July 4, 2013 3:10 pm

BC Civil Liberties Association questions RCMP techniques used in investigating alleged terror plot

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The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is watching the case of the alleged terrorist bombers with great interest.

Police say several potential bombs were planted around the B.C. Legislature, but that the public was never actually in harm’s way.

“We employed a variety of complex investigative and covert techniques to control any opportunity the suspects had to commit harm,” said Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout.

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The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is now questioning whether that means the bombs were created under investigators supervision.

“The question is how could the police be so confident that the explosive devices wouldn’t work,” says Michael Vonn with B.C. Civil Liberties Association. “The surmise is they knew that because they either provided or provided portions of them, or somehow had been actively involved with the accused in developing or facilitating the alleged plot.”

In the past undercover operations called “Mr.Big” scenarios have been used to secure confessions which have been entered as evidence in court.

“These are highly controversial around the use of police facilitating alleged terrorist plots in the U.S., that has come under fire,” says Vonn.

Details about the investigation won’t be revealed until the case goes to court, which could take up to two years.

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