WE GOT LUCKY

The target was Toronto transit. The goal was to kill as many people as possible in a terrorist attack. The suspect, known ISIL sympathizer Aaron Driver, was on the RCMP radar as a terrorist intending to cause terror in Canada. So why was he on a peace bond with conditions not to use a cell phone or a computer but still able to communicate his views of murdering Canadians and pledging his allegiance to ISIL. The RCMP did their job, after receiving a tip from American Law Enforcement, they tracked down Driver and after a stand off they killed him.

I have spoken to several Law Enforcement officers who said this Terrorist Attack was going to happen. Everyone was involved after the tip from the Americans, RCMP, CSIS, provincial and local police. The question that concerns me is why did the tip have to come from the Americans? Why did Canadian police not have their own intelligence on Driver? We should not have to depend on a tip from a foreign government. Don’t get me wrong; this was a successful outcome, job well done by all police organizations involved in taking down this terrorist.

The concern within Law Enforcement is if the tip had not come from the Americans, we would have a lot of murdered Canadians today through the actions of a known terrorist. The communications between global Law Enforcement is a priority when it comes to fighting terrorism, but our own fight against terrorism locally should be more of a priority. We must have the rules and procedures in place to assist the police so we get the tip ourselves when someone is going to blow up a subway station in downtown Toronto. Many in policing believe we got lucky this time, and that police need stronger rules and laws in place to make sure we do not depend on luck when fighting terrorism.

Craig Bromell

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