Balancing individual rights and national security

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In his recent remarks at the Economic Club of Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) director David Vigneault indicated that new national security threats are keeping the country’s spies awake at night. While Vigneault acknowledged that terrorism is still a concern, he said that “foreign interference and espionage” are the “greatest threat to our prosperity and national interest.” Vigneault characterized …

Our fears came true in Brussels: now what?

Jessica West News

An underlying current of fear has run through Europe since the attacks on Paris last November. While life returned to normal in France, ‘normal’ was marred by a continuing state of emergency, increased surveillance, stronger policing and detention powers, neighbourhood raids, and an increased presence of police and weaponry. For five days Brussels, Belgium, launch site for the Paris attacks, …

Molenbeek: The Belgian epicentre of violent extremism

Branka Marijan News

Until recently, few had heard of Molenbeek, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. Now the media have labeled it “Europe’s jihadi central” and a “haven for jihadists.” The man described as the architect of last November’s Paris terrorist attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, resided there. Five days ago, Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national of Moroccan descent suspected of involvement …

Post-Paris revenge: François Hollande’s November speech reveals blind spots

Wendy Stocker News

By Philip MacFie On November 16, French President François Hollande addressed both houses of the French Parliament in the wake of the Paris terror attacks three days before. His speech is nothing short of a call for revenge on the Islamic State in Syria. France’s 9/11 Daniel R. Depetris writes of Hollande’s “9/11 moment.” Just as the World Trade Center …