Ex-CIA boss claims European Union ‘gets in the way’ of the security services

Nga bobi March 27, 2016 02:03

Ex-CIA boss claims European Union ‘gets in the way’ of the security services


A FORMER CIA boss has spoken out against the European Union, saying “in some ways it gets in the way” of security services.

Retired general Michael Hayden, who was in charge when Osama Bin Laden was killed by American Navy Seals in 2011, said the union was “not a natural contributor to national security”.

His comments come just days after former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove slammed Europe’s intelligence agencies as “vastly varying in professionalism” and said Britain gives away far more intelligence tips offs than we get back in return.


Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden is the latest intelligence agency chief to wade into the Brexit debate AFP

And yesterday Armed Forces minister Penny Mordaunt claimed that being part of the EU was putting Britain’s security at stake.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Hayden said the standard of security services across Europe was “very uneven”.

He added: “I don’t mean to be arguing against the European Union, but the union is not a natural contributor to national security to each of the entity states.

“In fact in some ways [it] gets in the way of the state providing security for its own citizens.”


He rejected the suggestion that if the UK left the EU it would make it harder for the USA to co-operate with national security services.

“We are a huge security service and each sees their national interests as being well served by having a productive relationship with us and, frankly, the same math does not apply to other services on the continent,” he said.

Former British spy chief Sir Jon Day weighed in saying it was “muddled and wrong” to claim quitting the EU would improve security.

Sir Jon, head of the Joint Intelligence Committee from 2012 to 2015, said it was “hard to see” how Brexit would be viewed “as anything but a retreat from the UK’s traditional place in the world”.

The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Defence Secretary have all said there are good reasons on the security front why Britain should stay in the EU.

And the former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand, has said the UK would be the loser from Brexit.

Gen Hayden’s comments were leapt on on by Brexit campaigners.

Arron Banks is very pleased about General Hayden’s comments Getty

Leave.EU co-founder Arron Banks said: “Now that a former head of the CIA, a security superpower, has shot down claims that the EU makes us safer, Cameron has no excuse for not being straight with the British public.”

It came as a study from a respected think tank found EU migrants are less likely to claim unemployment or sickness benefit than UK nationals – but more likely to report claiming tax credits and child benefits.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report looked at employment, housing and welfare figures.

IPPR research fellow Marley Morris said: “A large majority of EU migrants are in work and so are paying taxes rather than living off out-of-work benefits, but they are also more likely to be claiming in-work benefits than others in the workforce.”

Nga bobi March 27, 2016 02:03
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