Se­nate talks tough on terror

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment should out­law mem­ber­ship in a ter­ror­ist group, bar rad­i­cals from Canada and look at for­bid­ding the glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of ex­trem­ists to pro­tect the Cana­dian way of life, says a Se­nate com­mit­tee.

The Se­nate se­cu­rity and de­fence com­mit­tee also rec­om­mends cre­ation of a “wanted ter­ror­ist” list and urges the gov­ern­ment to ex­plore op­tions for train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of imams in Canada.

In ad­di­tion, it calls on the gov­ern­ment to work with Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate “an ef­fec­tive counter-nar­ra­tive” to de­nounce the ide­ol­ogy of Is­lamist fun­da­men­tal­ism.

These are among 25 rec­om­men­da­tions in the com­mit­tee’s in­terim re­port flow­ing from nine months of hear­ings on se­cu­rity threats fac­ing Canada.

The re­port ex­am­ines ter­ror­ist re­cruit­ment, oper­a­tions, fi­nanc­ing, pros­e­cu­tions and other as­pects of what it calls the gen­uine threat of vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

Cana­di­ans must tackle the is­sue in a thought­ful, bal­anced way with­out un­der­min­ing the val­ues “that make us great,” the re­port says.

“We must find ev­ery re­source, tool and tech­nique avail­able to us as a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety to di­min­ish and de­feat a most un­civ­i­lized force,” it says.

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A new re­port from the Se­nate’s se­cu­rity and de­fence com­mit­tee is call­ing for a tougher stance fight­ing terror.

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