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MI5 on terror ‘long haul’

MI5 Director General (DG) Andrew Parker has warned in a speech in central London of a ‘long haul’ countering ‘international terrorism‘.

He set out how MI5 still is countering terrorism in Northern Ireland; and hostile states seeking to carry out espionage against the UK.

He said: “Day in and day out we are identifying and disrupting threats: stopping terrorism. Our response is unrelenting. Those that wish our country harm can expect to meet MI5 and the police. And they will face the full force of the law and be brought to justice.

“We face this new order of challenge from a position of strength. The UK has world-class intelligence agencies and counter terrorism policing. We are developing, growing and sharpening our capabilities all the time.

“Throughout our history MI5 has been all about innovating to meet the changing threat and the shifting technological environment. We review every major operation and learn from our successes. And when an attack happens we are determined, using the harsh light of hindsight, to squeeze out every last drop of learning so that we can be the very best we can be, now and in the future.”

You can watch a video of the speech on the MI5 website. The Security Service makes the point that this marks the first time that a Director General has given a speech on-camera.

Meanwhile Jeremy Fleming, Director GCHQ, has written on the GCHQ website about the evolving challenges: “If I’ve learned one thing it’s that our adversaries are quick to spot new ways of doing us harm. We see that in the way terrorists are constantly changing their weapons, or states are using their full range of tools to steal secrets, gain influence, and attack our economy.” He said that it was right to house the one-year-old National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in GCHQ.

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