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Intelligence Veteran Reviews – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Is HYDRA a terrorist organisation which created the ultimate terrorist?

In the 2016 Marvel film Captain America: Winter Soldier, the evil HYDRA has created a super (bad) soldier called the Winter Soldier who kills a bunch of people. But is he a terrorist? Phil Gurski looks at the film from a security intelligence perspective.

For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. That becomes clear when Director Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies.

When Rogers acts on Fury’s warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organization.

Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar.

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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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