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Quick Hits Video Washington riots

No, the January 6 Capitol riot was not an ‘intelligence failure’

Pushing back against the idea that the US intelligence community ‘failed’ on January 6.

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National Security Quick Hits Vienna shooting

Why do security services get blamed when things go badly?

Austria apparently received but failed to act on intelligence from Germany and Slovakia. Was the attack a failure?

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Good counter-terrorism practices require wide sharing among international security services

The Five Eyes alliance has served the current partners well by giving them an expanded intelligence base. This benefit is enhanced by the opportunity for professional discussions amongst intelligence partner agencies.

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COVID-19 Quick Hits Video

The Canadian government still doesn’t get intelligence

Intelligence agencies exist to help officials make better decisions. Some nations have true ‘intelligence cultures’ where the value of this kind of information is recognised. Then there is Canada.

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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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Podcast Quick Hits

Armed suspect at Rideau Hall and Trump denies Russian bounty intelligence

Two interesting developments in two capitals. Armed suspect arrested at Rideau Hall and Trump denies being briefed on Russian bounty intelligence.

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Articles The Hill Times

Privacy and our spy agencies

Spies act in the shadows for obvious reasons: does this mean they are constrained by privacy issues?