Canadian terror suspect's death sparks questions about peace bonds
The suspect in an alleged terror plot, Aaron Driver, is seen in this photograph obtained by CTV News.
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:09PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:26PM EDT
OTTAWA -- The fact Aaron Driver was able to plan a terrorist attack with explosives while under a peace bond has ignited debate about whether the court-ordered tool is an effective means of controlling radicalized people.
Peace bonds have been touted as a means for police to contain the threat from someone with jihadist sympathies when their behaviour falls short of the threshold for a criminal charge.
Under the terms of his peace bond, Driver was prohibited from using a computer or cellphone at his Strathroy, Ont., residence.
The RCMP candidly acknowledge Driver was not under constant surveillance and that only a tip from U.S. authorities alerted them to his plans.
He died in a confrontation with police Wednesday after climbing into a waiting taxi.
Phil Gurski, a former intelligence analyst who specializes in counter-radicalization efforts, says Canada needs a mature, reasoned debate about what tools security organizations require.