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Calling For Improved Terror Alert Warning System

In May 2016, Widad issued a brief statement on the need to have an improved early warning system to prevent terror attacks.

“Unfortunately, more terror attacks like the ones in San Bernardino, Brussels and Paris are expected to occur. While those attacks were a reminder of the challenges that lay ahead, they exposed the need to have an improved early warning system that may ultimately save civilian lives. Such a system should take into account the shortcomings of the current warning frameworks and evaluate the usefulness of warnings generated by improved models that cover a broad range of potential attack scenarios… In this vein, finding a balance between protecting human rights and ensuring national security is key.”

 

 

“It is vital to acknowledge the new reality before taking any steps to change the existing policies. The world is not the same anymore. Tackling the new form of terrorism is perhaps one, if not the most serious threat the world face in the 21st century. Unfortunately, more terror attacks like the ones in San Bernardino, Brussels and Paris are expected to occur.

While those attacks were a reminder of the challenges that lay ahead, they exposed the need to have an improved early warning system that may ultimately save civilian lives. Such a system should take into account the shortcomings of the current warning frameworks and evaluate the usefulness of warnings generated by improved models that would cover a broad range of attacks, larger geographic areas within the country in question and a wide range of potential attack scenarios.

The system is likely to facilitate well informed decisions on the assessment of information gathered from different sources. In this vein, finding a balance between protecting human rights and ensuring national security is key.”

Dr. Widad

11 May 2016