In an announcement that affirms the warnings that many have been making for months, the RCMP have stated that a terror cell has been intercepted in Canada’s busiest city.
A coordinated effort by over 400 police and security personnel from various agencies and forces including CSIS, Canada’s spy agency, have netted 17 people on terrorism charges. The operation was implemented under the auspices of INSET, or the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team.
These arrests include 12 adults and 5 young persons. They have also seized a sizeable cache of explosive material in the form of three tons of ammonium nitrate. One ton of that nitrate is believed to have been used to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah federal building back in 1995 in Oklahoma City. Think how much could have been done with 3 tons.
The arrested individuals resided in Toronto, Mississauga, and Kingston. They are not alone, but are only the first. They are to appear in a Brampton court today to face terrorism charges. It is alleged that they intended to blow up targets in southern Ontario including a major building in Toronto as well as Ottawa’s Parliament building..
Jack Hooper, deputy director of operations at CSIS, said earlier this week in senate hearings that the service was trying to keep track of “350 high-level targets” as well as 50 to 60 organizations thought to be linked to groups such as al-Qaeda. “We know who and where some of them are.”
While we have been somewhat more fortunate than our counterparts in Madrid and London, it must be stressed that our government can not keep track of every individual in this nation. More can certainly be done in the way of screening those entering our midst, but once here, total surveillance is impossible and in fact unwarranted. The bottom line is that one day Toronto or Pickering or Ottawa or maybe some little place off the radar will become Canada’s first terrorist strike point. It isn’t if, it is when.
Many Canadians have been living in denial when it comes to terrorist attacks on our soil. Let this be a wake up call. We are not targeted because of our involvement in Afghanistan nor because of our relationship with Britain, Australia, the United States or any other nation. We are targeted because we are a free nation living under democracy and are seen by Islamic Fundamentalist extremists as part of the great Satan. That is why we must remain part of the coalition of those not willing to lie down and die quietly.
The real evil is not the actions of the free world, but the extremism being forced upon us at the edge of a knife, or a car bomb if you will. Islamic extremism is one of the deadliest threats the inhabitants of this nation have ever faced. It is on par with the goals of Adolf Hitler as it seeks to assimilate or eradicate us in the end. We must also bear in mind that evil cannot be reasoned with. It must simply be defeated.
My thanks to all of the men and women who work so vigilantly to keep our land and ourselves safe from harm. The odds are against them, yet still they prevail.
Now comes the really scary part. These alleged terrorists will enter our justice system . We all know how well that protects us, don’t we?
Below is a list of the names of the 12 adults charged.
1. Fahim Ahmad, 21, Toronto;
2. Zakaria Amara, 20, Mississauga, Ont.;
3. Asad Ansari, 21, Mississauga;
4. Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Mississauga;
5. Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mississauga;
6. Mohammed Dirie, 22, Kingston, Ont.;
7. Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Kingston;
8. Jahmaal James, 23, Toronto;
9. Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Toronto;
10. Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, 25, Toronto;
11. Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, Mississauga;
12. Saad Khalid, 19, of Eclipse Avenue, Mississauga.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued the following statement regarding this operation:
“This morning, Canadians awoke to the news that our law enforcement and national security agencies have arrested 17 individuals for terrorism related offences.
“These individuals were allegedly intent on committing acts of terrorism against their own country and their own people.
“As we have said on many occasions, Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. Through the work and co-operation of the RCMP, CSIS, local law enforcement and Toronto’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), acts of violence by extremist groups may have been prevented.
“Today, Canada’s security and intelligence measures worked. Canada’s new government will pursue its efforts to ensure the national security of all Canadians.”
Canadians must remain vigilant. Be aware of what is happening around you.