But maybe he is. “Suspected terror leader plotted attack in fear of looming arrest,” by Isabel Teotonio in the Toronto Star, June 10 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Fearing his days were “numbered” and his arrest imminent, the alleged ringleader of a homegrown terror cell wanted to forge ahead and build explosives to carry out a “mission” that included an attack on Ottawa, a Brampton court was told yesterday.
“I’m just gonna go all out with the mission call, man, like fully all out,” he is overheard saying in an electronic intercept. “If we had more money, guy, I would have just strapped up, like, as many people as possible. … ‘Cause this is tense.”
The tension had been mounting since he’d learned that two American associates were arrested on terrorism-related charges. It was just a matter of time before police moved in on him, he suspected.
That’s why, on April 25, 2006 the alleged ringleader of the Toronto 18 spoke of preparing explosives destined for Ottawa with Mubin Shaikh, a police informant he believed was a co-conspirator in the plot. The explosives could be built within a week out of fuel containers filled with broken glass, nails, metal filings and ball bearings. He said he needed five guys for the mission.
He said he’d grown concerned since reading in the Toronto Star that two Georgia men, Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Sadequee, had been arrested after visiting Toronto in March 2005 to meet three “Islamic extremists.”
The article said the men discussed terror strikes in the United States, including attacks on oil refineries and military bases, and planned to disable the Global Positioning System (GPS), which would disrupt military and commercial communications and air traffic.
During the intercept, the alleged ringleader suggests he is one of the three men referred to and says the Americans stayed with him for two weeks. He said Sadequee had attended high school in Ajax and that he was “very, very tight” with him.
Contrary to the report, he said, they never discussed attacking oil refineries, but he did take credit for coming up with the GPS idea.
He went on to reveal that the Americans were planning to attack the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, adding, “That’s pure airborne, man.”
Fearing their arrest would lead police to his doorstep, the alleged ringleader told Shaikh, “My days are numbered.”
“If they come for me, man, there’s gonna be a fricking shootout,” he said. “I ain’t goin’ to no jail, man.”
He also said that if a couple of officers died in a gun battle, that in itself would be “enough terror.”…