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CSIS is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Terrorism here is a blessedly tiny problem and one that will most likely remain insignificant. The only real difference is what to do with the evidence when it comes time to lay criminal charges.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
When we throw out terms like genocide for what is happening now in Canada we dilute the concept.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I really hope that Ayub Mohammed can have a normal life one day, but it's also critical that the national security agencies are allowed to weigh in on cases like this.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canadian Muslims must also go the extra kilometre and denounce the treatment of Asia Bibi.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We need to make it clear that groups of this ilk do not enjoy official sanction and that we as Canadians universally reject their views.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I would suggest that CSIS should do it since that is the premier organization that knows what is happening in Canada.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canada was once concerned about Canadians in the Spanish Civil War back in the 1930s. Fast forward to 2019 and what phenomenon has seized the attention of the RCMP and the Canadian public? Returning IS foreign fighters.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
And for those contemplating violence in the name of their creed, do us all a favour and ask yourself: What would Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, or whoever, do?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I know the Canadian government has an on-again, off-again relationship with intelligence. But can it not at least take what its protectors give it at face value and use it to craft policies that make sense?
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
It is not for nothing that Afghanistan has earned the nickname 'the graveyard of empires.' And it is not going away any time soon.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We must hold our leaders to a higher standard. Speech like this is not just intolerant, it is intolerable. We cannot and must not tolerate it and we must call out those who engage in it, letting them know that we will no
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
More information is always better than less. We who try to put context into what is happening, whether it is terrorism or not, should always remember that.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We can learn about terrorism and its motivations by sharing more information, not less. We can be both true to our need to acquire details and our need to be sensitive to others. It is something that has to be done carefully, but it can be done.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We certainly cannot stand by as extremists and terrorists seek to undermine our societies under the aberrant conviction that we have it all wrong and they are going to show us how it should be done.

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