Driver had previously been charged with being interested in terror and was on a 'peace bond' to avoid doing things on the internet and reading jihadist material. Police had requested that judicial order, I would imagine, because the judge couldn't convict him of something that would have required a jail sentence, or probation. So when the mandated period for wearing his "locator anklet" expired, the jihadi-in-waiting left Winnipeg and moved in with a sister in Strathroy. Obviously he was aware that he was being watched - which explains perhaps that the authorities were not aware that he was back on-line and doing things he wasn't supposed to be doing. It was the Islamic-style pre-suicide attack tape he made, and posted, that got somebody's attention.
Thank goodness it only took less than a day to identify the masked man in the video, locate him in Canada, mobilize a force from three police organizations, stage for a raid and stop him before he killed himself and perhaps innocent people. The bomb that exploded will require having to replace the backseat of the cab he was taking to his 'attack'. He was uninjured enough to want to ignite the second bomb - that action got him shot. The cabby was 'shaken-up' as, no doubt, was the police sniper.
Security forces did their job.
But they might not have been able to do that without some help from the 'FBI' or whatever body (probably the company of which Snowden is an alumnus) that keeps an eye on Canadians for our security forces, while our security forces, and the other 'five eyes' nations keep an eye on Americans. You see national laws protect citizens from national security snooping, but foreign spy agencies can act at will. That's only bad if they're the kind of spy agencies that don't share what they find out. If they do share, what they're spying on, they're called 'allies'.
I've mentioned before, a friend with 'connections' to US security being 'warned' that he was in contact with a possible 'subversive writer' .... moi? But that was years ago when America was up to its testicles in Iraq. Things have gotten better.
So, if some 'representative' of US national security is browsing this screed (I tagged it with 'bomb' and ]jihad]), I still think you could have more useful employment.
But I digress.
Last year when terrorist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau popped onto police scanners wearing a bandanna and holding an antique - and what looked a hell of a lot like a .22 calibre - 'Winchester' in a photo taken by a tourist at the War Memorial in Ottawa, it didn't take much more than a hour for US 'authorities' to identify him from their 'records'. Later investigation revealed that Canadian police 'knew' him from some 'dust-ups' in homeless shelters ion the West Coast. They certainly didn't know him while he was shooting-up the parliament buildings. But America did.
Here again America was able to inform Canadian authorities that a video had been posted but, we are told, not much else for a nation wide effort ensued, as reported, to identify the masked man. Police in Winnipeg, again reportedly, made the connection and he was tracked to his residence in Strathroy. Concerning ere is apparently, the fact that a security agency that could identify a flop-house pugilist in less than an hour couldn't identify someone who, by virtue of the police charges alone, should have been in the terrorist database in the USA. Or don't self-radicalizing people get identified?
I'll bet the recently exonerated pressure cooker legislature bombers from BC are on the no-go list and will always have a tough time 'going stateside' or, even, jaywalking in Canada.
As it is another 'terrorist' bites the dust. Chalk another one up to 'the fight for freedom, peace and justice'. And all the other things that make 'them' hate 'us' so much.