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New head of intelligence takes a tough line. “My job is to ensure that Norway doesn’t get caught unawares”. On his second day as head of Norwegian military intelligence, Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen is determined to do what’s necessary.Vigilant “My job is to give the Norwegian decision-makers the best possible basis derived from the information we collect. To ensure that Norway isn’t taken by surprise,” he tells Aftenposten.

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New head of intelligence takes a tough line

Published on Tuesday, 5th January, 2010 at 23:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

“My job is to ensure that Norway doesn’t get caught unawares”.

Kjell Grandhagen
Kjell Grandhagen
Photo: Torgeir Haugaard/Norwegian military


On his second day as head of Norwegian military intelligence, Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen is determined to do what’s necessary.

Vigilant

“My job is to give the Norwegian decision-makers the best possible basis derived from the information we collect. To ensure that Norway isn’t taken by surprise,” he tells Aftenposten.

Grandhagen says he plans to fight international terrorism by maintaining a presence everywhere, but views protecting Norway’s interests in the north as top priority. Afghanistan comes second.

Muslims

Though he says he has no prejudices against any particular group in Norwegian society, he regards Islamic fundamentalism as being a central part of today’s most dangerous international terrorism; something he believes is absolutely essential to focus on.

Grandhagen tells Dagbladet he doesn’t see his job as one of uniting the two cultures.

“The Intelligence Service’s role isn’t to reconcile two societies, but to engage in foreign surveillance”.



Published on Tuesday, 5th January, 2010 at 23:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: kjell, grandhagen, norwegian, intelligence, service, norway, muslims, islamic, fundamentalism, afghanistan, northern.





  
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