Intelligence Post-Mortems: Predictions for Charlie Hebdo

The attacks on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and related incidents in the Ȋle de France region, have produced the same reactions that usually occur in the aftermath of major terrorist attacks. Powerful historical analogies (‘France’s September 11’) were evoked, national leaders made defiant statements and levels of security were heightened, counter-terrorism reforms discussed and the international community stood together in a remarkable show of solidarity. This was captured most vividly by the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie and a Unity March composed of huge crowds and attended by many world leaders. Continue reading