Days after the foiled terrorist attempt by ISIS-supporter Aaron Driver, the situation is becoming increasingly clear. The suspect’s father spoke to the media, listing the potential causes that may have turned his son into a suicide bomber. More details continue to emerge about what exactly happened in the operation. And the RCMP held a news conference to clear the air on the matter. However, we cannot help but wonder that the explanation by the police raises more questions than it answers.
The operation was a success. There’s no doubt about that. The brave actions by Canadian law enforcement prevented what could’ve been a devastating suicide attack in a busy public intersection. Many police personnel risked their own lives to save the lives of others.
But there are important questions here. Two of them deserve our special attention. Why wasn’t Canadian intelligence able to contain the threat earlier when Driver was such a well-known ISIS supporter? And what steps is the government taking to prevent the possibility of such attacks in the future?
In the news conference, RCMP showed a video of a masked Driver praising the Islamic extremist militant organizations. He spoke in the support of recent terrorist attacks in Europe and warned that Canada would meet the same fate.
However, the information that became the basis of the police operation came not from the Canadian intelligence agencies, but the FBI. When asked, during the news conference, why the Canadian authorities weren’t able to take action on the threat, RCMP deputy commissioner Mike Cabana simply said that the two countries regularly share information. This answer’s not good enough.
And what about the government efforts to prevent other such attacks in the future? The situation doesn’t look good. Even the government’s own Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that the anti-terrorism efforts had “little national coherence.”
And you know the situation is bad when the government says it’s bad.