Canadian Aaron Driver was well known to the RCMP as a potential terrorist threat. In 2014 they received their first complaint about Driver’s social media posts under the alias “Harun Abdurahman”. His father described him as a “radical extremist” and expressed in an interview that he was “lost”.
The RCMP eventually raided his house in June 2015 where they found recipes to make home-made bombs. This was enough to raise an extreme concern.
Driver was then given a peace bond. A peace bond is an order from a criminal court that requires a person to keep the peace and be on good behaviour for a period of time. Essentially, anyone with a peace bond is released with conditions that they must follow.
In February 2016 the peace bond was accepted by Driver’s lawyer, however, only months later Driver was killed by police while trying to commit a terrorist attack. The RCMP were tipped off by the FBI just before the would-be attack was to occur.
This raises the question of the effectiveness of peach bonds. Should the RCMP be monitoring them more closely? Do we need to change the rules?
What do you think?
Lorne Honickman discusses the issue today on the Afternoon Drive show.