Terror Attack In Canada Refocuses The Nation’s Attention On Homwgrown Jihadists
How Broad Is Canada’s Terror Network?
Sharon Cardash of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Institute places this week’s terrorist attack in Canada in context of the nation’s larger fight against homegrown jihadists.
“To help place and understand this week’s events in broader context, see the 2014 Public Report On The Terrorist Threat to Canada. Also see the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s description of the threat environment for Canada, as articulated earlier this year, which notes that ‘Canada, as a country, has not often been targeted specifically for attack,'” she writes.
Radicalism – A Problem Of Increasing Gravity
Canadian terrorism expert Tom Quiggin offers insight on the latest attack in Ottawa and why it represents the latest in a grown number of radicals threatening Canada’s security.
“Over the past years, a number of young Canadians have departed to be suicide bombers, IS fighters and terrorist attackers. Last week, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated that they had 63 national security cases linked to terrorism involving 90 suspects. Those include people who intend to go overseas to fight and those who have returned.
“Canada, much like the UK and other European countries, has allowed a steady stream of extremist individuals, money and ideology to enter the country. Since the 1980s, these individuals have set up front groups and charitable organisations to accomplish their goals,” Quiggin tells the BBC.
Canada Considering New Laws To Combat Terrorism?
As the threat of terrorism has grown, Canada has taken several steps to strengthen its counter-terror laws, which makes the latest attack more troubling, says analyst Kent Roach.
However, Roach does not advocate for more laws. Rather, he says, the issue is how the current laws on the books are enforced.
“In these debates [on whether there should be additional laws], it should not be forgotten that Canada has legal provisions that allow preventive arrests and peace bonds to be imposed on suspected terrorists. These provisions are infrequently used, and in many cases, a terrorist prosecution where the accused face reverse-onuses to be released on bail would be preferable. Bail in Canada can be denied on both public safety and public confidence grounds,” Roach contends.