The police are super busy in Toronto, threatening Rabbis and making sure that I am not allowed speak about this very thing. Do these jackbooted keystone clowns really believe that by stopping me from speaking about Islamic jihad, that Islamic jihad will stop?
Last week I was on a Canadian radio show (I forget which one), and when I referred to this plot as jihad, the host stopped me and said, “we don’t know that.” The host implied that I was being a bombthrower by calling it an Islamic attack. The level of denial and delusion is stunning.
In this article, The National Post describes the Muslim terrorist as Tunisian. Tunisia is not Ahmed Abassi’s motive. He was a devout Muslim who was a master’s student in chemical engineering. This is Islamic jihad. Period. Why won’t they say it? This Muslim talked about killing 100,000 people. Bam.
These jihadis had “overseas training and plotted to engage in terrorist activity in the West.”
He wanted to remain in the United States, and that if he was living in the United States he would be willing to carry out terrorist operations in the United States…
It is important to point out that this plot was thwarted by an FBI informant. This is how hundreds of jihad plots over the past 12 years have been stopped. This is the very program that Hamas groups like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, MSU are aggressively agitating to stop. And they met with some measure of success. The FBI knew about the Boston jihad bombers, but didn’t monitor or surveil them.
“Third suspect related to alleged VIA Rail terror plan discussed bacteria plot to kill ‘100,000 people’: documents” The National Post (hat tip Nicola)
Ahmed Abassi, a 26-year-old Tunisian citizen, was arrested at New York’s JFK airport on April 22 — the same day the RCMP picked up Chiheb Esseghaier in Montreal and co-accused Raed Jaser in Toronto.The U.S. case had remained sealed until Thursday, when federal prosecutors revealed that an undercoverFBI officer had met with Mr. Abassi and Mr. Esseghaier, and recorded conversations in which they allegedly discussed mass casualty terror plots.
Among the attacks they proposed were the train derailment plot and poisoning the air or water, resulting in the deaths of up to 100,000 people, officials said. The contamination plot was only talk and there was never any public danger.
The U.S. indictment sheds new light on Project Smooth, the RCMP-led investigation that resulted in the arrests just over two weeks ago of Mr. Esseghaier and Mr. Jaser. The RCMP alleged the plot was linked to al-Qaeda elements based in Iran.
The documents unsealed by the U.S. District Court in New York paint Mr. Abassi as a ringleader, saying he “radicalized” Mr. Esseghaier, a fellow Tunisian who subsequently received “overseas training and plotted to engage in terrorist activity in the West.”
Mr. Abassi spent fewer than three years in Canada, arriving in 2010 as a visitor but then applying for a student visa, initially to study at the Université de Sherbrooke. When rejected, he reapplied to study at the Université Laval. He received the student permit in 2012 but subsequently left Canada.
After arriving in the U.S. in mid-March, Mr. Abassi maintained “regular contact” with both Mr. Esseghaier and the undercover FBI officer, who recorded conversations in which Mr. Abassi “expressed his desire to engage in terrorist acts” against targets in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Mr. Abassi also spoke about providing support to terrorist groups such as the Al-Nusrah Front in Syria and al-Qaeda in Iraq, and told the undercover officer about “like-minded” associates he thought would be willing to engage in terrorism, prosecutors said in a letter sent to the judge Thursday.
“The defendant, Esseghaier and the UC [Under Cover] also spoke about Esseghaier’s proposed terrorist plots. Among other things, the defendant told the UC that while Esseghaier’s plans were good, the time was not right. The defendant noted that he had suggested an alternative plot — contaminating the air or water with bacteria in order to kill up to 100,000 people — but that Esseghaier was dismissive of the plan,” the letter said.
“The defendant also proposed that they help Muslims fighting in Syria by sending money or weapons. He also stated that he wanted to remain in the United States, and that if he was living in the United States he would be willing to carry out terrorist operations in the United States, but that he would have to know more details regarding any proposed plot.”The arrest of a third suspect in New York had already been reported by the National Post, but U.S. authorities had kept quiet about it while members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force questioned Mr. Abassi almost daily for more than a week.
The interrogations ended on April 29 and on May 2, a grand jury indicted Mr. Abassi on two counts alleging he had fraudulently applied for a U.S. work visa to facilitate an act of international terrorism. He faces up to 25 years of imprisonment for each count.
“As alleged, Mr. Abassi came to the United States to pursue terrorist activity and support others in the same shameful pursuit,” said George Venizelos of the FBI New York field office. “What Mr. Abassi didn’t know was that one of his associates, privy to the details of his plan, was an undercover FBI agent.”
Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target, is led off a plane by RCMP officers at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto on Tuesday. Officials at Université Laval in Quebec City, where Mr. Abassi was a master’s student in chemical engineering, said they were forbidden by privacy law from discussing his time there as a student. Spokesman Jean-François Huppé said university personnel had been instructed not to discuss the matter.. One person who briefly worked in a laboratory with Mr. Abassi described him as “a normal guy” who never talked about terrorism. Mr. Abassi was co-author of a paper with Laval colleagues in the December 2012 edition of the scientific journal Applied Catalysis.He was the lead author on a paper presented this week in a session on “Green Chemistry and Catalysis” at the annual conference of ACFAS, an association promoting scientific research in francophone Canada.
Mr. Esseghaier and Mr. Jaser have been held in custody since their arrests. They are scheduled for court appearances in Toronto in two weeks. Meanwhile, a review of their immigration files was to be handed this week to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
The minister ordered the review after learning both men had been granted permanent resident status in Canada in the past year. Mr. Jaser, a Palestinian born in the United Arab Emirates, had received immigrant status in Canada after being pardoned for fraud and threat convictions.
Pamela Geller’s article is reprinted with permission and first appeared on her critically-acclaimed blog…Atlas Shrugs.