and not just to the victim. The various forms of terrorism that are known today make the very definition of the term terrorism more difficult. It therefore approaches a more general definition, such as that it constitutes a criminal violation of any national or international legal code Terrorism is a common practice in the ranks of rebels, but they do not have to be qualified as terrorists if they respect the rules of war and if they do not intervene in those forms of violence that identify themselves as terrorist acts. War is subject to the rules of international military law, while terrorists do not recognize rules (no person, place, object are not immune to the terrorist act). Their unpredictability and apparent coincidence makes it difficult for the government to protect potential victims. Although there is a public legal discipline and determination, it very rarely hinders terrorists in carrying out their sacred tasks that are always justified by “higher laws”. Intelligence has an obligation to collect information, process them, analyze them, make an appropriate assessment of the occurrence, and deliver them to those who need to make a decision or take action to prevent the action of a particular threat. No other institution is so important in anti-terrorism, i.e. in the fight against terrorism, as much as the intelligence services. The most difficult area in the fight against terrorism is the collection of the information about identity, goals, plans and, most importantly, what are the weak points of the terrorists. Тhe fear of terror that prevails today mainly stems from the fear of future attacks that will end as much or as many victims of the attacks on Septеmber 11 or similar attacks that have taken place over the past 20 years. Whether and how these attacks will be carried out may depend on political events that have not yet happened. However as in other areas of human activity, the prediction of the worst if it resonates in the fear of the people is much more likely than predicting the best.Even 90% of success of intelligence can bring another major setback. Terrorists will attack successfully no matter how effective the intelligence system is. However, this must not shake the intelligence services to fulfill their tasks, as they are the key to dealing with terrorism, and even only a more salvaged human life will justify their existence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: terrorism, intelligence, intelligence system, national security.
Subjects: Social Sciences > Political Science
Divisions: Military Academy
Depositing User: Nenad Taneski
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 10:02
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 10:02
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/23753

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