MANDEL: Mentally-ill attacker who targeted Canadian soldiers a terrorist — Crown

Michele Mandel

Published:June 20, 2019

Ayanle Hassan Ali.

A man with schizophrenia who attacked soldiers at a North York recruitment centre in 2016 is mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a mentally ill terrorist.

Federal prosecutors will go to the Ontario Court of Appeal next week to argue Ayanle Hassan Ali should be retried after a judge found that the anti-terrorism section of the Criminal Code enacted after 9/11 isn’t designed to capture a “lone wolf” involved in terror activity and acquitted him on nine terrorism charges.

“Lone-wolf terrorists are a serious problem in Canada and abroad and their recent ‘successes’ may inspire others,” prosecutors argue in their factum filed with the appeal court ahead of Monday’s hearing. “The trial judge’s interpretation impedes the ability to arrest and charge the lone wolf.”

Ayanle Hassan Ali arrives in a police car at a Toronto courthouse on March 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, little would change for Ali, who’s currently being held in the secure forensic unit at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Healthcare for treatment. The Crown agrees he’s mentally ill and should be found NCR on the terror charges. The difference, though, is that he would now be labelled a terrorist.

“The trial judge’s approach would erase the distinction between lone wolf terrorists and ordinary criminals,” prosecutors said. “A lone actor who commits an act of serious violence for a religious or ideological purpose, intending to intimidate the public, should be stigmatized with a Section 83 terrorism conviction.”

The attack lasted less than a minute.

On Mar. 14, 2016, Ali forced his way into the Yonge St. recruiting centre intent on becoming a jihadi martyr. “I have a licence to kill, I have a green light to kill,” Ali had written in his diary. “One soldier is all it takes, just one.”

He punched the first soldier repeatedly in the head, took a large kitchen knife from his folder and lunged at him, leaving a three-inch gash in the corporal’s arm.

When a sergeant rushed out of her office, Ali gave chase and narrowly missed slicing the back of her neck. He then tried to slash and stab at another sergeant, who in the chaos, had slipped on spilled coffee and fallen to the ground.

With his first blow, the blade hit the floor. Ali then continued stabbing him in the head and torso, but luckily, was now using the wrong end of his weapon.

After he was disarmed and restrained, Ali “appeared to be laughing, smiling, and giggling, and on something.” Others describe him as “not present” and “lost in the clouds.”

He told a paramedic Allah sent him “to kill people.” He told forensic psychiatrists who later examined him that soldiers were a “legitimate target.”

Ali was charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm and one count of carrying a weapon — all “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group.”

Last year, Justice Ian MacDonnell acquitted him on all terror charges and not criminally responsible for the lesser included offences of attempted murder, assault and weapons offences. “The intention of Parliament in enacting (the relevant terror legislation) was not to capture the kind of lone-wolf criminal behaviour engaged in by the defendant,” MacDonnell said.

Ali’s lawyers argue that the trial judge got it right and the Crown’s appeal argument is absurd and should be dismissed. “From both a common sense and legal perspective, this was a just result. Mr. Ali is mentally ill — not a terrorist,” they wrote in their factum.

This isn’t the only decision regarding Ali under appeal by the Crown.

Federal prosecutors are also contesting a decision by the Ontario Review Board last July that would eventually allow Ali to go unaccompanied to Mohawk College across the street from the psychiatric hospital.

His psychiatrist described Ali as a “kind, careful, considerate, soft spoken person” but conceded his “risk includes his potential to act out on political or radical ideas and that there is no treatment for that.”

Funny, but isn’t that the definition of a terrorist?

The battle against global warming: an absurd, costly and pointless crusade

Arwen~ I was skimming through some MSM articles online the other night and then reading the comment sections, there is much to be gleaned from reading those posts. It is a good gauge of where peoples heads are at and can be quite eye opening to say the least. On an article about our House of Commons declaring climate change “a national emergency”, yup, “a national emergency”….a person posted this comment in response..

In WW11 we had to band together and commit our resources to fight Hitler to protect our free and democratic way of life. Now it is this generation’s war to fight to protect our planet!”

