Authorities Prove They Don't Need C-51 To Catch Terrorists

This week it was announced that a man from British Columbia, Othman Ayed Hamdan, had been arrested and is being detained on a variety of terrorism charges. The investigation into this man started back around October of last year, far before the Anti-Terrorism Act ever became law. Thus proving, that authorities already do have the tools and resources available to them in order to find and target any terrorist threat in the nation. The 33-year-old man was allegedly involved in sharing (promoting) pro-Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda online. 


When it comes to terrorists and terrorist propaganda, this is only further proof that there are real threats out there in the world. However, the statistical probability of any Canadians being attacked or targeted by any terrorist acts, is so wildly unlikely that it is nowhere near close to justifying expansive legislation like C-51; which erodes the rule of law and potentially violates the privacy rights of many.  Many legal, security, and policing professionals have already affirmed the fact that authorities in this nation have the resources available to them to do their job in finding any threats, the Anti-Terrorism Act wasn't necessary in order for them to do their job. Authorities who found and arrested this man, have now reaffirmed that fact; considering their investigation started long before C-51 ever became law. 


Hamdan is allegedly facing at least six terrorism-related charges overall. Among them are: two counts of counseling to commit murder for the benefit of a terrorist group, two counts of counseling to assault causing bodily harm for the benefit of a terrorist group, and two counts of counseling to commit aggravated assault for the benefit of a terrorist group. RCMP has stated that he will soon be appearing in court. The charges supposedly stem from two incidents, one from back in September of 2014, and another from March 2015. Hamdan allegedly received one charge for each incident. 


Under the new Anti-Terrorism legislation in Canada, anyone who is found to be sharing, liking, or commenting on ISIS propaganda, could be potentially charged with having engaged in “promoting terrorism,” and they too could see themselves faced with terrorism-related charges. Under this legislation, the intention of the accused isn't relevant, in that they could be innocently sharing the information even for critical or academic purposes, and yet they still would be putting themselves at risk of the same. When it comes to anything related to this group, it's best not to view any material from them, if you don't want to give off the perception that you are in any way sympathetic or supportive of the materials. 

Unfortunately, we do see hypocrisy in that Conservative representatives and mainstream media outlets are still choosing to use and share ISIS propaganda in their political ads and coverage. But shouldn't every Canadian be held to the same standard, under this new anti-terror legislation, in that they should be equally forbidden, or equally permitted to share this material? Why is it that some (like the Tories) get a pass?

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