“Nevermind foreign terrorists, why is Canada growing its own extremists?” from the National Post, with thanks to all who sent this in. The short answer, of course, is that Canadian authorities haven’t been paying attention to the dissemination of the jihad ideology in Canadian mosques.
They are young, militant and Canadian. And according to senior counterterrorism authorities, they have been plotting large-scale terrorist attacks on Canadian soil.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service acknowledged this week it has been investigating groups of “homegrown” extremists. In candid testimony to the Senate national security committee, the agency went on to say that these young followers of the “al-Qaeda ideology” have been plotting against targets within Canada.
“They are not looking to Afghanistan, the U.K. or anywhere else,” Jack Hooper, the CSIS Deputy Director of Operations, testified on Monday.
The exact targets of these young terrorists were not revealed, but it is their profile that is most shocking: young Canadian Muslims who have somehow become radicalized while growing up in Canada.
They are “homegrown.” In other words, they have emerged from within Canada, rather than infiltrating it from abroad. They are insiders, not outsiders like Millennium Bomber Ahmed Ressam, who was behind Canada’s last major terrorism scare in 1999.
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