Yes, that seemed like a rational response and comparison in this person’s mind. That is scary stuff right there , and many parroted the same sort of chicken little , “the sky is falling” rhetoric.. There is no scientific consensus on man made climate change. How does taxing people change the climate and cycles of weather patterns? It doesn’t. Highly recommend reading the “White Paper” . Educate yourself, be informed, this is how we fight~ Arwen.

White Paper drawn up by the Société de Calcul Mathématique SA

The mastiff Liberty growls and shows its sharp teeth. Victor Hugo: Les Châtiments (Castigations)

September 2015


From the Seine’s cold quays to the Ganges’ burning shores, The human troupe skips and swoons with delight, sees not In a hole in the ceiling the Angel’s trumpet Gaping ominously like a black blunderbuss.

Charles Baudelaire: La Danse Macabre (The Dance of Death), in Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)

All public policies, in France, Europe and throughout the world, find their origin and inspiration in the battle against global warming. The initial credo is simple: temperatures at the surface of the planet have been rising constantly for the past thirty years, and human beings are to blame.

This is leading to all sorts of discussions, conferences and regulations, which are having an enormous impact on our economy. Every area of activity is affected: transport, housing, energy – to name just a few. Why do we need to save energy? It is quite simple: we have to reduce human impact on the planet. This is the fundamental credo.

The impact on the entire field of scientific research is particularly clear and especially pernicious. No project can be launched, on any subject whatsoever, unless it makes direct reference to global warming. You want to look at the geology of the Garonne Basin? It is, after all, an entirely normal and socially useful subject in every respect. Well, your research will be funded, approved and published only if it mentions the potential for geological storage of CO2. It is appalling.

The crusade has invaded every area of activity and everyone’s thinking: the battle against CO2 has become a national priority. How have we reached this point, in a country that claims to be rational?

At the root lie the declarations made by the IPCC, which have been repeated over the years and taken up by the European Commission and the Member States. France, which likes to see itself as the ‘good boy of Europe’, adds an extra layer of virtue to every crusade. When others introduce reductions, we will on principle introduce bigger reductions, without ever questioning their appropriateness: a crusade is virtuous by its very nature. And you can never be too virtuous.

But mathematicians do not believe in crusades; they look at facts, figures, observations and arguments. This White Paper is divided into three parts: Part I: The facts

Chapter 1: The crusade is absurd

There is not a single fact, figure or observation that leads us to conclude that the world’s climate is in any way ‘disturbed’. It is variable, as it has always been, but rather less so now than during certain periods or geological eras. Modern methods are far from being able to accurately measure the planet’s global temperature even today, so measurements made 50 or 100 years ago are even less reliable. Concentrations of CO2 vary, as they always have done; the figures that are being released are biased and dishonest. Rising sea levels are a normal phenomenon linked to upthrust buoyancy; they are nothing to do with so-called global warming. As for extreme weather events – they are no more frequent now than they have been in the past. We ourselves have processed the raw data on hurricanes. We are being told that ‘a temperature increase of more than 2ºC by comparison with the beginning of the industrial age would have dramatic consequences, and absolutely has to be prevented’. When they hear this, people worry: hasn’t there already been an increase of 1.9ºC? Actually, no: the figures for the period 1995-2015 show an upward trend of about 1ºC every hundred years! Of course, these figures, which contradict public policies, are never brought to public attention.

Chapter 2: The crusade is costly

Direct aid for industries that are completely unviable (such as photovoltaics and wind turbines) but presented as ‘virtuous’ runs into billions of euros, according to recent reports published by the Cour des Comptes (French Audit Office) in 2013. But the highest cost lies in the principle of ‘energy saving’, which is presented as especially virtuous. Since no civilization can develop when it is saving energy, ours has stopped developing: France now has more than three million people unemployed – it is the price we have to pay for our virtue. We want to cut our CO2 emissions at any cost: it is a way of displaying our virtue for all to see. To achieve these reductions, we have significantly cut industrial activity and lost jobs. But at least we have achieved our aim of cutting CO2 emissions, haven’t we? The answer is laughable: apparently not. Global emissions of CO2 have continued to rise, including those generated by France in designing and manufacturing its own products, as the Cour des Comptes clearly states. Quite simply, manufacturing that is held to be environmentally damaging has been relocated. So the same products are now being manufactured in countries that are far less respectful of the environment, and we have lost all the associated jobs. As Baudelaire says, ‘Nature’s irony combines with our insanity’. SCM SA, Global Warming, White Paper, 2015/09. 4

