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Have CT practitioners been occupied or ‘preoccupied’ since 9/11?

Those who say intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been ‘preoccupied’ with Islamist terrorism since 9/11 are missing the point

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What 9/11 did, and did not, bring us

The 19th anniversary of 9/11 should make us take stock of where we are and convince us that terrorism is notr as dire as some say it is.

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9/11: looking back and looking forward

This piece is a bit of a cheat. Rather than an entirely new thought it is a cut and paste from the introduction to my fourth book An End to the War on Terrorism, published in 2018. Given that today marks the 18th anniversary of the single greatest terrorist attack in our planet’s history I […]

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9/11 ‘plotters’ may finally get their day in court – or not

As hard as it is to believe we are approaching the 18th anniversary of 9/11. That event was for me, and many others I know, the ‘where were you when..’ time in our lives (interestingly, for my older brothers, born in 1949 and 1952, theirs was the JFK assassination: I was not quite 3 at […]

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Canadian Intelligence Eh! Podcast

Podcast 16 – A journalism grad looks back at how a 12 year old saw 9/11

So excited about this interview with my daughter Erin on what it was like to witness 9/11 as a 12 year old and what terrorism means to her now. Have a listen!

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Why going after Iran to compensate 9/11 victims’ families means we have entered the Twilight Zone

There are times I read something and stop suddenly, asking myself “did I read that right?”, or “did I somehow get the message wrong?” Perhaps I skipped over the text and missed some detail (like yesterday when I thought I had a conference call that day which is actually taking place May 1). Maybe I […]

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How much has our understanding about radicalisation grown since 9/11?

Last week saw the emergence of a very interesting report by the Montreal-based Centre for the Prevention of Radicalisation Leading to Violence (known by its French acronym CPRMV) on the situation at the College de Maisonneuve, from where several young people had left to engage in jihad in Syria. ┬áThe centre, which was stood up […]

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Quick Hits Video

Quick Hits 158 – Are we losing our ability to label terrorism accurately?

Terrorism has been around for a long time but we have been especially captivated by it since 9/11.

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Is the West losing its perspective on radicalisation?

It may sound trite but when everything and everyone is seen as a terrorist – or a potential terrorist – the term has lost all its meaning.

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So who gets to decide what is and what is not a terrorist group?

The decision to name some groups as terrorist is often a very biased one: it is important to see why certain groups are labeled as such