“He indicated he was planning to leave Canada to fight for the Islamic State. He indicated if he was unable to travel, he would strike from within. He was going to target government buildings, monuments, infrastructure such as electrical grids and federal employees.”
That is an apt summation of the hazards of preventing young Muslims who want to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State from doing so. They might all too easily decide to wage jihad in their home countries. As far as Western authorities are concerned, however, to consider that possibility is “Islamophobic.”
“‘I regret what I’ve done’: Manitoba teen charged in terrorism case,” by Josh Crabb, CTV News, November 15, 2016:
Chilling details of a Manitoba teen’s support for the terrorist group ISIS were heard in a Brandon courtroom Tuesday morning.
The teen is charged with a terrorism offence. In September, the teen pleaded guilty in Winnipeg to a charge of counselling the commission of an indictable offence for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group….
A news reporter from the CBC contacted RCMP with a tip about a Twitter account indicating a teenager was planning to leave Canada to fight with ISIS.
Mahon told court the Twitter account provided was later found to belong to the youth.
Court heard the account contained messages of support for Hijrah, which involves migration to Syria or Iraq.
Court also heard the account contained a post which asked anyone who couldn’t make Hijrah to “strike from within.”
Mahon described the post in court; “It doesn’t matter how you do it, use a bomb, a knife, a gun or car hashtag ISIS.”
A search of the youth’s computer resulted in the discovery of terrorist images and propaganda.
Court heard the youth had also been in contact with a fighter from ISIS and that he had searched for the ISIS flag, ISIS video and ISIS messages on the computer….
Initially, the youth denied the Twitter account belonged to him, but later acknowledged to investigators it was his.
“He indicated he was planning to leave Canada to fight for the Islamic State,” Mahon told court. “He indicated if he was unable to travel, he would strike from within.”
“He was going to target government buildings, monuments, infrastructure such as electrical grids and federal employees.”
Mahon told court the youth indicated he conducted research to do this, and drawings and notebooks were seized by investigators….
When asked in court by the judge if he had anything to say the teen said, “I regret what I’ve done.”
“I was struggling with my identity. I’d like to apologize to my family for the stress that I’ve caused them, also to the Crown and police for using their resources and also for causing a stir in the community.”…