Rep. Neal: More cooperation needed between U.S. and European intelligence

Armed British police officers stand guard after Eurostar services were suspended on the Brussels route because of the attacks in Belgium. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Less than one week after the terrorist attacks in Belgium, a man armed with a gun got into the U.S. Capitol’s visitor center. Congressman Neal said the federal government is doing everything they can to keep us safe. But he also said since terrorism is unpredictable, we have to be mindful at all times.

For example, Neal told 22News the Belgian government wasn’t monitoring some of the suspects in last week’s attacks, even though they previously used social media to talk about their commitment to jihad.

Neal said gathering intelligence is still the best way to prevent terrorism, which is why he’d like to see more cooperation between Europe and the U.S. “On our side, I regularly attend the intelligence briefings, but I think that we need to be mindful that there are some legitimate criticisms of what has happened in Belgium.”

Neal said in the coming days the government will try to learn more about San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. They’re trying to figure out whether he was part of a terrorism cell they should have known about, or if the incident was isolated.

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