Chapter 3: The crusade is pointless

Human beings cannot, in any event, change the climate. If we in France were to stop all industrial activity (let’s not talk about our intellectual activity, which ceased long ago), if we were to eradicate all trace of animal life, the composition of the atmosphere would not alter in any measurable, perceptible way. To explain this, let us make a comparison with the rotation of the planet: it is slowing down. To address that, we might be tempted to ask the entire population of China to run in an easterly direction. But, no matter how big China and its population are, this would have no measurable impact on the Earth’s rotation. French policy on CO2 emissions is particularly stupid, since we are one of the countries with the cleanest industrial sector. International agreements on the subject began with the Kyoto Protocol, but the number of countries signing up to this agreement and its descendants are becoming fewer and fewer, now representing just 15% of emissions of greenhouse gases. This just goes to show the truth of the matter: we are fighting for a cause (reducing CO2 emissions) that serves absolutely no purpose, in which we alone believe, and which we can do nothing about. You would probably have to go quite a long way back in human history to find such a mad obsession.

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Canada: MP who offended Muslim in gov’t hearing now derided over past “goat herder cultures” comment


“Conservative MP Michael Cooper made comments deriding “goat herder cultures” during a discussion about Islam’s compatibility with Canadian democracy when he was a law student at the University of Alberta a decade ago, according to two lawyers who have come forward to talk about the incident. The lawyers allege the comments were made during a heated discussion in a seminar on multiculturalism and the minority rights section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with Cooper arguing that some cultures were incompatible with Canada’s ‘Judeo-Christian values.’”

MP Michael Cooper is still being beaten down–now over comments he made a decade later–all because he recently ‘offended’ a Muslim man during a Justice and Human Rights Commons Committee hearing, despite being well justified in his so-called ‘offensive’ arguments. Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer threw Cooper out of that committee after a confrontation with Faisal Khan Suri, because Scheer was concerned that the Conservative Party might look “Islamophobic” to its Trudeau-Liberal counterparts. Well that ship has already sailed. Trudeau has long dismissed the Conservative Party as “Islamophobic” for merely asking valid questions about repatriating returning Islamic State fighters. Trudeau thinks they can be an “extraordinary powerful voice” for deradicalization . That should have been enough of a clue.

Even though Scheer dismissed Cooper from the Committee, believing that it would calm the “islamophobia” brigade, the gesture did not work. Suri wanted more. He demanded that Cooper should be thrown out of the Conservative Caucus.  Yet the most virulent leftists and Islamic supremacists gave “witness” before the Commons Committee without challenge and incident. For example:

  • Iqra Khalid–read more about her jihadist connections HERE.
  • Bernie Farber — a social justice warrior with contempt for who he calls Chrisitan “bible-thumping, ultra-Conservatives “. He also bullied a Toronto rabbi into revoking a signed contract to rent space at Beth Tikvah Synagogue for a Canadians for the Rule of Law Teach-In.
  • Mustafa Farooq from the infamous NCCM-CAIR.CAN. Read all about the organization’s unsavory profile HERE. And, last but not least…
  • Jasmin Zine, who made a loud and embarrassing scene at the Canadians For the Rule of Law (CFTRL) Teach-In Conference during my panel presentation, where she was rude, disruptive, screaming out of control and continued to scare people as she circled the parking lot in her vehicle afterwards. She was physically removed from discussion due to her  uncooperativeness, violation of her terms in acquiring a ticket and her general bad behavior; but she lied about the incident.  She later screamed that she was “assaulted” when no such thing happened nor were there any followup charges to corroborate her defamation and slander against Canadians for The Rule of Law. Robert Spencer wrote about Zine’s lies concerning the CFTRL discussion and her “long history of Islamophobia propagandizing HERE .

So now Friends of the “Islamophobia” Brigade continue to attack Cooper. It is ludicrous that Cooper continues to be singled out, even after he apologized upon removal by Scheer which he should not have done. He did nothing wrong. When Cooper used the description goat herderswhile he was a student, he was specifically referring to cultures that were “incompatible with Canada’s ‘Judeo-Christian values” as he stated. He could have instead referenced them as: human rights abusing, women-hating, murderous, supremacist cultures that commit the most vile acts even against children. But Cooper opted for “goat herder cultures”. An appropriate response to him might be to instruct more sensitivity to those who might be offended by the term, and move on.

