…Canada is fortunate not to have as many terrorists or other Islamist inmates as the U.S.
Islamist extremists are now radicalizing Canadians at “a large number of venues,” according to a secret intelligence report released to the National Post under the Access to Information Act.
While mosques with hardline imams are often singled out for spreading violent Islamist ideology, the study found that radicalization has been taking place at a much longer list of locales.
“Radicalization is not limited to religious centres,” says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service report, titled Venues of Sunni Islamist Radicalization in Canada.
The heavily censored report identifies the role of prisons, the Internet and foreign travel in turning some Canadians into extremists who wage or support violence. But it also points a finger at the family home.
“Parents have radicalized children,” reads the Intelligence Assessment, “husbands have radicalized wives (and some wives have radicalized or supported their husbands) … and siblings have radicalized each other,” it says.
“As this assessment has demonstrated, a large number of venues have been, and continue to be used to further Islamist extremist ideology. … As radicalization is usually a social process, it can occur wherever humans interact, in the real world or virtual ones,” it says.
Since al-Qaeda’s attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, an increasing number of Canadians have become lured into Islamist extremism, an intolerant, anti-democratic and virulently anti-Western worldview that preaches that violence against non-Muslims is a religious duty and a path to paradise.
Several Canadian extremists have travelled abroad to countries such as Pakistan and Somalia with the intention of engaging in what they call jihad, while others have plotted mass casualty attacks in Canada, although none has succeeded.
OTTAWA — Canada has relatively few terrorists behind bars, but an expert on prison radicalization says the problem of Islamist ideology spreading among inmates is a real one.
“This isn’t to say that all inmates will become radicals, or even that many will,” said Dr. Alexandre Wilner, a Research Fellow with the Mandonald-Laurier Institute and a terrorism expert. “But it is to suggest that prison represents a potentially good window of opportunity for spreading radical views and recruiting others to a violent cause.”
Wilner’s comments follow the release of a highly censored CSIS threat assessment that confirmed that Sunni Islamist radicalization is taking place in Canadian prisons, within families and through jihadi websites.
The parts of the assessment that the public has been allowed to see don’t indicate how large a problem Islamist radicalization is within Canada or offer specific examples of cases.
Wilner says Canada is fortunate not to have as many terrorists or other Islamist inmates as the U.S., Britain, France and Spain because it allows authorities here to intervene early in preventing radicalization.
“By gauging other countries’ policies for minimizing the risk of prison radicalization, we might be able to construct the sorts of things we need now in Canada to limit our susceptibility to the threat,” he said.
Among recommendations Wilner made to a special Senate anti-terror committee is a call for the RCMP, CSIS, and the Correctional Service of Canada to take a more coordinated approach to understanding Islamist radicalization since the problem is still in its early stages.
Unfortunately for Canadians, dhimmi politicians continue to legitimize Muslims who associate with terrorists, advocate for sharia and support jihad.