The perception that violence and extremism are the rise and getting worse, especially far right terrorism, may not be accurate.
In making decisions on national security and threats we cannot afford to get bogged down in useless debates about language and fear of ‘offending’ people.
We seem to be going through a transition in the world of terrorism where some actors select a potpourri of causes to justify violence.
When trying to decide what information to rely upon in the aftermath of terrorist attacks the word of terrorists themselves should be ignored.
While terrorism, largely of the Islamist variety, is global, some nations do not appear to suffer from it as much – why?
Jihadis who plan attacks over the holiday season clearly have missed the message behind Christmas. Bah humbug!
The phenomenon of radicalisation has been looked at in detail by security intelligence services and law enforcement agencies: it is not new.
The war in Gaza has heightened calls among jihadi groups for terrorist attacks in the West and particularly against Jews. What does all this mean?
The belief by some that a particular form of international terrorism, i.e. jihadi violent extremism, is on the wane or no longer important is most definitely wrong.
A decision to collect intelligence from human sources abroad on security matters needs to be carefully thought out and not done flippantly