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Quick Hits 137 – When a government ‘delists’ a terrorist group, it shows how political the process really is

10 years ago, Canada dropped the Iranian group MEK from terror list.

WATCH When a Government ‘Delists’ a Terrorist Group, it Shows how Political the Process Really is
20 years ago the Canadian government decided to list the Iranian group MeK (Mujahedin-e-Khalq) as a terrorist group.  Ten years later a different government elected to ‘delist’  it.  Why?  Had it changed its ways?  If not, what does this say about the whole process? 

In this Quick Hits episode, Borealis comes out against the whole process of listings, calling it more or less useless.

10 years adgo, Canada is dropped an Iranian group that once allied itself with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from its official list of terrorists. In taking the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK, off the list, the Conservative government was following the lead of the United States and the European Union. The Tories provided no reasons for delisting the MEK, or for opting to keep 43 others on the list.


WATCH Canada Labels Proud Boys as Terrorists: Why the Listing Process is Political and Unnecessary
So, the Canadian government just listed 13 more groups to its terrorist entities list, including the Proud Boys, 3 Al Qaida affiliates and 5 ISIS franchises.  To what end? 

More about “Listed terrorist entities”

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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