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Quick Hits 154 – Why are we in such a hurry to call mass murder terrorism?

Two more mass shootings recently took place in the US – one in Atlanta and one in Georgia – making 103 since January 1st of this year.

Two more mass shootings recently took place in the US – one in Atlanta and one in Georgia – making 103 since January 1st of this year. The motives for either are unclear according to police, and yet some are already labeling both terrorism: white nationalist in the first case and Islamist in the second.

Former CSIS intelligence analyst Phil Gurski takes issue with this constant ‘instant analysis’.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

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