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AVAILABLE EXPERT - Station reopens after Brussels attacks

Monday, April 25, 2016

Queen’s University security expert Christian Leuprecht can comment on Maelbeek Station reopening after the Brussels attack. On March 22, a bomb was detonated on a rush-hour train killing 16 people. Many commuters reported being very emotional upon returning to the station after the terrorist attacks.

“The visible security is more psychological than anything else: making people feel safe, and give the sense that the state is meeting it obligation to this end,” says Dr. Leuprecht. “But, of course, that sort of security presence is too resource intensive to be sustainable over the medium term, and it does little to deter would-be attackers because they will just pick a venue with less security. 

“However, such attacks are best deterred not through massive visible security and surveillance per se, but through effective, collaborative security intelligence and criminal investigation.  To me, the need to mount such a physical surge is indicative of persistent weaknesses on precisely those security intelligence and criminal investigative fronts that are indispensable to preempting and deterring any would-be terrorists in the first place.”

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