Are peace bonds enough to control and monitor radicalized people?
That’s the question after 24-year-old Aaron Driver, a would be suicide bomber, was able to plan a terrorist attack with explosives while he was the subject of one.
Criminal Lawyer Terry LaLiberte says bonds can be a successful tool, but only if they take key factors into consideration, like mental illness.
“We know that this radicalizing often happens with marginalized people, people that are under stressors, probably a mental illness of some kind that makes them more susceptible to this kind of stuff.”
Driver was allegedly in communication with ISIS.
LaLiberte says the courts can craft peace bonds to minimize cases like this and addressing mental illness is one way.
“What if he was to report and to take such counselling as required, you make it as restrictive as you want, he could be ordered to a psychiatric assessment to determine his risk assessment.”
But LaLiberte says that all depends on the government’s resources, he says authorities focus too much on criminalizing people like Driver instead of looking at it from an angle of mental illness.
Driver was killed in a confrontation with police yesterday after detonating the explosive Mounties say he was planning an attack in an urban centre.
Road to radicalization
But how does someone like Aaron Driver identify with ISIS? Are they targeted online? Do they seek out terror groups themselves?
Kashif Ahmed with the National Council of Canadian Muslims in Vancouver says there could be a number of factors, it’s not black and white.
“Someone could be having a crisis of identity, a crisis of personhood, they don’t know who they are. And it’s combined with the desire do and be something important or to fix a wrong.”
Ahmed does admit initial connections to terror groups first take place online.