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Inside Canadian Intelligence: Exposing the New Realities of Espionage and International Terrorism, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

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May 30 2011

Since 9/11, Canada has been on the front lines of a New World Order that few understand. And in today’s world, secret intelligence is not just the first line of defence – it may be the only one. Editor Dwight Hamilton has assembled a formidable cast of former intelligence officers and journalists to take you inside the covert and dangerous world of espionage and international terrorism.

This revised paperback edition provides a concise expos of every government organization in the Canadian national security sector. With first-hand accounts and informed analysis, the team behind Inside Canadian Intelligence has the esoteric expertise to accurately portray the new realities like no one else can. Forget James Bond: this is the real thing.

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Terrorist attack is certain; we can't ignore warnings Winnipeg Free Press Sunday, July 16, 2006 Inside Canadian Intelligence Exposing the New Realities of Espionage and International Terrorism By Dwight Hamilton Dundurn Press, 264 pages, $35 Reviewed by Harold Buchwald It won't come as a shock to anyone who has been paying heed to world terrorism that al-Qaida has labeled Canada as the fifth most important Christian country to be targeted. The United States, Great Britain, Spain and Australia have already been hit. Dwight Hamilton, principal author and editor of this remarkable book, rhetorically asks, "Who's next?" Perhaps, with inside knowledge, or professional clairvoyance, he was anticipating the apprehension of "the Toronto 17," the Canadian Muslims who were arrested in Ontario last month on charges of plotting terrorist activity within Canada. It was widely predicted that Inside Canadian Intelligence would never see the light of day. Besides Hamilton, a journalist, its main contributors are three former highly placed members of the Canadian security and intelligence community. The results are an informative and revealing study of the intricate and at times Byzantine multiple structures that have been put in place in a large number of different federal departments and agencies to apprehend and counter terrorist activity at home and abroad. Ex-security officials Kostas Rimsa and John Thompson each contributed four or five chapters. Former Winnipegger Robert Matas, national correspondent with the Globe and Mail, has added an enlightening chapter on the Air India bombings and the failures of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the RCMP in their handling of the investigation and prosecution of the suspected perpetrators. Readers will be fascinated by the substantial detail revealed and the lucid explanations provided of the murky world of intelligence and security. The information is up to date as of February of this year. They will also appreciate the authors' lament and frustration that their warnings of clear and present dangers are generally falling on deaf ears of politicians, commentators and the public at large, who seem to be either unaware or unconcerned. The particular Canadian political psyche provides a soft underbelly for terrorist elements -- foreign and domestic -- who would do us harm. According to Hamilton and colleagues, the barriers to effective surveillance and apprehension are: A prevailing lack of political will. Chronic under-funding. Bilingualism policies that have excellent candidates for senior intelligence work passed over because they don't speak French (although they speak eight other languages). Lax immigration policies and practices (there are currently over 200,000 illegal aliens in Canada). Privacy laws that inhibit personal investigations. An oversensitivity to Charter of Rights concerns. In these things, the authors say, we have fallen far behind the Americans, the British and the Australians in the misguided belief that it can't happen here. The authors propose a pragmatic seven-point plan of action to deal with espionage and terrorism in Canada in the current reality. They also urge readers to constructively lobby their members of Parliament and all political leaders. Describing intelligence as "the brains behind the sword," they urge that an al-Qaida attack is not a matter of if, but when. We ignore these warnings at our peril. Harold Buchwald is a Winnipeg lawyer and editorial page columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. 2006 The Winnipeg Free Press. All rights reserved.

(Harold Buchwald Winnipeg Free Press 2006-07-06)

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Dwight Hamilton has been an editor at two of Canada's largest professional journals. He is a former member of Canadian military intelligence.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton on Canadian security June 11 2012
As a lawyer, I read this book when it first came out a couple of years ago and thought it was an eye-opening view on how our country is protected from threats to our national security. Some of the updates at the end of this new version are even more intriguing. If you can handle the truth, you will want to read it. Highly recommended read. Contains information on the Arar matter, and Mr. Ignatieff's position.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read - But not long enough.... Jan. 14 2013
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Almost textbook style writing from the perspective of numerous respected Canadians within the industry. A great mix of political and technical criticism sprinkled with a few accolades.

A bit short... :( but maybe this is more telling about the scale of Canadian contributions in the area of intelligence in the world - which is truly unfortunate.
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By Sheila
My son is studying Canadian history and wants to specialize in threat analyst at university and this was one of the books he asked for.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not As Objective As I Hoped March 3 2013
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I bought this book hoping for more information on the different areas of Canadian Intelligence, what the various agencies are responsible for, and how they work to protect us. Additionally, I thought there would be chapters on how modern terrorism impacts Canada and how the agencies will work to adapt. The various chapters in the book are written by different people, and I find that takes away from a cohesive flow in the writing style. Although there is a bit of what I hoped for, such as what various agencies do, what I didn't need was the criticism of politicians or government for not funding, equipping, or taking threats as serious as the author believes them to be. Im about 3/4 of the way through, and most chapters have some sort of critique or opinion which I find distracting. Its clear that the chapters are written by people inside the field who likely do have a different perspective because of the information that they have access to, but I believe that the book could have been presented objectively and in a way that informs the public without the opinions being mixed in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Germany. Sept. 18 2012
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As someone who keeps up with what the top five intelligence agencies in the world are up to, this book
was not a disappointment. The reason is simple. This is an Abwehr (German Military Intelligence) text, masquerading
as a Canadian Military Intelligence text. Lest this review be taken down, I will give five lucid reasons:

1. There is no name Hamilton in Canada. Hamilton is the name of a city in Canada.

2. There are no names Rimsas and Thomson in Canada as well. The correct spelling of Thomson is Thompson, which is an
Australian name, even though some members of the Thompson family live in Canada.

3. Canadian military intelligence officers do not go to art school as stated in this text. OCAD (Ontario College Of Art
And Design). This is a tradition within right-wing Canadian military intelligence to not take anyone from a left-wing
school. What the gentleman is saying by saying he went to OCAD is that he is a German intelligence officer, since, as
you well know, art is highly respected in Germany, and a German military intelligence officer would have no trouble
going to a German art school and then on to his or her profession of German intelligence.

4. A Canadian military intelligence officer would never include actual Canadian statutes at the end of a book because
the price of a book with Canadian copyright material would be US $ 80. A German trained officer has no
understanding of this as there are no statutes under copyright in Germany.

5. In conclusion, if the gentleman had not mentioned the case of Omar Khadr, I would have assumed he was just poorly
trained. Omar Khadr was put into prison for taking the life of a US serviceman at age sixteen. In precedent,
there is no way for anyone, whether given the ethereal label ' enemy combatant', or the label 'criminal,' to
be sent to jail in the US. Any Canadian military officer would be thoroughly briefed on this topic as it
impinges on Canadian sovereignty. A minor cannot be tried as an adult in the US when the crime has occured outside
national boundaries. However it is politically possible to put someone sixteen years of age in jail as long as it
outside the US national boundaries. What Mr. Hamilton has stated is the German political position, which he has every
right to do so.
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