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Stories by Phil Gurski

No such thing as privacy intrusions in the age of oversharing

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
If we elect to put ourselves out there, do we not give up our right to privacy? In other words, do we not lose control over who sees it and how they choose to use it?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Dougal MacDonald’s insipid views do not belong in Canadian society, let alone on a university campus.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Are we a rollover international dupe? Are other countries laughing and pointing at us saying, 'Hey, it doesn’t matter what we do 'cause Canada will pay!'?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Developments and trends around the world demonstrate quite clearly that Islamist extremism has not disappeared, the ‘defeat’ of the Islamic State notwithstanding.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
When counterterrorism is done sloppily, it undermines everything else we do in that regard. It is already hard enough to sell these efforts to Canadians. This charade makes it harder.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
China is playing us for dupes. We need to understand that no one, and especially no state, does anything important out of altruism.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The actual place of incubation does not matter. What does is having a bevy of like-minded co-conspirators and access to relevant material, and that can happen anywhere.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
One tangible thing Public Safety Canada does do is maintain what is known as the ‘list of terrorist entities.'
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Opinion|By Phil Gurski
But what if all this concern over the fate of the planet were to lead to an equally worrisome yet opposite wave of violence?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The PPC could make a comeback. There is indeed room for a civilized debate on immigration and values, provided that conversation remains 'civilized.' We don't need dog-whistle politics.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
At the end of the day Don Cherry is probably just an old racist. That he has stooped to ridiculing others is a sad state of affairs for someone many of us once liked to listen to. He should have known better.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Groups that hold extremist views and potentially violent extremist ones such as the Soldiers of Odin, the Proud Boys, and the IIIpercenters also tend to gravitate towards causes such as those espoused by Wexit.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We are thankfully not inundated with terrorism in Canada. It would be nice, however, to call it what it is when it occurs.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Here's what needs to be done on the national security/public safety front.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS is criticized when it refuses to divulge anything at all. It is criticized when it at least makes an effort to let out some information. Why should the intelligence agency even try then?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Even if terrorism is a rare event—we have officially been at medium on a five-point threat scale since 2014—we still call upon CSIS and the RCMP to investigate such threats and to neutralize them.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
What is transpiring in Canada is not that different than what some other nations have seen.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I have no idea who Cameron Ortis is or whether he is guilty of the accusations made against him. But there is much about this that I am familiar with: very familiar.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We must remind ourselves that all of this is alleged and not proven. Cameron Ortis is, of course, innocent until any of this is demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt. It does not look good, but we must wait and see. 
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
There are unanswered questions about Joshua Boyle and why the horrific ordeal he put his wife and kids through began in the first place.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I do not have answers to, what is at its core, a very complicated question. I wish I did.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS makes mistakes too, but we all have a stake in its success.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The Islamic State isn't dead yet, and a new generation is embracing the terrorist regimes of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Don't let perfect be the enemy of the very good when it comes to Canadian counter terrorism.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
There is a lot of money to be made by having a robust relationship with Saudi Arabia, particularly in the defence sector. But what is more important: trade or the values Canada stands for?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Trying to stifle the voices of experienced Canadians who are critical over what China is trying to do sounds a lot like what China does to its own citizens, does it not?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
What happened on the Danforth was a terrible crime that killed two, wounded many more, and scarred even more for life. And yet there is nothing to support the theory that the assailant was a terrorist.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS is legislatively mandated to investigate threats to the security of Canada, defined under Sec. 2 of the CSIS Act, by the powers granted under Sec. 12. One of these threats is politically motivated violence.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canadian lobby firm should not be doing business with Sudan military.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The reasons why terrorists are made are multiple and complicated and each person goes through an individualized transformation. This complexity requires individualized attention. Furthermore, how long do you monitor someone to conclude that he or she will not end up killing in the name of an ideology? Six months? A year? Two years? Who has the resources to do that kind of follow up?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The CSIS report sheds valuable light on what keeps the director and his staff up at night. CSIS is far from perfect but it is an excellent security service.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS actually had no choice but to get rid of the material. As an internal study found in 1988, the files did not meet the threshold in the CSIS Act to justify being kept in the service’s active inventory and also fell short of criteria for preservation set out by the national archives.

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