Friday, June 09, 2006

Canada's Strassmeir? has noted that one of the Toronto 17 has an odd background:

“Let's keep an eye on Steven Vikash Chand.  Somebody was a ringleader, and possibly set up the others, and I don't think it was Qayyum Abdul Jamal.
     This story will appeal to Montreal Planet editor Ron Saba who is worried that the Canadian military is behind the false "Jewish badges" story about Iran in the National Post. Chris Wattie, who wrote the story is a Canadian military reservist.
     Nobody in their right mind can possibly accept this terrorist plot at face value.  Note that Chand converted to Islam after his military service.  He's also responsible for the wildest threat of all - the beheading of the Prime Minister.”

It is alleged that part of the plot was to take over the Parliament Buildings and behead Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  However good an idea that seems on the surface, it would never work, as Harper would just grow a new head.  It was Chand, connected to the military and a late convert to Islam, who contributed that particular piece of over-the-top nonsense.  Could Chand be Canada’s Andy Strassmeir?

The RCMP obviously had an inside guy in the ‘conspiracy’, and this person is either unidentified or is one of the seventeen.  If it is Chand, watch for charges against him to disappear somewhere down the line. The RCMP apparently thought that the beheading story would add to its case, but instead it is so silly that it just emphasizes that the crux of the background to the ‘conspiracy’ consists of games of paintball and wild boasts on the internet.  It was entirely the fertilizer that made the case.  If it should turn out that the fertilizer part of the story is the work of an RCMP informant, the entire case falls apart.

Almost all of the problems in the United States now are caused by too much influence of the Pentagon on the course of American politics.  It would be a real shame if Canada were to go down that same road.  It is very easy for military types to capture politicians, particularly right-wing law-and-order politicians of the type who are now running Canada.

Next week, the Supreme Court of Canada is finally getting around to considering the laws enacted after September 11, including the (obviously unconstitutional) ability of the prosecution to detain indefinitely without charge non-citizens suspected of having terrorist ties and try them for deportation without disclosing the case against them.  We have to see the timing of the arrests of the Toronto 17 in light of the timing of the Supreme Court deliberations.  The Canadian security establishment wants to keep all its weapons, regardless of whether they are constitutional or not.