How do we determine threat levels?

There are a lot of misconceptions out there on how intelligence agencies do what they do.…

Mr. Harper and national security – a report card

Now that Stephen Harper is an ex prime minister, we can be sure to see dozens…

Narrative and the defeat of IS

If there is one thing that terrorist groups like the Islamic State are good at doing,…

A new government and national security

Canadians have overwhelmingly voted for change.  Mr. Harper is now a former prime minister and Mr.…

Sects and violence

As worthy and beneficial as religion can be, it is nevertheless true that religion has also…

When is a terrorist not a terrorist?

Spoiler alert: I am not getting into the debate about “one man’s terrorist is another man’s…

Seeking the easy way out

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the US (how many this year?  Too…

Elections and security: how safe are we?

As we near the end of a very long federal election campaign, I’d like to review…

Stimulus and response

I just saw a very interesting, and disturbing, movie at a downtown Ottawa cinema. “The Stanford…

Fitting the profile

Another mass shooting in the US.  Another nation in grief.  Another set of questions on Why?…