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No, violent incels are not terrorists

As the trial of Alek Minassian gets underway doubt is raised as to whether he is mentally responsible. Borealis looks at why we should not call violent incels ‘terrorists’.

As the trial of a Toronto man who drove a van down a busy street killing 10 gets underway doubt is raised as to whether he is mentally responsible.  More importantly, he may not be the incel (involuntary celibate) he claimed to be.  Borealis looks at why we should not call violent incels ‘terrorists’.

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No, violent incels are not terrorists

As the trial of Alek Minassian gets underway doubt is raised as to whether he is mentally responsible. Borealis looks at why we should not call violent incels ‘terrorists’.

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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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