The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have foiled a terrorist attack planned by members of Religion of Peace for the passenger rail link connecting Toronto with New York. The case has some interesting — and ominous aspects — in addition to the usual peace ’n’ love we’ve learned to associate with Islam.
First, a compilation of various video clips about the arrests by Vlad Tepes from Canadian news reports, plus screen caps from web material:
An article from The Globe and Mail has more details:
RCMP arrest two for ‘al-Qaeda-supported’ plot to bomb Via train
Acting on a tip from the Muslim community, police have arrested two people in Canada in connection with a plot to derail a passenger train in the Canadian portion of the Toronto-New York route.
“The individuals were receiving support from al-Qaeda elements located in Iran” RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia told reporters.
He said the support consisted of “directions and guidance” but added it was not supported by the state of Iran.
“This is the first known al-Qaeda plan or attack that we’ve experienced [in Canada],” RCMP Superintendent Doug Best told reporters.
The two accused are Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, the RCMP said.
Neither man is a Canadian citizen. Officials would not provide more details about them. The Mounties arrested them on Monday.
According to his online biography, Mr. Esseghair was born in Tunisia and is now a PhD student at a Quebec university, the INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique), where he is a member of a team at a lab in Varennes, outside Montreal, developing biosensors. [emphasis added]
Remember that lab in Varennes — it’s significant.
The article continues:
A staffer at the lab said they had received an e-mail instructing them not to talk to the media. A blog about the research team was shut down after the arrest was announced.
The two are to appear in court in Toronto Tuesday to face charges that include conspiring to carry out an attack against, and conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.
The CTV network captured footage of a handcuffed Mr. Esseghaier arriving at Toronto’s Buttonville Airport, disembarking from a private plane at Toronto’s Buttonville municipal airport.
RCMP Chief Superintendent Jennifer Strachan said the two suspects had scouted out their potential targets. “They watched trains and railways in the Toronto area,” she said.
She would only say that the pair was targeting a Via Rail route. A source confirmed in Ottawa confirmed that it was the Toronto-New York City train.
Asked about the timing of the arrests, Chief Supt. Strachan said there had been no impending danger for the public.
“It was in the planning stage but not imminent … We had contingency plans.”
The two suspects had been under investigation since last August, according to a person briefed by police. The police were tipped a year and a half ago by members of the Muslim community in Toronto, a source said.
While al-Qaeda’s Iranian connection is little-known, U.S. officials have in past alleged that two financiers of the terrorist organization are based in Iran.
The announcement came as the government is pushing for the passage of an anti-terrorism bill, called S-7, which would authorize police to pre-emptively detain Canadians and hold them for up to three days without charging them. The bill would also allow authorities to imprison a Canadian for up to 12 months if they refuse to answer questions posed by a judge in what are called investigative hearings.
“Our government remains unwavering in its commitment to protect Canadians and support the global fight against terrorism,” Mr. Toews said. “Canada will not tolerate terrorist activity, and we will not be used as a safe haven for terrorists or those who support terrorist activity.”
Vlad picked up a reference to an employee named “Chiheb Esseghair” — lacking only an “e” to make the name identical — on the website of a biology and nanotechnology lab. The lab has now taken down the page in question, but Vlad capped it before it disappeared. Check out the photo, and note all the hijabs and other signs of cultural enrichment.
In other words, an Al Qaeda terrorist found employment in Canada at a lab where he may well have been learning some useful techniques for biological warfare.
By the way — the Mohammed Coefficient of the people in the photo is only 6%, but the leadership of the Biosensor BioMEMS Bionanotechnology Lab has an M.C. of 100%.
Ah, the benefits of diversity!