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National Security Quick Hits Vienna shooting

Why do security services get blamed when things go badly?

Austria apparently received but failed to act on intelligence from Germany and Slovakia. Was the attack a failure?

In the wake of the November 2 terrorist attack in Vienna in which 4 people died, the head of the Austrian security service resigned and the responsible minister has called for a review of the spy service.

Austria apparently received but failed to act on intelligence from Germany and Slovakia. Was the attack a failure? Borealis wonders why security services are always blamed when things go wrong.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

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