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Jun 07, 2015

On-line arrests off-side?

The RCMP in Winnipeg detained a 23-year old Manitoban and seized a number of hard drives they said he used to express support for the Islamic State (see story here).  The youth arrested is a convert to Islam and the son of a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.  He as apparently been on CSIS’ watchlist […]

Jun 04, 2015

Nut at all a bad outcome

A Vancouver jury found John Nuttall and Amanda Korody guilty of terrorism yesterday after three days of deliberation (see Globe story here). This is good news from several perspectives a) it shows that terrorism cases can successfully be prosecuted through the court system b) our security and law enforcement agencies (CSIS was the first to […]

Jun 02, 2015

Not a Sunni proposition

I have already talked a bit about the Sunni-Shia split in an earlier piece (Brothers at Arms).  Today’s thoughts are along a different pathway. When I worked in the intelligence world and looked at violent radicalization, the focus was entirely on Sunnis, not Shia.  Of course, there were other kinds of violence to worry about […]

Jun 01, 2015

No way to run a railroad

The Canadian government has been in the counter terrorism (or countering violent extremism – CVE – as it is now known) for a long time.  In addition to the hard response (CSIS, RCMP…) there is the softer approach.  The latter involves engaging with Canadians and communities to talk about difficult issues like terrorism and radicalization. […]