October 23 - Canada's PM Vows to Redouble Canada's Anti-Terrorism Efforts; Petty Criminal Turned Terrorist's Possible Links to the Islamic State; A Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Investigative Reporter Who is Facing Jail Time for Doing His Job

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We begin and go to Ottawa, Canada for a day-after appraisal following the killing of a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial and a shoot-out in the Canadian parliament. Thomas Juneau, a professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada, who worked for the Canadian Department of National Defense from 2003 to 2014, chiefly as a strategic analyst covering the Middle East, joins us to discuss Prime Minister Harper’s promise to redouble Canada’s anti-terrorist efforts and his description of the second attacker as a terrorist and the first as having been a part of a plot inspired by the Islamic State.

 

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Then we speak with Christian Leuprecht, a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada about the extent to which the two recent attacks on Canadian military personnel are in response to Canada’s recent decision to join the ant-Islamic State coalition, and although both assailants had already had been designated as high-risk travelers who had their passports confiscated because of jihadist sympathies, how was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau able to get to the Prime Minister’s caucus room in the parliament and was this recent convert, a petty criminal with drug convictions, acting as a low-tech free-lancer or an agent of the Islamic State?

 

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Then finally, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative journalist, James Risen joins us to discuss Canada’s more measured approach to anti-terrorism and counter-radicalism, compared to the United States’ overzealous reaction to 9/11 that led to the ongoing foreign policy disasters in the Middle East brought about by the continuing war in Iraq, as well as on the domestic front, with warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. We also discuss James Risen’s latest book, just out “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War”.

 

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