OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking to Parliament Thursday one day after a gunman rampaged through the ornate building, said Canadians "will not run scared" and proposed tightening police and surveillance procedures to go after terrorists.
In a dramatic opening of the session, Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms who traditionally leads the MPs into the chamber, received a sustained and emotional round of applause for his quick action on Wednesday in fatally shooting the gunman.
U.S. veteran communities are reportedly grieving at news of the suicide of Jacob George, a three-tour veteran of America’s last decade-plus of war, after he failed to find relief from physical and mental injuries he sustained in battle. In a clip from a veterans event last year, he spoke of his experience with various types of therapy and performed his original song, “Soldier’s Heart.”
George’s suicide occurred after President Obama announced new war plans against the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Among the many, many, many problems with running a torture program (beyond being morally problematic and with no history of effectiveness) is the fact that it makes it easier for others to justify torture programs as well. It's now come out that ISIS has been waterboarding prisoners, including reporter James Foley whom they recently beheaded. Waterboarding, of course, was one of the CIA's favorite torture techniques. And, of course, people had warned for years that having the CIA waterboard people would only encourage others to use the technique against Americans.