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Canada should do the right thing and bring Afghan interpreters to safety

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Being a Canadian means being compassionate and doing the right thing. Allowing these Afghan interpreters to come here fits both bills.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Weird theories about shootings are both unhelpful and un-Canadian. Yes, we need to address the very real threat of terrorism in this country. It does occur but it does occur rarely. That is a fact.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Even though those who engage in violence do not fit any kind of demographic they all tend to engage in behaviour that should tell those closest to them something is amiss.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Is Alex Neve seriously of the opinion that Canada has no interest in vetting potential visitors who may in fact be terrorists and who may intend us harm? Really?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Ihsaan Gardee paints a picture of CSIS that seems to have it in for Canada’s Muslims and which has undermined attempts by those communities to 'establish robust partnerships.' He's wrong.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
In the end, the terrorists were successful and the blame for this lies with CSIS, the RCMP, and others. Simply stated, we did not perform our duties well enough and many people died. There is no excuse for this.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
In the wake of the next successful attack—and yes there will be one notwithstanding the efforts of CSIS—will Canadians be okay if one of the factors in the failure to prevent it was a lack of data? I don’t think so.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
If there were to be a significant downturn in intelligence sharing, the impact on CSE and CSIS would be very different. 
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Opinion|By Phil Gurski
All in all, it was a success story from the viewpoint of those charged with preventing bad things from happening.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The U.K. has had as many plots in 18 months as we have had in 18 years, more or less.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
In the end, this ruling may force the government of Canada to rethink CSIS’ role. It may change the rules of the road to have the intelligence agency collect to evidentiary standards.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
These are highly staged events, planned months and years in advance and little is left to chance. The leaders’ conference is held in a bubble anyway, minimizing any likely effect on the mindset of those leaders. There are many more opportunities to effect change.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I fear there is a lot happening behind the scenes and I am not so sure it is all true. JCPOA may not have been perfect but, as Winston Churchill once said, jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
For those alleging mistreatment, your anger and lawsuits should be directed at those who meted out that mistreatment, not the agency tasked with helping to keep us safe.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
As Québec City demonstrated, and as Burnaby may show one day, terrorism is not the sole purview of one ideological bent. We need to be open to other possibilities and let the facts dictate our response.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Governments need to figure out a way to manage this national security resource shortfall.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Terrorism in Canada and the U.S. remains an outlier despite what you might want to believe based on hyped news coverage.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canada has deported people to countries where torture is a possibility and I cannot recall a single instance where those removed were in fact mistreated.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
It is important not to overemphasize the influence or power that Canadian Freemen have. They constitute a small group and the vast majority engage in nothing more than court challenges. This is frustrating and aggravating but it does not pose a threat to the state.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The juxtaposition of illicit tobacco and terrorist financing is a cheap shot and one that should be sidelined. Even if there is a small connection, the benefits of plain packaging, which enjoys the support of every lobby group, are far more important in lowering the numbers of people who smoke.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The world is not getting any safer any time soon and if we do not adopt a more aggressive stance we will be at greater risk. CSE is part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I do not want to overplay the terrorist threat to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago. At the same time we need to acknowledge that the threat is variable and that we must remain vigilant. Canada has to ensure that our immigration system has the resources and knowledge to identify and keep bad actors out.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I hope CSIS takes another chance and lets Canadians know more about what it is doing, what its concerns are and what it has discovered regarding those concerns.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The Air India terrorist attack of June 23, 1985, should be up there as well as it was the largest single terrorist attack prior to 9/11 but it does not seem to have resonated as much, perhaps because the aircraft went down off the coast of Ireland and not in Canada where the bombs were manufactured and placed in the luggage hold.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
So no, our immigration process is not rife with terrorists and even if our system is far from perfect it does an adequate job of screening those who wish to call Canada home.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Whatever happens to Joshua Boyle under the current charges, he has a lot of explaining to do.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Is the Ottawa City Hall plan to put up barriers a good one and is it justified to use tax dollars in this way? The answer, as always, is complicated.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
There is nothing behind the vast majority of threats posted online by terror groups. They are empty intimidation with the sole purpose of scaring us, which seems to be exactly what they are doing judging by our reaction to their taunts. We are handing relevance and legitimacy to the terrorist groups we should be ignoring, writes Phil Gurski.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We cannot dismiss those who elected to join a heinous group that decapitates prisoners and rapes girls as fools and hapless idiots. We must take this seriously and hand down sentences that reflect the grave nature of what these individuals opted for. Anything less is a travesty, writes Phil Gurski.

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