Saturday, December 15, 2012

Aw, There Is A God...

...and He, She, It is at work in Ottawa:

Supreme Court upholds anti-terrorism laws
"Canada’s anti-terrorism laws do not violate the constitutional rights of those suspected of furthering terrorist acts, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.

The landmark ruling means that an Islamic terrorist from Ottawa – Mohammed Momin Khawaja – will spend his life behind bars for aiding a violent jihadist group based in England.

It also paves the way for the extradition of two other Ontario men wanted in the U.S for helping acquire arms to be used by Sri Lankan terrorists."

Canada’s anti-terror law upheld as top court dismisses three appeals
"Canada’s anti-terrorism laws withstood an important legal challenge Friday when the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals of three Ontario men who had argued the provisions should be struck down.

The high court justices unanimously rejected claims the 10-year-old terrorism sections of the Criminal Code had defined terrorist activity so broadly they threatened free expression and were therefore unconstitutional.

In related decisions, the court gave its stamp of approval to a wide definition of terrorism that recognizes terrorist activity goes well beyond planting bombs and includes anything intended to “enhance” a terrorist group."
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"Rob Nicholson, the Justice Minister, said he was pleased the court had agreed Khawaja should be imprisoned for life.

“By upholding this sentence, the court sent a strong message that terrorism will not be treated leniently in Canada,” he said."
Now, if we could just get life sentences to mean actual life, and/or bring back the death penalty.

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