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Dwight Hamilton has been an editor at two of Canada's largest professional journals. He worked for Canadian military intelligence in the 1980s.
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 ap