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Ex-MI6 chief Sir John Sawers: ‘Terrorism attack on UK is inevitable’

By Alexandra Gagan / January 20, 2015
Sir John Sawers, photo curtesy of The Telegraph

Sir John Sawers, photo curtesy of The Telegraph

Former head of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, Sir John Sawers, has warned that a successful terror attack on the UK is all but inevitable which means there can be ‘no grey areas’ on the internet.

He said that the internet has to an open community, in the same way that communities in the real world operate.

In his first speech since stepping down as head spy, he said: “There is a dilemma because the public, politicians and technology companies, to some extent, want us to be able to monitor the activities of terrorists and evil-doers but don’t want their electronic activities to be open to such monitoring.

“The benefit of the debate is that people now understand that is not possible. There has to be some form of ability to cover communications that are made through modern technology.”

This speech comes in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, where two gunmen armed with assault rifles ambushed the French satricial weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring a further 11 during the attack.

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