On the third and second of June, 2006, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service carried out a series of brutal raids in eastern Canada arresting 17 people, five of whom are teenagers, in what was pitched and swallowed by the media as a Canada’s “home grown” Islamic terrorist cell. Quickly dubbed the “Toronto Seventeen”, authorities alleged that this group of “Muslim extremists” were planning to blow up Canada’s Parliament, the CSIS’s headquarters, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and even planned to storm the Canadian parliament and behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper and that by only a stroke of luck, Canada’s security apparatus was able to foil the so-called plot.
The long and the short of the government’s case against Qayyum Jamal, Steven Chand, Shareef Abdelhaleem, Yasim Mohamed, Jahmaal James, Mohammed Dirie, Fahim Ahmad, Asad Ansari, Ahmad Ghany, Zakaria Amara, Amin Durrani, Saad Khalid and five other young offenders who can not be named was, at the time, said to be based on the allegation that Zakaria Amara, age 20, had allegedly ordered three metric tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer to be used to manufacture a bomb capable of carrying out an attack on the scale of the Oklahoma bombing.
From the start, it read like a page out of RCMP Special Forces handbook presented by Canada’s leak-dripping Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). But soon after, the story quickly changed when it was learned that the RCMP used an informant to carry out a “sting” operation and had replaced the real ammonium nitrate fertilizer with “a harmless substance” No ammonium nitrate, no crime right? Not so. Regardless of the brutality of the raids, the discrimination and racism, the guilty-before-trial press made hay, the Canadian government is proceeding with the case and for the most part, Canadians breathed easier knowing that the authorities had thwarted an “Al-Qaeda styled” attack just in the nick of time. Read the rest of this entry »