Canada has a growing jihad problem. via Alleged terror plot targeting Via train thwarted – CBC News.
Canadian police say they have arrested two men and thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist attack on a Via passenger train in the Greater Toronto Area.
In a press conference that followed an exclusive report by CBC’s Greg Weston, police named the two accused as Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, from Toronto. They have been charged with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack and “conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.”
Could he be the same Chicheb Esseghaier listed on this Linkedin profile sporting the jihadi flag of the Islamic State of Iraq? Possibly Tunisian, a biochemical PhD candidate possibly on a student visa? Or is this just a coincidence?
The two men arrested are not Canadian citizens, police said Monday, but would not provide any details about their nationalities.
The RCMP accused the two men of conspiring to commit an “al-Qaeda-supported” attack.
Police said the two accused were getting “direction and guidance” from al-Qaeda elements in Iran. There was no information to suggest the attacks were state sponsored, police said.
Chief Supt. Jennifer Strachan said the two suspects watched trains and railways in the Greater Toronto Area. There was a specific route targeted, not necessarily a specific train, Strachan said, although she declined to reveal which route was allegedly being targeted.
“We are alleging that these two individuals took steps and conducted activities to initiate a terrorist attack,” she told reporters.
The two men are expected to appear at Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto tomorrow.
Alleged attack in planning stage
Had this plot been carried out, it would have resulted in innocent people being killed or seriously injured, RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia told reporters on Monday.
However, Strachan said the attack was in the planning state but “not imminent.”
In a statement, RCMP said while they believe the individuals accused had the “capacity and intent” to carry out an attack, they believed there was “no imminent threat” to the public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure.
In a statement, Via Rail reiterated that “at no time” was there an imminent threat to the safety of the public or Via rail passengers or staff.
Highly placed sources tell CBC News the alleged plotters have been under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern Ontario.
The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The arrests Monday morning were co-ordinated and executed by a special joint task force of RCMP and CSIS anti-terrorism units, combined with provincial and municipal police forces in Ontario and Quebec.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews congratulated the RCMP, CSIS and local law enforcement and thanked the FBI for their assistance.
“Today’s arrests demonstrate that terrorism continues to be a real threat to Canada,” Toews told reporters on Parliament Hill Monday. “The success of Operation Smooth is due to the fact that Canada works very closely with international partners to combat terrorism.”
A curiously timed arrest. Under surveillance for over a year. FBI and DHS involvement. No imminent threat – which has come to mean the FBI was supplying fake explosives. But taken down a week after the Boston event. If there was no imminent threat, what transpired in the last few days to trigger the arrests?
He declined to take questions, citing the ongoing investigation.
U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson also congratulated the RCMP and said in a statement the arrests were the result of “extensive” cross-border co-operation.
“It underscores the fact that we face serious and real threats, and that security is a shared responsibility,” Jacobson said. “We all need to remain vigilant in confronting threats and keeping North America safe and secure.”
Law enforcement officials say the terror suspects arrested today have no connection to the two brothers accused of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.
Irrespective of the arrest, how can any logical human being believe Canadian or U.S. officials when they talk about keeping “North America” safe? With open borders, next to no enforcement of immigration policies and laws, and mass importation of people from terror states – yet we’re to believe this keeps us safe? Truly mind boggling.
While the Canadians did not divulge the details of the terror train plot, sources familiar with the “Operation Smooth” investigation told the Daily News the plotters were targeting an Amtrak passenger train bound for Canada out of Penn Station in Manhattan.
When Amtrak trains cross the border, passengers switch to Canadian Via Rail trains.
Sources said the pair intended to attack the trains only after they’d left the U.S. and crossed into Canada.
Interesting. Presumably that gives Canada prosecutorial jurisdiction right? Can any law student clarify? Were the two planning on being on the train that left Penn Station, i.e., did they have clearance to enter the U.S.?
Update: Walid Shoebat blows this thing wide open, Shocking Facebook of the Canada Train Terrorist
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