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daftandbarmy said:Good info, thanks!
Also, calling it a 'research' project helps take the pressure off of everyone re: doing something, anything, about the findings of course
Pretty standard to include recommendations and area for future work. As this seems like initial study, would expect it to start out with some 'feeling out' in phase 1 and then target on specific things. Expect it will include a bunch of surveys, but curious to see how they will investigate if CAF members hold extremist views without actually investigating CAF members directly in any kind of meaningful way.
For example, think it's completely reasonable for someone in the CSIS/security side to actively investigate CAF members social media etc if someone has identified someone as a possible threat, or if they've been identified as belonging to a group while looking at that specific group. Doing that proactively for an entire group would be a massive invasion of privacy IMO, but think inferring the extent of the problem from survey responses is questionable at best. Statistically I would expect the number of incidences to be comparable to Canada in general as we are a reflection of society in general, but if there is a genuine effort from extremists to infiltrate the CAF or other institutions I can't see that being uncovered by some sociologists asking a few questions.
Personally think we have the tools to deal with this already, but am always wary of things like these which go into it with a presumption that there is a problem, so the surveys and whatnot are skewed to situate the estimate and not to gather objective data. Am sure there are individuals with issues, and units with problems, but think an overarching determination is probably a massive simplification and generalization of a complicated issue that you need to look at the microscopic level. The recent cases we know about are all totally different with very different contexts, so not sure how you try and superimpose general observations from that.