Category Archives: Counter-terrorism

Hey, mainstream media! Here are some pointers for doing your job

Dear Journalists of the Mainstream Media, It is fair to say that, pretty much exactly as in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, you have failed once again to fulfil your professional mandate and live up to even … Continue reading

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How not to tackle Islamic State

The current hysteria shown by both politicians and the mainstream media about Islamic State (IS) is so devoid of reason and factual evidence that it is difficult to know where to start in formulating a corrective. As a researcher who … Continue reading

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Fantasy and the Epistemological Crisis of Counter-terrorism

As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do not know. But there are also unknown … Continue reading

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How Bizarre: Book-burning, Magic and the Logic of Counter-terrorism

Recently, I was amazed to read the following story from a colleague of mine who had experienced first-hand the terrifyingly illogical world of counter-terrorism. He related the following experience: Travelling to ISA from Dublin via Heathrow, I was going through … Continue reading

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