Monthly Archives: April 2013

UPDATE: Another Terror Plot: Canada

News bureaus are reporting another terror plot has been uncovered and disrupted, this time in Canada.

From Fox News:

Canadian authorities are expected this afternoon to announce the arrests of suspects who planned a major terrorist attack, possibly in the U.S., Fox News has confirmed. A Justice Department source confirmed the arrests Monday. There is no definite word on the target of the attacks, but New York City may have been one of the targets. An official says there is no current credible threat to New York City.

From CNN:

An alleged terror plot that has been uncovered intended to target “transport links,” an official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says.
Canadian authorities are expected to announce at a 3:30 p.m. ET press conference that law enforcement officials “thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist attack, arresting suspects in Ontario and Quebec,” according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
1435 Hours CDT:
From CBC:

Canadian police and intelligence agencies will announce later today they have thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist attack, arresting two suspects in Montreal and Toronto, CBC News has learned.

Highly placed sources tell CBC News the alleged plotters have been under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern Ontario.

The two men are expected to appear in court tomorrow.

The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

According to a Reuters report, U.S. law enforcement and national security sources said the alleged plot targeted a railroad between Toronto and New York City.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/04/22/pol-terror-plot-ontario-quebec-arrests.html?cmp=rss

 

1442 Hrs CDT: A revealing twist from the Globe and Mail in Canada. Muslim leaders were called to a meeting associated with this announcement…

Several Muslim community leaders were called by Mounties early Monday to drop what they were doing and come at 2:30 p.m. to the RCMP police station near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/rcmp-arrest-two-people-in-connection-to-alleged-bomb-plot/article11465138/

1446 Hrs CDT: The suspects in this railroad terror plot have been named: Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser.

1456 Hrs CDT: Reports are now circulating that the plot was “Al Qaeda-supported.”

1508 Hrs CDT: “Police said the men are not Canadian citizens, but declined to say where they were from.”

1539 Hrs CDT: MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: Iranian involvement reported…from CNN:

The two men were receiving support “in the form of direction and guidance” from al Qaeda elements in Iran, police said. They are not Canadian citizens.

1644 Hrs CDT: More complete news stories are emerging of this plot, including the Iranian connection. We’ll close out this posting with several links:

Canadians Crush New al-Qaida Bomb Plot; Point Finger at Iran

http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/canada-terror-plot-alqaida/2013/04/22/id/500777?

RCMP uncovers VIA train terror plot: RCMP says it has thwarted a terrorism plot to derail a VIA passenger train bound on an undisclosed route with support from Al Qaeda in Iran, police announced Monday.

http://www.thestar.com/news/2013/04/22/rcmp_uncovers_via_train_terror_plot.html?

This article from the Christian Science Monitor contains significant amounts of information, but also clings to the myth, long since debunked that Iran and Al Qaeda have not allied in the past and bases this on the Sunni-Shiite rift, which of course is ridiculous on its face due to Iran’s ties to HAMAS and the regime in Sudan, to name two…

Two arrested in Al Qaeda US-Canada train plot – directed from Iran

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2013/0422/Two-arrested-in-Al-Qaeda-US-Canada-train-plot-directed-from-Iran?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+feeds%2Fworld+%28Christian+Science+Monitor+%7C+World%29

Canada arrests two in al-Qaeda linked plot to derail train

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/10011537/Canada-arrests-two-in-al-Qaeda-linked-plot-to-derail-train.html

 

Islam, Muslims, Violent Jihad and Shariah

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By Christopher Holton

The overwhelming majority of Muslims do not commit acts of violent Jihad, but that does not mean that there isn’t a doctrinal basis for it in Islamic scripture.

I am not talking about just a few violent verses in the Quran. The Islamic trilogy is replete with it: the Quran, the Hadith and the Sirah. (The Hadith are traditions and stories of the life of Muhammed and the Sirah is the biography of Muhammed). Moreover, in the Quran, the principle of abrogation bestows the most violent verses with the greatest strength as compared to earlier, peaceful verses.

These are facts, and if you read what the Jihadis themselves talk to each other about, EVERYTHING they do is based on contemporary interpretation of Islamic scripture.

We’re not talking about a fringe element here, folks. We’re talking about entire regimes (the Ayatollahs in Iran and Taliban Afghanistan are examples) and scores of violent Jihadist organizations around the world such as, Al Qaeda, HAMAS, Hezbollah, Lashkar e Taiba, Abu Sayyef, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Jemaah Islamiyah, Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Muslim Brotherhood…and many more.

To assign these beliefs to EVERY SINGLE Muslim of the 1.2 billion Muslims on the planet is wrong. But to deny the doctrinal basis in Islam for all of this violent Jihad is just as wrong and it is preventing the West from coming to grips with the global war with which we are faced, whether we want to believe it or not. There is a reason why we see Islamic terrorist organizations as well as individual Jihadis waging violent Jihad in places as geographically diverse as Boston, Los Angeles, Fort Hood, Little Rock, New York, Washington, Buenos Aires, London, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Madrid, Moscow, Beslan, Marrakech, Algiers, Benghazi, Damascus, Beirut, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Yaounde, Nairobi, Mogadishu, Timbuktu, Kaduna, Dar el Salam, Sana’a, Istanbul, Fallujah, Ramadi, Karachi, Islamabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Mumbai, Amritsar, Dhaka, Hat Yai, Yala, Bali, and Mindanao.

