Quick Hits

Can the word of a terrorist group be taken at face value?

When trying to decide what information to rely upon in the aftermath of terrorist attacks the word of terrorists themselves should be ignored.

Episode 235 – Why would anyone believe what a terrorist group says?

In a world of too much information from too many sources it can be a challenge deciding what to believe and what to ignore. When it comes more specifically to terrorism there are competing versions of what happens and what it means. How can an average citizen wade through this morass? Borealis suggests ways to become better informed.

Oct. 7 Assaults, Including Sexual Violence, Could Be Crimes Against Humanity, U.N. Experts Say – The New York Times (

UN Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict to Visit Israel – PassBlue

Media backtracks on Gaza hospital blast after relying on Hamas as source : NPR

Al-Shabaab | Council on Foreign Relations (

Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants: Six reasons they have not been defeated (

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.