Paris, France - A national state of emergency has been declared across France after at least six coordinated assaults were staged in Paris, which killed at least 120 people and injured an estimated 200 others.
Startling information has just surfaced that indicates French National Police met with German BKA federal police and German BND federal intelligence service to discuss an imminent pre-planned terrorist attack on Paris weeks ago.
According to a report by SOFREP:
Industrial targets were already being probed by suspected terrorists in France, and a bomb which failed to detonate was found in one facility. The explosives employed were those stolen in a little-publicized theft from a French military armory months prior. The French and German federal police and intelligence services strongly believed at that time that terrorists were casing soft targets inside Paris and that it was, “A matter of when, not if.” The only point of contention within the French security services was whether or not the target would be soft (civilian) or hard (military, government, industrial) in nature.
The Mumbai-style attack hit soft targets across Paris in a coordinated assault using explosives and semi-automatic rifles.
France, already on high alert for terrorist attacks due to the upcoming global climate conference in Paris, deployed 1,500 French troops onto the Paris streets and all police personnel had leave cancelled.
According to a report by Reuters:
A Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people attending a rock concert at the Bataclan music hall. Anti-terrorist commandos eventually launched an assault on the building. The gunmen detonated explosive belts and dozens of shocked survivors were rescued. Some 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, the city hall official said, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the national stadium, where Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching a friendly soccer international. Some 200 people were injured.
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Paris Public Prosecutor Francois Molins’ spokeswoman said eight assailants had also died, one of which was gunned down by police, while seven others had blown themselves up with explosive belts at various locations.
"It was carnage in that concert hall," freelance journalist John Laurenson told Al Jazeera from Paris. An American band, Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the venue when it was attacked.
A large fire has reportedly broken out at the 'jungle' refugee camp, in which an estimated 7,000 Syrian and North African refugees reside, at the port of Calais following the terror attacks in Paris. It is unknown at this time if the blaze was part of the coordinated terror assault or a xenophobic anti-immigrant reaction to the attacks.
After a military instillation in southeastern France was robbed of close to 200 detonators, 40 grenades and one "pile" of plastic explosives in July, French intelligence authorities were fully aware it was not a simple criminal theft, but something much more sinister.
What is unmistakable at this point is that the French authorities had forewarning of an impending attack on Paris and were completely impotent to avert catastrophe.
“We were expecting something. We knew it was coming,” one western diplomat told BuzzFeed News on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the subject. “The fact that we failed to stop it is definitely a failure. But you can’t imagine the number of attacks we have stopped. This was the nightmare scenario. The targets were all soft targets. How can you protect against people determined to attack a bar or concert?”
With the current global spying apparatus in place, it would seem virtually impossible to coordinate such a large-scale attack, with so many individuals involved, without alerting intelligence authorities. If all the domestic spying taking place is actually meant to keep people safe from terrorism, as governments across the globe claim, then why can't states stop these types of attacks?
The public is constantly being propagandized by the government to believe that mass surveillance is necessary to thwart terrorist attacks, yet the track record seems to indicate otherwise. If that's the case, then perhaps we must then consider the possibility that these surveillance programs are not meant to keep us safe, but are simply another means of control.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay's work has been published on Ben Swann's Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.