Canadian police foiled a homegrown terrorist attack by arresting 17 suspects, apparently inspired by al-Qaida, who obtained three times the amount of an explosive ingredient used in the Oklahoma City bombing. The FBI said the Canadian suspects may have had “limited contact” with two men recently arrested on terrorism charges in Georgia. About 400 regional police and federal agents participated in the arrests Friday and early Saturday.
“These individuals were allegedly intent on committing acts of terrorism against their own country and their own people,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. “As we have said on many occasions, Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism.”
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested 12 adult suspects, ages 43 to 19, and five suspects younger than 18 on terrorism charges including plotting attacks with explosives on Canadian targets. A major problem is, all the suspects were either citizens or residents of Canada, educated and working in that country. Their families also live there. Some of the would-be terrorists were radicalized in Mosques.
Another example: Of the four suicide bombers who struck London’s transit system on July 7, 2005, one was a Jamaican-born British citizen and three were of Pakistani descent but born and raised in Britain. One of them, Mohammad Sidique Khan, had recorded a chilling video message of more terror to come, which was aired on Al Jazeera in September 2005. London’s Guardian found the message disturbing not only because of its contents but also because of who was delivering it. We have become used to such grim messages delivered in Arabic. This was spoken in English, in a calm native Yorkshire accent, aimed specifically at British Muslims. More than likely Continental Europe, as well as Britain, has homegrown suicide bombers among its second-generation Muslims. British intelligence has found, that Islamist preachers in Britain have radicalized most of these terrorists.
In the United States, we have more immigrants from more countries than any other country on earth, and all have the right to carry on their religious and cultural practices, to include using suicide bombers to kill Americans. Many of these immigrants are living in the U.S. illegally as well. It might be illegal to the American, but very worthy to one who despises America or to an angry American (Timothy McVeigh?). There are many in your neighborhoods. Recently in Sacramento, California, a father and son Hamid & Umer Hayat both from Pakistan stood trial for planning to carry out such killings. The case did not work so well for the government. A Pennsylvania/Idaho Caucasian man, American born Michael Reynolds, was arrested several months ago for conspiring with Al Quaeda to bomb U.S. gas pipelines in Alaska, New Jersey and Wyoming. It is matter of if not when.
Do you believe that we are being set up for another attack by homegrown terrorists?