Saturday, June 03, 2006

 

Toronto terror bust

17 terror suspects and their jamboree camp were busted today. Officials say they were trying to acquire 3 metric TONS of ammonium nitrate. That's 3 times the amount that took out the Fed building in Oklahoma, so these boy's weren't playing. This is what the article says about the "suspects"
"The men arrested yesterday are Canadian residents from a variety of backgrounds. For various reasons they appeared to have become adherents of a violent ideology inspired by al-Qaida," said Luc Portelance, the assistant director of operations with CSIS _ Canada's spy agency.
Makes it sound like a bunch of kids gone bad but not directly linked to al-Qaida they just like the bomb side of al-Qaida's dogma. However, the Toronto Star list's their names and well it seems it might be more than just "adherents of a violent ideology".
*edit 6-4
Seems I'm not the only one who see's some loose usage of terminology.
. Michelle Malkin and Brendan Roy notice it too .
*end edit.
17 held on terrorism charges
A list of the adults arrested and charged with terrorism-related offences under the Criminal Code. Five youths, who cannot be named, were also 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
Now how did the Mounties get their men? Internet monitoring (notice the line where it's compared to the NSA wiretap program). I'm all for freedom of speech, and I don't think access to the net should ever be restricted. However, I think having said that, that the government should be allowed to go look to see what's being said in an effort to protect it's citizens. That's why things like this tick me off. I wonder if this situation is directly linked?

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