Intelligence failed, says Chidambaram

Intelligence failed, says Chidambaram

Even as Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram conceded that there was a “security and intelligence failure" which led to the Mumbai terror attacks, experts say there is no quick-fix solution to upgrade the two.

New Delhi: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday conceded that there was “security and intelligence failure" in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks.

d895bd00-c2dc-11dd-87ab-000b5dabf613.flv“I agree that security and intelligence failed," Chidambaram told reporters after visiting the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, one of the locations hit by terrorists last week.

There is ample evidence to link terror attacks to organisations or entities who have in the past been responsible for terror, he said.

There is a proposal to set up an intelligence agency at the national level similar to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, he said.

There were some lapses in security, coastal or otherwise which need to be rectified, Chidambaram added.

Meanwhile, in another development the Union home ministry is apparently working out modalities for setting up a Federal Investigation Agency as mooted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a senior cabinet minister has said.

“Security is a great national concern. Home Minister (P Chidambaram) is seized of the matter," Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters on Friday.

He was replying to a question on how far the government has moved on in setting up the federal agency as announced by Singh in his national broadcast in the wake of Mumbai terror strikes.

“I can assure you that each of those policy statements that the Prime Minister committed to the nation shall be implemented as soon as possible. Time is of essence," he said.

Sibal said the exact modalities of the implementation of these commitments were being worked out by the Home Ministry.

“It will be done. It is our commitment. Government wants to convey to the people that we will do all that we can to ensure that future safety is not jeopardised," he said.

Besides setting up a federal agency, the Prime Minister had announced strengthening of air and maritime security, creation of four NSG hubs and a legal framework to take on terrorism.

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