Thursday 23 March 2017

Cases show we are hugely reliant on foreign intelligence

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A Department of Justice official told the High Court that Ms Fitzgerald was 'dependent on the goodwill of the external agencies
currently providing such information'. Photo: Damien Eagers
A Department of Justice official told the High Court that Ms Fitzgerald was 'dependent on the goodwill of the external agencies currently providing such information'. Photo: Damien Eagers

Against the backdrop of horrific Islamic terror attacks on the continent, there has been much focus on measures that the authorities here are taking to safeguard the security of our citizens. One tool being used is information provided by foreign intelligence agencies.

How this is used has been the subject of much debate following the deportation earlier this month of a Jordanian national who had lived here for 16 years. Intelligence reports suggested that he was an Isil operative, providing supports to fighters travelling to Iraq and Syria.

However, he vehemently denied this and said he feared being tortured if returned to Jordan.

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