New year may bring new legislation to help combat lone wolf, foreign fighter phenomena in Canada

This year saw Canada’s police and intelligence agencies respond to what security experts say is a “new normal” — the dual threat posed by radicalized individuals seeking to do harm at home and those seeking to carry out terrorist activities abroad.

In the face of the so-called “lone wolf” and “foreign fighter” phenomena, the RCMP and CSIS have had to make tough calls: Who poses the biggest threats and should be put under surveillance? Whose passports should be revoked? They are also facing questions over why individuals returning from faraway battlefields haven’t been arrested.

The New Year brings the prospect of new legislation that could enhance surveillance and detention powers, maybe deal with the spread of jihadist propaganda on the Internet, as well as the rollout of a program aimed at stopping people going down the path of radicalization.

“This is the first chapter of what, unfortunately, is going to be a novel,” said Michael Zekulin, a political science instructor at the University of Calgary.

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  • Pete_Brewster

    Or instead of managing the problem, they could solve it—expel Canada’s Muslims.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    The newspeakery is breathtaking! Let’s try this:

    This year saw Canada’s police and intelligence agencies respond to what security experts say is a “new normal” — the dual threat posed by [radical Irish Republican Army youth] seeking to do harm at home and those seeking to carry out terrorist activities abroad.

    In the face of the so-called “lone [Irish Republican Army] wolf” and “foreign [Irish Republican Army] fighter” phenomena, the RCMP and CSIS have had to make tough calls: Who poses the biggest threats and should be put under surveillance? Whose passports should be revoked? They are also facing questions over why [Irish Republican Army] individuals returning from faraway battlefields haven’t been arrested.

    There are two differences between the account I have just provided above and the accounts our *supposed* news media provide:

    1. The account I provided above contains interpolations of what is NOT actually happening.

    2. The sanitized *news media* account leaves out obvious and essential facts about what IS happening. Soviet-style we are supposed to read between the lines about Islamic terror. Yet Canada is not supposed to be a Soviet country.

    This is Canada.com. not Pravda. Yet it behaves like Pravda.

    Friends don’t encourage friends to continue to subscribe to any legacy “mainstream” news medium. Until they recover the ability to speak honestly, they do not deserve anyone’s financial support.

    This is why I ask:
    Will our elders [who vote] be left behind with dying media?
    http://www.mercatornet.com/connecting/view/15372
    Legacy media are losing the ability to provide serious news

  • minuteman

    A longer term solution is to stop importing muslims and to deport any an all we can. Living in a police state to too high a price to pay for the benefits of vibrant diversity.

  • b_marco

    In response, the Mounties pulled 250 officers from organized- and financial-crime cases and re-assigned them to the terrorism file.

    That right there is what gets up my nose about this nonsense more than anything. Most Canadians will never be affected by a terrorist attack but sure as hell will be affected by that.

  • ontario john

    If some alien from outer space came down to earth right now, they would think that some wild animal named a wolf was rampaging the planet.

  • CMH

    This 2 minute video shows precisely why Canada will continue to be a sitting duck regardless of any policy implementation …. note the name and function of the committee and then please call your MP about this outrage.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzvJI7l4bLU

  • ntt1

    give these idiots a choice of a manditory long sentence or voluntary exile to any muslim sand pit with no return.

    • WalterBannon

      death is not spelled l-o-n-g

      • ntt1

        I think I would prefer they “enjoy” the culture they advocate for the rest of their lives. you don’t really appreciate what you have until its gone.

  • moraywatson

    Step One: Officially recognize in federal law that unlike true religions, islam exists to pursue a political agenda, and that islam is not a “religion or creed” for purposes of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
    Step Two: Officially recognize in federal law that islam’s political agenda is totalitiarian and that the purpose of the quran is to lay out the objectives and tactics for obtaining submission of all to islam under a state of sharia law.
    Step Three: Officially mandate in federal law that islamic institutions are ineligible for any form of public subsidy or assistance, directly or indirectly, via charitable tax status or otherwise.
    Step Four: Amend the Immigration Act to deny entry to adherents, enablers and sympathizers of totalitarian islam.
    Step Five: Criminalize the international flow of funds to or from Canadian islamic institutions.

    • ntt1

      thats the crux of it, otherwise the bleating liberals will obstruct any form of sanction on their ally.

  • WalterBannon

    To ensure any new anti-terror laws are not too broad and not used to oppress the regular citizenry, they should be specifically targeted and limited to MUSLIMs who comprise 100 percent of the Islamic terrorist problem that compels the creation of new laws.