Thursday, March 5, 2015

There is no need for Bill C51

There is no reason for Bill C51 now when terrorism is dramatically down from the past.  The threat today is much lower than the era of 1966 to the end of the Cold War.

From 1966 to 1989 we had the following (not including crazy one off killings by lone gunmen):

  • FLQ - various bombings, two kidnappings of which one ends in a death
  • Yugoslavian embassy and one consulate were bombed in 1967
  • Anti-Castro terrorists - 10 bombings over 14 years resulting in one death
  • Anti-Turkish terrorists - three incidents 1982-1985 with two deaths and one man paralyzed 
  • Squamish Five  - three bombings in the early 80s by Bader-Meinhof wannabes.  
  • Babbar Khalsa - the Air India bombings in 1985, an attempted assassination in 1986 and and attempted assassination of Tara Singh Hayer in 1988 

Since end of the cold war including the "War on Terror"

  • Anti-abortion terrorists - four attempted murders of doctors between 1994 and 2000.  Two clinic fire bombed
  • 1998 Tara Singh Hayer is assassinated 
  • Islamist terrorists - A 2004 bombing of a Jewish school in Monrtreal, One serious plot in Ontario in 2006.   August 2010 - Misbahuddin Ahmed of Ottawa was arrested of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity
  • Anti-natural gas terrorism - a number of bombings of Encana pipelines in 2008 and 2009
  • Quebec Nationalist terrorists bombings in 2000 and 2001 

Lone "gunmen"

  • 1984 Denis Lortie tries to kill Rene Levesque but fails though kills three others
  • 1984 Three people are killed and 30 wounded when American bombed Montreal's central bus station to protest the pope coming to Canada
  • 1989 Charles Yacoub hiujakcs a bus to protest the Syrian invasion of Lebanon
  • 1995 attempt to bomb PEI legislature
  • 2001 someone sends a hoax anthrax letter to Gordon Campbell
  • 2012 Richard Bain tried to assassinate Pauline Marois but failed though killed someone else
  • July 1 2013 Canada Day attempt to bomb the BC Legislature
  • October 20th 2014 ramming attack against two soldiers by Martin Couture-Rouleau leading to one death
  • October 22nd 2014 Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed soldier Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa 

I separate the lone gunmen because there is they are not part of an organized group and therefore not terrorists.  They also tend to act without any warning.

1966-1989 332 deaths
1990-2015 1 death
Lone Gunmen 9 deaths

The case has not been made for any need for a new law to deal with terrorism since terrorism is declining in Canada.

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