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Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

26 Oct

A letter sent to the NY Times and not published: Paul Theroux [website here] writes (“Pardon the American Taliban”, Oct. 23) that “after Sept. 11, the United States invaded Afghan…

Source: Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

Mark Collins – RCMP’s Anti-Terrorism Fight Giving Mob Increasingly Free Pass

24 Oct

Further to this 2015 post before the federal election, Policing Terrorism in Canada: Feds Don’t Match Mouth With Money the Liberal government is now not stepping up to its job properly to fund core…

Source: Mark Collins – RCMP’s Anti-Terrorism Fight Giving Mob Increasingly Free Pass

Mark Collins – Increasingly Kinetic US Small Ball Military Engagement in Somalia

17 Oct

POTUS has been considerably expanding the limited American involvement in this splendid little war in accordance with his small ball approach to intervention abroad–excerpts from a major NY T…

Source: Mark Collins – Increasingly Kinetic US Small Ball Military Engagement in Somalia

Mark Collins – Iraq: Upcoming Battle for Mosul Update

14 Oct

Further to this post, things could get exceedingly nasty; can Iraq stay united (and how far will the Turks go, both around Mosul and to prevent any independent Kurdistan?). At Defense One’s &…

Source: Mark Collins – Iraq: Upcoming Battle for Mosul Update

Mark Collins – Counter-Terrorism: CSIS’ New C-51 Powers Not So Threatening in Practice

12 Oct

The civil liberties sky has not fallen–and surely will not under the Liberal government: John Ivison: Fear of oppressive surveillance by spy agencies under Tories’ anti-terror legislation unf…

Source: Mark Collins – Counter-Terrorism: CSIS’ New C-51 Powers Not So Threatening in Practice

Mark Collins – Australia: Dangerous Terrorists? Just Keep’em Locked Up

11 Oct

Whilst many Canadians are worried about our recent anti-terrorism law, C-51 (text here); they play hard-nosed Down Under: Terrified of terror, Australia plans indefinite detention even after senten…

Source: Mark Collins – Australia: Dangerous Terrorists? Just Keep’em Locked Up

Mark Collins – Iraq: Upcoming Battle for Mosul, Plus Turkey

6 Oct

The latest at the invaluable MILNEWS.ca: – Closer to Mosul Push “Anti-ISIS fight will get harder after Mosul, says Canadian general” – “Canadian general: ‘Fall of Mosul is inevitable’ “ – “Mo…

Source: Mark Collins – Iraq: Upcoming Battle for Mosul, Plus Turkey

Mark Collins – Under PM’s Thumb: Proposed Canadian Parliamentary Security/Intel Review Committee

6 Oct

Further to this post, Under His Thumb? Proposed Canadian Parliamentary Security/Intel Review Committee The prime minister’s thumb it appears… it looks like the Library of Parliament agrees wi…

Source: Mark Collins – Under PM’s Thumb: Proposed Canadian Parliamentary Security/Intel Review Committee

Mark Collins – ISIS Dhaka Massacre: Bangladeshi-Canadian’s Bloodthirsty Notes from Beyond the Grave

6 Oct

Further to this post (note further links relevant to the quotes below), A Canadian, ISIS, Bangladesh and Terror…and Earlier Calgary the gory gloating: Islamic State magazine publishes essay possibl…

Source: Mark Collins – ISIS Dhaka Massacre: Bangladeshi-Canadian’s Bloodthirsty Notes from Beyond the Grave

Mark Collins – Syria: POTUS be Prudent vs Assad and Bad Vlad

4 Oct

While I have often been sceptical about President Obama’s handling of international matters, and awful as things are in Syria and as great the moral outrage, I not think this is the time to d…

Source: Mark Collins – Syria: POTUS be Prudent vs Assad and Bad Vlad