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Gijs De Vries Quotes

Europe has a long and tragic history of mostly domestic terrorism.

I have never come across a technology that doesn't change. This is inevitable. You have to adapt your systems as technology develops.

I remain optimistic. What we've seen in Europe and the rest of the world is that freedom has a much stronger attraction than radical fundamentalism.

If information ends up in the wrong hands, the lives of people very often are immediately at risk.

If you combat an international phenomenon, it is indispensable to share information internationally.

If you exchange information internationally, you must strengthen data protection. Those are two sides of the same coin.

In intelligence work, there are limits to the amount of information one can share. Confidentiality is essential.

In situations of military conflict, civil strife, lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations, terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks.

In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities.

Indiscriminate attacks on civilians ought, under all circumstances, to be illegal in war as in peacetime.

It's important that we work very closely with moderate Muslim forces locally, nationally and internationally.

Look at Iraq; look at Afghanistan, where at great personal physical risk people have gone to the polls and have rejected the appeal from Bin Laden and his allies to stay at home.

Muslim organisations tend to have a low level of organisation. The communities in Europe are quite diverse.

Our strategy should be to strengthen the hand of moderate Muslims.

Police forces collect information to be used in a public court to get people convicted. Security services gather information that does not necessarily lead to people being prosecuted and in many cases needs to remain confidential.

Terrorists always have the advantage of surprise.

Terrorists have failed in what is arguably al Qaida's most important objective - to trigger revolutions.

Terrorists have failed to trigger mass conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. We should draw strength from that fact.

The central role in the fight against terrorism is with national authorities.

The European Borders Agency in Warsaw has been created to help border forces in Europe cooperate more.