In warfare, your enemy’s reality becomes your reality. To defeat him, you better understand him. You better understand his motivations and his goals. In short, you need to know what makes him tick. We understood what made the Nazis tick, we had Mein Kampf as a doctrinal guide. We understood what made the communists tick, we had The Communist Manifesto and other works as a doctrinal guide. But we REFUSE to even TRY to understand what makes the Jihadis tick because we fear that the reality will be too frightening. We are in willful denial: “The violence simply cannot have anything to do with Islam because there are too many peaceful Muslims in the world.”

That is missing the point entirely. The fact that the majority of Muslims do not know Islamic doctrine and thus do not adhere to it is not particularly remarkable or surprising. How many Catholics are truly highly familiar with the doctrinal aspects of their faith?

The fact remains that there are violent Jihadists around the world who commit acts of war and they both justify it on Islamic scripture and carry out these acts to promote Islam. The doctrinal basis is found in Islamic law, known as Shariah. The Jihadists’ goal is to impose Islamic law and Islamic law is the code which they follow. (If you are skeptical of this, go pick up a copy of the excellent work by Raymond Ibrahim, The Al Qaeda Reader, and read what the enemy writes and says.) To deny the doctrinal basis in Islam for violent Jihad is becoming more and more suicidal as a civilization with each new incident that we in turn deny.

The latest example is of course in Boston. Two Jihadis, perhaps members of a Jihadist organization, or perhaps so-called “lone wolf” actors, committed atrocious acts of violent Jihad, killing several innocents and wounding many more. Despite evidence on social media and YouTube, as well as accounts of the Jihadis’ devout Islamic beliefs, the simpletons in the news media and even in our own government are pondering aloud what their motivation could possibly have been. Hours and hours of TV coverage in the so-called “mainstream” media go by with nary a mention of the word “Islam.” The elephant in the room is being ignored.

Some “experts” are quoted as taking comfort in the belief that the two Tsarnaev brothers may not have had any operational connection with any known terrorist organization, such as Al Qaeda. This is 180 degrees out from reality and these “experts” completely miss the point.

The fact that the Tsarnaev brothers may have “only” been inspired to commit Jihad on their own is not cause for celebration or relaxation. It is cause for alarm and it would seem to be part of a disturbing pattern that has been emerging over the years:

• Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, aka Carlos Bledsoe, apparently acting on his own after receiving terrorist training in Yemen, shot two US Army soldiers outside a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting office, killing one, Private William Long and wounding another.

• Major Nidal Malik Hasan, apparently acting on his own, after years of conversing with Al Qaeda Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, shot and killed 13 fellow US Army soldiers and wounded 39 more.

These types of attacks are indicative of a revolutionary critical mass in which centralized direction and control is no longer necessary. Jihadis around the world are now waging violent Jihad in Al Qaeda-like fashion after reading web postings and listening to sermons. This presents a whole new series of challenges for security services and makes the use of military force much less effective. Infiltrating organizations such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah has been extremely difficult. But how does one infiltrate lone wolf actors like the Tsarnaev brothers? Who does the US military go after in the wake of the Boston attacks?

This new reality makes identifying and understanding the Islamic doctrinal basis of our Jihadist enemies all the more important, yet with each passing attack, we seem to be getting further and further away from doing so.

Boston

As we pray for the victims of the attack in Boston yesterday, let us continue to pray for those who were maimed and injured and have a long road to recovery ahead; some may never fully recover.

Please also remember, this was not a “TRAGEDY.” It is incredibly insensitive and irresponsible to call terrorist attacks “tragedies.” A tornado is a tragedy. An earthquake is a tragedy.

This was an “ATROCITY.”

And yet as we arise the day after this latest attack, we have evidently learned so little from the past.

Once again, our politicians are treating this event as a Toastmasters meeting, all lining up to put their 2¢ in. And what are so many–too many–of them saying? That we will bring who ever did this to “JUSTICE.”

“JUSTICE?”

This was an act of WAR and we are STILL talking about “justice?” Will we EVER learn?

This is not a law enforcement problem. The images we have seen from Boston make it all too clear that law enforcement is not equipped to deal with this. First responders are indeed heroes, but let’s face it: the First Responders mostly come in to clean up the horrible mess AFTER an attack.

We may not have figured out how to deal with this type of warfare–some of us haven’t at least–but at some point one would hope that we could at least reach some consensus that it is indeed war and not crime. Yet everywhere I look this morning, I see references to “crime” and “justice.”

Just 3 weeks ago, the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security, in their infinite wisdom, granted Saudi nationals “trusted traveler” status. This streamlines the entry process for travelers from Saudi Arabia. This development comes after the State Department relaxed visa requirements for Saudis. Keep in mind that Great Britain is not part of the “trusted traveler” status program. Nor is Australia. But Saudi Arabia is.

In case you don’t recall, 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. Saudi Arabia supplied more foreign fighters fighting US troops in Iraq than any other nation. Saudi Arabians fund Jihad more than any nation, with the exception of Iran. And Wahhabi Islam, the official state religion of Saudi Arabia, gave birth to Al Qaeda in the first place.

Within the last month the State Department announced its intention to expand the number of young people from Muslim nations coming to the US on student visas. The rationale for this move is based on the theory that such people will like us if we let them study here.

I guess they never heard of Sayyid Qutb. Or Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Or Mohammed Atta. Or Mousa Abu Marzook. Or Wadih El Hage. Google those names–all came to the US for academic reasons and all became committed Jihadist leaders.

And to top it all off, the crack Transportation Security Administration announced not long ago that they would now allow small knives on airliners. What could go wrong?

Our so-called “leaders” and our bureaucratized counterterror apparatus evidently learned NOTHING from 9/11.

Yesterday showed it.

It’s September 10th in America again.

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