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London truck attack: Why ”why” is hard to fathom

Quick hits 168 – How reliable witness statements are and why we often never determine the real reasons for violent events.

The man charged in an alleged hate-motivated attack that killed four family members in London laughed as police arrested him in a mall parking lot, a traumatized taxi driver who witnessed the arrest told his boss.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the largest mass killing in city history, one police allege was motivated by anti-Muslim hate.

When something happens of a catastrophic nature, like a murder, everyone wants to know why. We cannot fathom how someone can do this. Why is often hard to determine however. Borealis looks at how reliable witness statements are and why we often never determine the real reasons.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

One reply on “London truck attack: Why ”why” is hard to fathom”

The investigation is barely underway so I believe that PM Trudeau’s remarks are unhelpful, political and simplistic.

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