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Let’s see if a new GOC ‘terrorism prosecution unit’ gets it right

By Phil Gurski       

Terrorism may be a rare scourge, but it gets a lot of attention. We have to do this better to retain public confidence. I just pray that the plan includes a mix of specialists and former practitioners who are best qualified to provide the training.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Jan. 27, 2020, on the Hill, has directed the ministers of justice and public safety in their mandate letters to 'coordinate efforts to prosecute terror suspects to the fullest extent of the law' and create a new Office of Director of Terrorism Prosecutions. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

On the other hand, proving the reasons why you chose to kill or try to kill someone is a completely different matter. People kill for all kinds of reasons: passion, vendetta, a love for hurting others, etc. I am sure that at times there is no reason: we often refer to such crimes as senseless.

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