Fitness changes, paying debts among CSIS’s ‘indicators’ someone is ‘mobilized to violence’

Changing up a fitness routine, getting rid of personal belongings and repaying debts are among a list of signs Canada’s spy agency says could show someone is taking steps toward terrorist activity — but the public should be wary of these so-called “indicators,” says one expert on radicalization.

The findings were made public in a new report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) that studied approximately 100 people who “mobilized to violence” in Canada, the majority travelling overseas “for extremist purposes” such as joining ISIS.

The report says it focuses not on why a person may become radicalized, but rather on how someone goes from radicalization to preparing for violent action, such as plotting an attack or travelling to join a terror group.

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