...Some may find it surprising that the by-the-book approach of the police has so thoroughly outperformed the more aggressive approach of the spies and diplomats. But there is no reason for surprise. Canada's criminal justice rules are the fruit of hundreds of years of evolution and refinement in the common law. To be sure the rules are not perfect, but they are time-tested, and therefore reliable anti-terrorism tools. How arrogant and ignorant of CSIS and DFAIT to imagine that they could do better by ignoring that accumulated wisdom, and how shameful that Canada's courts were sometimes gulled into letting them do so.
The spooks' and diplomats' failure -- not partial failure, but truly cataclysmic, total failure -- to instigate even a single terrorist's conviction is resounding. They remain amateurs still, and one searches in vain for evidence that failure has taught them how better to discern real from imagined threats. Just look at CSIS's self-parodying court battle to censor the national archives' files on, of all people, Tommy Douglas.
It is time to dispel the enchanting and dangerous myth that terrorism is special. Better results are achieved by recognizing that terrorists are just criminals, to be prosecuted under criminal law rules.I like it better when you're trying to get us to pony up for your IVF treatment, Professor. As an "expert" on jihad, sharia and terrorism, well, let's just say you're a regular Eric Holder.