William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

CANADIAN ERRORISTS IN OUR MIDST

We had the SSM battery carry our old Honest Johns
Back in the Cold War days of our mini atomic bombs
Today our extremist Moslems walk near our reactors
Taking into consideration all of their suicidal factors

The Mounties have nightmares and stay awake at night
Finding the underground sleeper cells is Canada’s plight
Emotionally motivated by their teachings in the mosque
Doing low class day jobs these teenagers appear lost

Try for those seventy two virgins – blow those infidels to hell
Call me a rag headed camel jockey here in my sleeper cell?
If caught there is no risk because they can’t prosecute me
I’m just a poor Moslem young offender in this land of the free

Canadian born Islamists are really errorist wannabes
I say errorist instead of terrorist because it’s mental disease
Although they appear dangerous perhaps they’ve been here too long?
They now play PC video games and sing rock and roll songs!

Author’s Note: Inspired by the Times Colonist Article by Ian Macleod of May 8, 2008 (reproduced below)

MOUNTIE: SUSPECTED PLOTS ‘KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT’

Young, disaffected, Canadian-born Islamists can be ‘terrorist wannabes, ‘ senior officer says
IAN MACLEOD: CanWest News Service

OTTAWA — The RCMP is investigating seven suspected terrorist plots so disturbing they “keep me awake at night,” the senior Mountie for national security disclosed yesterday.

Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said the cases are “spread right across the country” and each is comparable in scale to Canada’s biggest alleged jihadist conspiracy, which resulted in the arrests of 18 Toronto-area people in a suspected plot to bomb federal buildings in 2006.

The seven cases are among an unprecedented 848 national security cases, most related to terrorism, currently under investigation, McDonell told an Ottawa conference on critical infrastructure protection.
“What we’re on to scares us,” he said in a later interview, without elaborating. “What we’re not on to really scares us.”

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the RCMP’s national security criminal investigation section’s caseload has surged 780 per cent, with the $40-million-a-year section “borrowing people from here, there and everywhere. There’s just that much work out there,” he said.

“It’s a no-risk environment. Our people are running at the limit.”

His comments are the most detailed and candid yet from a senior police officer on the threat confronting Canada.

“What we’re facing is a violent Islamist, born-again social movement, composed mostly of young, second-or third-generation immigrants with a secular background,” he told the Conference Board of Canada gathering of security, industry and government experts.

With no direct links to the al-Qaeda terror network, they are rarely in organized terror cells but rather, members of amorphous cliques and clusters of lower middle-class or lower-class men, average age 20, who feel discriminated against and excluded from society.

“I look at them as terrorist wannabes,” said McDonell. “Being a wannabe does not make them any less dangerous. In fact, I would argue it makes them more dangerous. Not ideologically motivated, they are emotionally motivated, motivated by images: rapes, murders, arrests creating moral outrage.”

“This all adds up to making them extremely difficult to identify and their behaviours difficult to predict. And in my experience, the realization that they have been identified and that we’re onto them, only emboldens and legitimizes them. That does not slow them down.”

The huge national security caseload is partly the result of an evolution in counter-terrorism law enforcement since 9/11, he said: “We know more now, we’re getting better at identifying more, our investigators are getting better.”

The RCMP’s improving relationship with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is partly responsible, too, he said.

McDonell used his speech to fire back at many in the news media and others who criticized the RCMP’s work on the “Toronto 18” case after four more suspects had charges against them stayed recently, leaving one youth and 10 adults to be tried out of the original 18 suspects.

“Given the nature of terrorism and especially suicide terrorists it’s essential police act before a strike is committed,” he said.

But as the Toronto case and others have shown, that can be a risky prosecution strategy if insufficient evidence has been gathered at the time of arrest.

“It’s kind of, damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” he said.