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Is it time to drop terrorism from the Canadian Criminal Code?

When terrorism is applied to all kinds of criminal offences perhaps it is time to remove it from the criminal code: charges can be laid in other ways.

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Are there limits to intelligence sharing in counter terrorism?

Sometimes the need to ensure public safety and national security require ‘taking the ugly date to the dance’.

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What price military counter terrorism intervention?

When you call it a ‘war on terrorism’ you’d expect a military role, no? But is it the best approach?

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Our struggles to define ‘terrorism’ continue…

Those who advocate or not so subtly justify the use of violence by environmental activists are terrorists, pure and simple.

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Changing the language we use to describe terrorism does not make countering it any easier

Recent initiatives in Western countries like Canada to eschew terms like Islamist terrorism are nothing more than useless and counterproductive bureaucratic exercises.

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When terrorists become rulers

Bringing in (former) terrorists to run nations is generally a very bad idea: terrorist groups are not even remotely qualified to do so.

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Do terrorism convictions really lead to a life sentence?

Life sentences for terrorism are appropriate. Why does the Canadian justice system fail to appreciate this very simple concept?

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Are mental illness and terrorism mutually exclusive?

Are mental illness and violent extremism necessarily mutually exclusive? Can an individual suffer from some kind of psychological disorder and still be a terrorist?

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What should we do with ‘pretend’ terrorists?

Should a wannabe Canadian terrorist who lied about joining ISIS get away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist?

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When the fight for independence leads to terrorism

What do we do when independence movements which are not seen, at least not yet, as terrorist groups start to venture down that road.