Canada column for Sunday, Aug. 21/16
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
The Canadian government is looking at toughening national security measures after police narrowly thwarted a terrorist attack.
Of concern are peace bonds such as the one issued to Aaron Driver, 24, who was on his way to launch a bomb attack when Mountie sharpshooters shot and killed him in a taxi outside his home in Strathroy, Ontario.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said there are “limitations” and the government is looking at having terrorist sympathizers undergo mandatory de-radicalization counseling.
The government is also spending $35 million to establish a center for countering violent extremism.
Driver was under a court-ordered bond with strict conditions to limit his movements, travel, internet communications and cell phone use after his arrest last year.
Even so, he was able to acquire bomb-making materials, make a “martyrdom video” and set out to blow up a device to cause mass casualties in an unnamed urban area.
His plans were foiled when the FBI advised the Mounties about the video and they were able to identify and confront him as he left the house.