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Is the far right extremist threat really that big in Canada?

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The Islamist threat has far outweighed that of the right-wing threat by a long shot; at least in terms of public perception and impact. We are living, after all, in a world defined, in many ways, by 9/11.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Our society has to decide what the balance is between giving our security intelligence and law enforcement agencies the tools they need and safeguard the privacy and the immunity from eavesdropping we crave.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Increasingly, we are faced with the need to take action against violent material present on an increasingly diverse online environment. Not surprisingly, governments are having a hard time keeping up.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
What was once termed the 'Global War on Terrorism' has morphed into the 'Long War,' a term that has been changed by some to the 'Eternal/Never-ending War.'
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Seeing our counter-terrorism efforts through the lens of ‘war’ is misguided and counterproductive.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
By engaging in discriminatory practices against an entire community for the sins of a tiny part, they force that majority to circle the wagons out of a sense of self protection.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Contrary to public wisdom, radicalization to violence is a Canadian problem: it does not appear on our shores via the immigration system.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The Communications Security Establishment is already working to prevent Russia and other states from interfering with the next election, but the CSIS Act gives the spy agency plenty of room to lend a hand.
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Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Long waits in line are the price we must pay to avoid a disastrous attack.
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. 
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.

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