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Quick Hits 174 – Police may drop ‘Islamist’ term when describing terror attacks

There are those out there who want authorities to stop calling Islamist terrorism by that name.  Alternatives include “faith-based terrorism” and “terrorists abusing religious motivations”.

In this Quick Hits podcast, Borealis argues why this is wrong-headed and counterproductive.

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About 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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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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