All posts by Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting. He worked as a strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community for over 30 years. He specializes in radicalization and homegrown Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Islamist-inspired extremism. He has spoken to audiences about terrorism around the world. Email: borealisrisk@gmail.com

An uneventful G7 – from a security standpoint

Compare that with the 2010 G8/G20 disaster in Toronto where police cars were burned, bank windows were smashed and hundreds were arrested. The question raises itself: what was different this time in Canada?

The debate over prison conditions for convicted terrorists

There was a very interesting juxtaposition of stories on violent extremism this week in two Western, democratic nations where two acts of terrorism shocked their populace’s in recent years. 

Score one for the good guys!

As a society we have to decide what powers and what tools to give our protectors. Are we ok with the use of devious tactics to deal with devious actors?

Finally some data about the mental health-terrorism link

The presence of symptoms of a mental disorder will only ever be one of many factors in an individual’s movement toward radicalization.

A good day for anti-extremist forces

Extremism is extremism, irrespective of political or ideological stripe. We must restrict the use of force to the State (and even that must be judiciously exercised).

Sometimes a bomb is just a bomb

Terrorism is all too real but it is still not an everyday event everywhere. We would be best to remember that.

How reliable are terrorist ‘defectors’?

Why many countries believe that everyone, regardless of the offence they committed, even a terrorist, deserves a second chance.

The damned if you do damned if you don’t problem with CVE

If we want to reduce the number of terrorist attacks, we need to have agencies other than security services and law enforcement talking to and listening to communities.

The problem with terrorism ‘expertise’

When you listen to a self-styled expert on terrorism, check out why they are so. What have they written? Where do they get their information from? Why are they offering comment?

A journalist’s responsibility to help counter terrorism forces

Where does the job as a journalist ends and the job as a citizen begins? An analysis by Phil Gurski.

Why it is important to reserve judgment on the Toronto attack

I learned a long time ago that to be accurate and to do true analysis you need intelligence and/or information to make a judgment and we do not have that yet.

Another Monty Python moment, if it were not so serious

Who decides what a religion is and is not? I want to build on the Crusader theme for today’s piece in light of a recent US trial.

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