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Shut your yap': Former CIA operative explains challenges in preventing terror attacks

Manchester, England, police arrested more people in the southern part of the city today in connection with the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena Monday night, which killed 22 people and wounded over a hundred more.

Later Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of the Manchester attacker Salman Abedi, was arrested in Tripoli, bringing the total number of people in custody to five.

Former CIA covert operations officer and president of Diligence, Mike Baker, joined Dana Loesch on "Dana" today to explain when it's appropriate or even possible to act on information about someone on a watch list for extremist behavior.

Baker said intelligence agencies in the United States are stretched thin and "it's the same way in the U.K." Even when agencies identify someone, they do not necessarily have the resources or legal ability to monitor that person around the clock.

Counter terrorism command in Britain is structured so that they take their guidance from MI5, whose target list is constantly changing based on what or whom they need to prioritize.

He suggested that those who criticize counter terrorism efforts when they don't understand what is involved ought to apply and serve in that capacity.

To see more from Dana, visit her channel on TheBlaze and watch full episodes of “Dana” live weekdays 6–7 p.m. ET or anytime on-demand at TheBlaze TV.

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