Zia Sardar on intelligence

Zia Sardar in the current edition of the New Statesman on the folly of “intelligence-led” police operations: Don’t be fooled by the mantra that intelligence is an extremely difficult business, prone to absurdly wide margins of error. If that were so, Britain would have lost the Second World War. The remarkable success of British intelligence, including counter-intelligence, during that war proves that we can produce reasonable - say, 25 or even 50 per cent - rates of success.

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