David B. Harris

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David B. Harris is a Canadian lawyer and "noted terrorism expert".[1] He is a former contractor with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service where he was a senior manager between 1988 and 1990.[2] Since 2015, he has been director of the international intelligence program at Insignis Strategic Research and a frequent media commentator on issues related to terrorism.[1][3] He is a former Senior Fellow for Terrorism and National Security at the now-defunct Canadian Coalition for Democracies.[citation needed]

Notably, Harris has suggested that Canada's immigration policy encourages the use of Canada as a base for terrorists and he has consistently advocated for harsher Canadian laws to combat terrorism. He is an outspoken defender of the Canadian government's use of security certificates to detain terrorism suspects without trial.[citation needed]

Public statements[edit]

In an October 2001 interview with PBS, Harris was sharply critical of Canadian immigration policy. He stated that "Montreal is the place you probably want to be if you are an Algerian extremist" and that Canada's then-current immigration policy was "making Canada a kind of Islamic extremist aircraft carrier for the launching of major assaults against the U.S. mainland".[4]

In a June 2002 interview with 60 Minutes, Harris stated that there were at least 50 terrorist groups then operating within Canada, including the Irish Republican Army, Hezbollah, Hamas and Al Qaeda.[5]

In an April 2006 interview, Harris expressed his support for the Conservative government's apparent willingness to crack down on terrorism, and praised the antiterror legislation introduced by the previous Liberal government.[6]


  1. ^ a b Aedan, Helmer (17 November 2015). "Canada quietly ramped up security: Expert". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  2. ^ "A terrible legacy". Ottawa Citizen. 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ Willing, John (23 November 2015). "Syrian refugees being limited to women, children and families: report". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
    - "Securing Public Spaces". The Hill Times. 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Is Canada a Safe Haven for Terrorists?". PBS. 1 October 2001. Retrieved 10 January 2007.
  5. ^ "U.S. news program alleges Canada home to dozens of terrorist groups". CBC News. 26 April 2002. Retrieved 10 January 2007.
  6. ^ "Q&A with terrorism expert David Harris". Maclean's. 19 June 2006. Archived from the original on 11 December 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2007.

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