Inside Canadian Intelligence: Exposing the New Realities of Espionage and International Terrorism
Dundurn, May 30, 2011 - Political Science - 316 pages
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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The mistake this book makes right from the outset is not acknowledging Canada's meekness in the world. Thus, jumping into cheesy remarks like "it takes about as long to train an intelligence agent as a neurosurgeon", along with a dry overview of being a spy, the threats to Canada (oh yeah, "sixth likely nation to get hit"), and what Canadian intelligence agents do and who they coalesce with. All this needs to be taken first from the perspective by which the world sees Canada: timid & weak. Only then can you start to introduce stuff and say "look, Canada isn't so non-involved after all, etc.", or listing legitimate threats to Canada with the backdrop that no one really thinks there -are- any threats to Canada. That is my take. Overall, an informative book on what there is to Canadian Intelligence. But it's hard to read in the atmosphere in which it is given, which is a type of "Gung-Ho" nature.