Tag Archives: Intelligence

Midst Toil and Tribulation…

Amidst all of the sound and fury surrounding the Snowden leaks and general discussions of electronic monitoring conducted by the NSA, several things seem to have been forgotten.  I am speaking, in particular, about the minor little facts that each and every intelligence agency, at least in the Five Eyes, has reciprocal relationships with the Continue Reading →

Critical Thinking and Strategic Intelligence: what Oracles really do

In our last podcast, Tom and I used a lot of analogic references between the social functioning of strategic intelligence agencies and various divination systems, exemplified by the Oracle of Delphi.  Some people may be inclined to dismiss the analogic reasoning behind those references, but that would be a mistake (see, for example, Stanislav Andreski`s Continue Reading →

The Assination of Pope Francis: The Troublesome Priest

Pope Francis is challenging the status quo of powerful entrenched interests.  He leads from the front while rejecting the trappings of hubristic wealth. This challenges other so-called leaders who travel in limousines and hide their activities behind bureaucratic walls, while letting lawyers and Public Relations (PR) machines speak for them.  Direct action and confrontation with Continue Reading →

Judicial Jihad and Analytical Tradecraft: Intelligence and the Courts

A former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service referred to the courts as being involved in “a form of judicial jihad” against the intelligence community.  A former Minister of Public Safety – Canada’s Department of Homeland Security – fears for the government’s ability to fight terrorism in light of “an increasingly complex legal environment.” Continue Reading →

The Supreme Court and Open Justice – The Case of Mohamed Harkat

How does the Government of Canada find that Mohamed Harkat is an ‘Al Qaeda sleeper agent’ when it has been reasonably and repeatedly established by the Government of Canada that Al Qaeda never had a sleeper agent network? Earlier concerns about such networks may have been valid, but they have since been discounted. The current Continue Reading →