Montreal: Welcome to the Terror Drome?
Rob Spencer has been busy at Jihad Watch, amongst his coverage he has this up..
Al-Qaeda plotters sought Canadian as pilot, court told
Canadian jihad, eh? From the Globe and Mail, with thanks to Sr. Soph
A Montreal resident was picked by al-Qaeda plotters to be a pilot in a second wave of suicide hijackings to follow the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because he was a Canadian citizen, a deposition filed at the U.S. trial of terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui alleges.
Abderraouf Jdey, a Montrealer of Tunisian origin who is now a fugitive, obtained his Canadian citizenship in 1995. He was selected along with Mr. Moussaoui, a French citizen, because they had passports from Western countries, since al-Qaeda planners expected tighter security after Sept. 11, the court document says.
"Al Qaeda wanted the second wave operatives to carry French, Canadian, Malaysian, or Indonesian passports instead of Middle Eastern passports," the document says. [...]
Which goes hand in hand with this from the National Post
Canadian men accused of funding terror
Charges laid by United States
Stewart Bell, National Post Published: Thursday, March 30, 2006
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department announced yesterday it had laid charges against three Ontario men and two Quebecers for allegedly selling smuggled cigarettes and counterfeit Viagra and giving part of the profits to Hezbollah.
The Windsor and Montreal men are among 19 accused of running a "global racketeering conspiracy" that was allegedly headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., but also operated in Canada, Lebanon, Brazil, Paraguay and China. [...]
Which also reminded me of the captured Montreal Terrorist, Ahmad Ressam and his intents to blow up LAX a few years ago. He was nabbed crossing into the US via Vancouver. I recall being in LA at the time and watched on the LA News in distress as a Canadian, while Montreal Police officers busted into his residence during their investigation to follow up on the US Arrest.
PBS’ Frontline looked at whether:
Canada might be a safe haven for Terrorists.
Of course, there was equally the firebombing of a Montreal Jewish Day School & library by a Palestinian activist which captured Canada’s attention if only briefly, deemed a Terrorist action as well.
Crown wants jail for man in Mtl. firebombing
Updated Sat. Dec. 18 2004 8:39 AM ET Canadian Press
MONTREAL - The 19-year-old who gutted the library of a Jewish school with a firebomb should serve two years in prison for his act of "terrorism," the Crown recommended Friday. [...]
The city of Montreal in my eyes carries many parrallels to the situation brewing in France, with a contingent of radical Muslim immigrants in the general population, that seems to have a compulsive tendency to hatred, and violence. But the biggest parallel to me, being denial that a problem exists. Both within the sphere of the general populace, as well as within the mostly peaceful Muslim community at large.
One of Montreal’s largest Universities had its student govt. literally hijacked a few years ago by radical Palestinian sympathizers, that also made International headlines when they resorted to violence. Camera reviewed a film by journalist Martin Himmel on the radicals and the confrontations.
Further Canada’s intelligence agencies have made it plain they consider Montreal a hotbed of terrorism, a major funding base for Terrorists. CBS News looked at the Canadian phenomenon last July. Of course if you were to ask Montreal’s residents, Officials, or the Governments in charge the response would be pure denial.
Even when it was reported in separate incidents that Terrorists were scoping out Montreal as a possible target, in one case a prominent High Rise building, and in a recent case details on Montreal’s subway system on a laptop captured from anti-terror operations, proof enough for me that shielding or appeasing the threat is not cover in any way, Montreal’s reaction was as usual.. denial.
Police downplay report that Madrid bombings suspect had Montreal info
Last Updated Wed, 23 Nov 2005 19:06:11 EST CBC News
Montreal police are scrambling to reassure commuters after a Spanish newspaper said a man arrested in the wake of the 2004 Madrid bombings had detailed information about the Quebec city’s subway system.
When the evidence piles up with multiple instances, one begins to wonder at what point does denial and embarrassment become a serious danger, not just to Montreal residents themselves, but to concerned citizens everywhere else with Terrorism’s reach being quite global?
Is Montreal another France, with its head jammed way up its ass about a problem that is politically sensitive yes, but if left unexplored, likely to possibly explode in a whole different way?
That’s what I find myself wondering with yesterday’s Toronto scare, regarding the explosion at a Tim Horton’s that was initially thought to be Suicide Bomb / Terrorism related, explosives have been ruled out, but motive is unknown.