Category Archives: Broken Mirrors

Episode Five: The Operation of Intelligence in a Democracy

This is the second of a two-part podcast set on the concept, and uses, of Strategic Intelligence. In this episode, Marc and Tom discuss how intelligence functions within democratic societies in an effort to look at how a theory of intelligence can emerge. Following up on the first part of the podcast, we look at Continue Reading →

Episode Four: Strategic Surprise, Intelligence and Terrorism: Developing a Tolerance for Disaster

This is the first of a two-part podcast set on the concept, and uses, of Strategic Intelligence. In this episode, Marc and Tom lay out the actual, social function of Strategic Intelligence and look at its place in the long history of divination. Strategic surprise, or intelligence failures, often are neither: a surprise or a Continue Reading →

Episode Four Delayed

Folks, it looks like we will not be releasing Broken Mirrors Episode Four until the week of 9th December. Burst pipes, illnesses, and other events have conspired to make the first part of our episodes on strategic intelligence a bit more difficult to get out to you. But be of good cheer, Marc and Tom Continue Reading →

Canadians will be Shocked by the Snowden Allegations about NSA and CSEC Spying (but not really…)

With apologies to Captain Renault of Casablanca fame, Canadians will be shocked, (shocked!) to find out that spying is going on in here!  Most of the statements that will soon emerge from pundits, the government and the media will offer  fake surprise and outrage.  But most of the statements will be simply hollow cries for Continue Reading →

Episode Three: Fear and (In)Security Theatre

In this podcast, Marc and Tom take a hard look at the concept, and reality, of ‘terrorism’. We start with a look at when terrorism as a tactic, makes strategic sense in historical and techno-social contexts. Moving into the operational level, we then look at how terrorist acts and narratives are woven together both by Continue Reading →

Filling the Strategic Gap: A Shocking Experience in Ottawa

The national capital witnessed an unusual event last Friday. Almost three hundred people from the government, industry, academia, and a variety of intelligence and security agencies met in a public forum hosted by the Canadian Military Intelligence Association (CMIA). This included the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Minister of National Defence Continue Reading →