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Canada unveils new anti-terror strategy

02-10-2012 09:53 BJT

OTTAWA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Canada Thursday released details of a new national counterterrorism strategy that pledges tough measures to stop attacks by terror groups and "lone wolf" attackers.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said the new strategy will do a better job of protecting Canada from terror attacks, but warned no government can guarantee complete protection against politically-motivated attacks

"The reality is that no government can guarantee it will be able to prevent all terrorist attacks all the time," he said at a conference of security experts in downtown Ottawa. "Nevertheless, Canada is committed to taking all reasonable measures to address terrorism in its many forms."

The Canadian government calls the new plan Building Resilience Against Terrorism: Canada's Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

The strategy is aimed at foreign groups like al Qaida and Al Shabaab in Somalia, which recruits and radicalizes young Somalis through the Internet. It also targets home-grown environmental, anti-capitalistic and white supremacist radicals.

Toews said Canada is a leader in de-radicalization. He said the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) will increase its efforts to counter extremist propaganda that circulates in some of the country's immigrant communities.

"Terrorism is not specific to any one religion, community or ethnic group," Toews told the conference. "Preventing terrorism ideology from taking hold of vulnerable individuals is the best scenario."

He said the strategy clarifies the counterterrorism roles of various agencies such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CSIS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian International Development Agency and the armed forces. It also reaches out to foreign agencies.

Canada's security agencies have been criticized for failing to share information. The issue came to a head in trials of men accused of planting a bomb on Air India Flight 182 in June of 1985 that killed 329 people.

Testimony showed the investigation into the attack was botched by security agencies that were engaged in rivalries with each other.

"Preventing another act of terrorism is the most fitting memorial to the victims of the bombing of Air India Flight 182," Toews said.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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