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Jan 18, 2019

Another example of ‘if I cannot be a terrorist there I’ll be one here’ – and a good day for Canadian justice

Writing as an old spy, I have despaired of late on how the Canadian justice system has dealt with national security cases, and more specifically terrorism cases. The BC loser couple John Nuttall and Amanda Korody had their jury guilty verdict overturned twice on appeal after they placed pressure cooker bombs on the grounds of […]

Jan 17, 2019

Last year’s Danforth Street attack in Toronto just got a whole lot stranger – and murkier

Last July 22 I was in Toronto on the waterfront giving a presentation to an audience on extremism. I don’t quite recall who they were but it might have been a group that does Ontario Legislature security. My talk was well received and I even got to sell a few of my books – so […]

Jan 16, 2019

What to do with violent extremist content online?

One thing that terrorists have been doing very well is getting their messages out to audiences, both willing and unwilling.  Groups such as Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda (AQ) and many others use a panoply of social media apps to draft, disseminate and promote material that extols their achievements and threatens more carnage, all with […]

Jan 16, 2019

When religious leaders tell their flock to kill

I have been looking at Islamist extremism as a form of terrorism for a very long time – more than two decades. When we delve into this topic we have to broach the very sensitive topic of religion and one religion in particular – Islam. Many are uncomfortable with this and many have tried to […]