Sweden ‘needs new intelligence organ’

Sweden's intelligence and security agencies need to work more closely together to fight terror, Sweden's Liberal Party has said.

The party’s spokesmen on justice and defence issues have called for a new Department of the Interior to be set up, which would be responsible for the nation’s internal security.

“The Swedish attitude has long been naive,” justice spokesman Johan Pehrson and defence spokesman Allan Widman write in Saturday’s Svenska Dagbladet.

“Despite the fact that Sweden has been more affected by acts of terror and political assassinations than many other countries, the police lack resources, organization and tools,” they argue, adding that the foiled terror plot in London is a signal that the threat has not gone away.

The pair say that Swedish organizations involved in national security need more formal coordination. They point to Denmark and Britain, where integrated terrorism analysis centres have been estabished.

The work of three particular organizations needs to be be coordinated, they say. Säpo, which is responsible for internal security, formally ‘owns’ the terrorist problem at present.

It should work more closely with Must, the Military Intelligence and Security Service, which focuses on foreign intelligence, and FRA, which tracks electronic communication, they argue.

The new national intelligence centre would be the responsibility of the new Interior Department, they say. The department would also take over responsibility for the coastguard, the customs service and the police.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime