Sunday, June 11, 2006

Oddities about the Toronto 'terrorists'

Oddities about the Toronto 'terrorists':

  1. From the Globe and Mail:

    "As the summer of 2005 turned to fall, it is alleged that Mr. Ahmed increasingly drew upon a fellow suspect, Zakaria Amara. According to the dossier, he sent him to Cochrane, Ont., to scout out a possible location for a training camp.

    It is alleged that Mr. Amara was spotted approaching government offices in the far Northern Ontario community. Someone claims to have heard him fire off two shots with a shotgun.

    Police allege he returned back to brief the emir on his travels. In the end, the location was not suitable. A community closer to Toronto was chosen."

    Not suitable. I'll say! By road, Cochrane is 720 kilometers (almost 450 miles) from Toronto. Driving from Toronto, Cochrane is literally at the end of the road (there are no roads north of Cochrane). I wonder what Mr. Amara was doing "approaching government offices".

  2. Again, from the Globe:

    "It is alleged that Mr. Amara was seen hatching plans to buy a detonator and researching bomb construction in public libraries. From the beginning, the bomb was said to be big: 1.5 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, according to police, mixed with several litres of nitric acid to get the explosion going.

    Police monitor large purchases of such substances. But what if a lot of people make individual purchases? The Crown alleges a plot manifested itself with 200 business cards that would allow suspects to approach suppliers individually and acquire smaller batches. The Crown says the e-mail address had a memorable ring:

    Then there was a change of plan. The Crown alleges Mr. Amara brought in another Mississauga man, Shareef Abdelhaleem, to assist with buying thousands of dollars worth of fertilizer.

    According to the Crown information, a police agent was on the opposite end of a payment of $2,000. After that point, the operatives are alleged to have rented a house and industrial storage unit."

    Since obtaining the fertilizer is the weak point of the plot, why did they go from a safe way of obtaining it, obviously well thought out in light of the risks, to buying the fertilizer in such a dangerous way? Without the fertilizer purchase, the government has no case.

  3. Depending on which account you read, the 'terrorists' had a unique form of target while training in the woods. They used either photographs (CBS) or statues (the Globe) of Hindu gods! A bunch of young Muslim men from Toronto wandering around the Ontario wilderness firing at Hindu gods. It sounds like a Monty Python sketch. I know Hindu-Muslim relations aren't great, and that it would be relatively easy to buy such targets in Toronto, but it still doesn't make much sense. Well, until you consider that Chand, the Canadian army reservist, and fairly recent convert to Islam, who converted under the influence of friends with whom he played basketball (!), and became ultra-devout and evangelical, and allegedly made a big deal of wanting to behead the Canadian Prime Minister, was a convert from Hinduism. Did Chand supply the targets? If so, did he also supply the guns?