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No, you do not need a BA to be a spy

It is time to stop ruling out great Canadians from our intelligence agencies just because they never went to university.

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Why is Edward Snowden still making headlines?

Edward Snowden is painted as a courageous whistleblower and maybe he is. Yet there is little in life that is uniquely positive and this goes as well for the smashers of secrets.

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Articles University of Ottawa

Is the violent extremist issue bigger than a shoebox?

Assumptions that the violent extremist threat from individuals associated with RWE and other terrorist ideologies may be overstated.

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September Today in Terrorism

September 11, 2001: Attacks in New York and Washington

September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday. And a glorious Tuesday it was. I had walked to my job at CSIS – the Canadian Security Intelligence Service – as was my usual practice.

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Articles University of Ottawa

Canada is getting a failing grade when it comes to terrorism prosecutions

We have laws for good reasons, but when it comes to terrorism it seems these laws do not serve us well. Here are a few exemples.

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Podcast Quick Hits

CSIS used information collected via illegal activities. Why is this a surprise?

Former CSIS Analyst Phil Gurski discusses why CSIS was taken to task by the Federal court in Canada for using information collected via illegal activities.

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Articles The Chaos Group of Canada

Why can’t Canada deport a terrorist?

Al Qaeda member Mohamed Harkat should have been sent back to his native Algeria decades ago: why is he still here in Canada?

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Articles The Hill Times

The first rule of spy club: you do not talk about spy club

Former CSIS Analyst Phil Gurski weighs in on why it makes sense for nations to share intelligence where and when they can.

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Articles The Hill Times

More questions than answers on the Rideau Hall ‘incident’

Former CSIS analyst explain why, when we have so little to go on, it is best to refrain from pronouncing judgment on a violent incident.

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Podcast Quick Hits

Former Toronto 18 member Saad Gaya asks to be removed from no-fly list

Should convicted terrorists like Toronto 18 member Saad Gaya get a second chance? Former Security Service Analyst Phil Gurski weighs in.