Category Archives: Podcast

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 →

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 →

Episode Two: The War in your Wallet: The Real Invisible Hand

In this podcast, Marc and Tom take a look at  a rarely discussed, structural vulnerability in advanced societies:  the payments and settlements system. We first put this system in the historical context of economic warfare, then look at some potential forms of attacks, followed by a discussion with Michelle Couturier about possible local defensive measures. Continue Reading →

Episode One: My Brother’s Keeper?

In this inaugural episode of Broken Mirrors, Marc and Tom talk about where they want to see the series going and the long history of Canada-U.S. relations in intelligence and military matters. In the second segment, they are joined by Ian MacLeod and engage in a freewheeling discussion on changes in journalism, the effects of Continue Reading →