Thursday, July 13, 2006

I wrote about my gut instincts on Toronto’s own homegrown jihadies shortly after their arrest in June 2006:
I am reserving full judgment until the crown’s case is fully laid out and until that day; I cannot speculate accurately as to the how serious the intentions of the alleged perpetrators were, nor can I realistically judge their commitment to Jihad in Canada. Let me direct – there is nothing like having an allegedly neutral undercover party cheering you on to higher highs or giving you a shove over the edge when you have been content to sit around with your buddies discussing how much Canadians/Christians/Jews sucks while playing extreme camper now and then. Really, it seems more like Boys club than Jihad.

So what do I read in the Toronto Star this morning? Nothing more than our intelligence agencies were running moles in the all-Canadian Jihad Boys club:

Although his identity is now known within the community and also to some of the 17 terrorism suspects arrested June 2, his name cannot be published due to Canadian laws. Sources say the man worked for the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, and then became a paid RCMP agent once a criminal investigation was launched. It's an offence under the Witness Protection Program Act to disclose the name of an RCMP agent.

While the names of sources in national security cases are often protected, this witness has agreed to testify in open court when his identity will be made public, sources say. His name has not been revealed during court proceedings now underway to determine if any of the 17 accused will be released on bail. A publication ban prevents the reporting of any evidence heard during the bail hearings.

When contacted by the Star, the police agent said he did not want to talk about the case, saying that "justice should be served," and he looked forward to testifying in court. Last month the Star revealed the involvement of a second police agent in the case, who allegedly took part in the delivery of three tonnes of ammonium nitrate. Police claim seven of the suspects were involved in the alleged plot to use the fertilizer to create truck bombs destined for targets in southern Ontario. Since police were aware of the alleged purchase, they arranged for the switch of ammonium nitrate for a harmless substance before delivery, sources said.
I won’t be surprised if the case against the 17 accused falls apart at trial, nor would it be the first time in the history of either the CSIS or the RCMP for a case to do so at trial. Actually - coloured me shocked if the Crown actually presents a compelling case for conviction.

1 comment:

Chris Taylor said...

Mubin Shaikh -- the informant in question -- was mentioned, by name, on CBC Radio One this morning. They played clips of an interview with him as well, and Andy Barrie interviewed his dad. He also's mentioned (again by name, and image) on the CBC news website.

Wonder why the Star was so skittish about revealing his name as CBC does not seem to have any doubts about it.

As an aside the guy did admit support for the jihad in Afghanistan and Iraq but not, apparently, here at home. He was apparently also a big supporter of the proposed move to allow sharia tribunals here in Ontario.