>It is fitting that our last blog for the next six to eight weeks exposes an Islamic terrorist cell in Canada on the eve of plotting major terrorist acts in Toronto and Ottawa. For too long now Canadians have imagined themselves immune to international terrorism. Perhaps the new Conservative government, which has expressed greater solidarity with the USA in the War on Terror, accelerated this cell’s plans to wreak havoc in Canada. It is very disturbing, too, that this group was even targeting the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the very agency tasked with preventing such subversion and sabotage.
There may be a relationship between the current arrests in Canada, a recent inexplicable blast near Matheson, Ontario, and the botched suicide bombing that occurred at a Toronto Tim Hortons in April. The Northeast Intelligence Network and the Canada Free Press are two sources that have endeavored to penetrate the lies and myopia of the MSM “analysis.” On May 29 the Canada Free Press carried a story by NEIN director Douglas Hagmann exposing the activities of a terrorist training camp operated by Jamaat ul Fuqra near Combermere, Ontario. Jamaat ul Fuqra was founded by Pakistani cleric Sheikh Syed Mubarik ‘Ali Gilani.
According to a CBS News report, US authorities are scrutinizing events in Canada warily and, in another report by the Washington Post, preparing for another mass-casualty terror attack on their soil by conducting a massive “continuity of government” exercise on June 19.
As noted several days ago your resident blogger is moving from British Columbia to Alberta. As a result, our blogging will diminish until we resettle.
TSX prime target in bomb plot
Tue, June 6, 2006
Test explosion near Matheson in northern Ontario linked to alleged terror plot, Sun told
By BRIAN GRAY AND BRODIE FENLON, TORONTO SUN
An alleged terrorist cell was setting off test explosions with designs on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) as a primary target, a source close to the investigation has told the Toronto Sun.
A recent explosion near Matheson — a town of about 3,000 people 600 km northwest of Toronto — was linked to the terror plot, according to the source.
OPP in Matheson would not comment on any investigation into an explosion.
The primary target of the alleged cell was not Parliament Hill, CSIS Toronto offices or the CN Tower but the Toronto Stock Exchange, the source said.
The TSX is Canada’s most important stock exchange and traded an average of $4.3 billion worth of securities every day last year. Its offices are at King and York Sts. in the heart of the city’s financial district.
Ten men and five youths are scheduled to appear in Brampton court this morning on terror charges. Two others facing related charges are in Kingston prisons and will not be in court.
SERIES OF RAIDS
Sources said the arrest of 17 men Friday night in a series of co-ordinated raids led by CSIS and the RCMP was spurred on because police believed that one or more of the men was about to leave Canada.
Police said the men were in possession of three tons of ammonium nitrate, commonly used in fertilizer.
About one-third of that amount of the same chemical was used in the 1995 bombing of a U.S. federal office building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people.
TSX spokesman Steve Kee would not discuss security arrangements at the exchange, nor would he comment on whether the exchange had been contacted by police about security concerns.
Six of the men arrested Friday night in Canada’s largest ever counterterrorism operation allegedly wanted to “cause an explosion of an explosive substance” that would result in death, bodily harm or serious damage to property, court documents say.
The chilling accusation is one of six specific charges made against 12 adults in a court “information” sworn by an RCMP sergeant and made public yesterday.
Court documents on five youths charged in the probe were not released.* Fahim Ahmad, 21, Zakaria Amara, 20, Asad Ansari, 21, Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, and Saad Khalid, 19, are charged with doing “anything with intent” to cause a terrorism-related explosion that would be likely to cause serious bodily harm or death, the document says. No details are given.
The men are all accused of participating in a terrorist group. Very few specifics are given, but the documents show that:* Ahmad, Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, are alleged to have imported three guns and 182 rounds of ammunition “for the purpose of facilitating or carrying out a terrorist activity,” or for the purpose of helping someone else carry out a terrorist activity.
Dirie and Mohamed, were convicted of gun smuggling after their arrest in Fort Erie in August 2005 and are serving two-year sentences, but no terrorism-related charges were laid until now.* Several of the men allegedly received terrorism training from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31, 2005. Ahmad, Amara, Amin Mohamed Durrani and Steven Vikash Chand, 25, are also charged with providing training or recruitment on behalf of a terrorist group.
The documents specify that all alleged criminal activity took place in Mississauga, Toronto, Fort Erie, Ramara Township and “elsewhere in the province of Ontario.”
Several of the men attended the Al-Raham Islamic Centre for Islamic Education on Montevideo Rd. in Missisauga, including Qayyum Abdul Jamal, who lives nearby and volunteered at the strip mall mosque.
He was rebuked by the management of the mosque for making radical anti-Western statements, said Tariq Shah, a lawyer who took calls yesterday on behalf of the centre.
The remarks reportedly centred on Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan and the rape of local women there.
“The management is equally shocked and dismayed by the events … We feel betrayed by the suspects,” Shah said.