It is the very practices instituted by such cultures that gave rise to the Zero Tolerance For Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, that was tabled by former Conservative government and came into law. But then after the Trudeau election win, mention of  “barbaric cultural practices”  was removed. Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer deemed the bill to be “insulting to cultures in Canada” and argued:

“Can we reasonably call terrorists barbaric? Yes. Are certain acts against humanity barbaric? Yes. Would any reasonable person agree with these points? Yes. Do I agree with these points? Yes,” she said at the time.

“The issue here, frankly, is the pairing of the words ‘barbaric’ and ‘cultural.’ By pairing these two words, we are instead removing the agency from the individual committing an action that is clearly wrong and associating it instead with a cultural group at large. We are implying that these practices are part of cultures and that these cultures are barbaric.”

Her arguments were seemingly well intended but wrong. Barbaric cultural practices are sanctioned by governments such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt and a range of other human rights abusing countries that do not recognize equality between genders, races and the like.  As part the culture of these societies, abusive practices are institutionalized and accepted as the norm. In Islamic states, such practices are sanctioned by Islam.  This is also what Cooper was referring to in his  “goat herding cultures” reference. To some, he will be deemed offensive, but to offend is not a crime (yet). Under no circumstances should concern about verbal offences trump concern about victims.  We see it routinely now among Western virtue-signalers, which feeds a corrupted and continued degradation of ethical reasoning.  It demonstrates just how  easily manipulated and ill-equipped the West is in dealing with the nefarious elements of foreign societies and immigrants. Friendly immigrants are not so easily offended; it is the agenda-driven ones who are, and who take offense to the level that we see here in the Cooper case.  Hurt feelings followed by punishment is characteristically Islamic.

“Contacted by CBC News this week, Cooper denied the allegation and said the incident was being mischaracterized.” It certainly is,  and hopefully he would not apologize this time. Andrew Scheer missed a golden opportunity to show Canadians that as a leader, he is capable of withstanding  the “Islamophobia” brigade, which is driving sharia values in every corner of Canadian society.

Canada and other Western nations, have evolved into accepting societies. In an era of multiculturalism, racism and intolerance, the battle against intolerance is no longer mainly a white person versus visible minority phenomenon. The biggest threat to tolerance, pluralism and human rights today is by Islamic supremacists who devalue the worth of all infidels and democratic constitutions–of which free speech is its cornerstone. The continued haranguing of Cooper is another assault on Western free speech. It is also intended to further beat down the federal Conservatives into dhimmitude which will split the vote among conservative-patriotic Canadians in the upcoming Fall elections.

“MP Michael Cooper disparaged ‘goat herder cultures’ in 2008 law class discussion, lawyers claim”, by Evan Dyer, CBC, June 18, 2019:

Conservative MP Michael Cooper made comments deriding “goat herder cultures” during a discussion about Islam’s compatibility with Canadian democracy when he was a law student at the University of Alberta a decade ago, according to two lawyers who have come forward to talk about the incident.

The lawyers allege the comments were made during a heated discussion in a seminar on multiculturalism and the minority rights section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with Cooper arguing that some cultures were incompatible with Canada’s “Judeo-Christian values.”

Contacted by CBC News this week, Cooper denied the allegation and said the incident was being mischaracterized.

“I recall that there was a seminar class, and there was some heated discussion around a paper that had been presented by one of my classmates,” he said. “And I do recall, along with other classmates, certainly participating in the discussion. It was, after all, a seminar class where there was vigorous debate around any number of legal issues.”

Cooper said he has little recollection of his comments during the discussion. “I do recall suggesting that Canada was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. And I recall that some members of the class didn’t take kindly to that comment. But again, there was a lot of back and forth, a lot of vigorous debate, and then that’s all that I recall.”

The lawyers making the allegations — both former classmates of Cooper — are Balqees Mihirig, who now practises law in New York City, and Brock Roe, who practises in Saskatoon.

Mihirig and Roe both said they were motivated to come forward after reading about Cooper’s controversial comments during a Commons justice committee meeting on May 28; Cooper rebuked a Muslim anti-racism activist who was testifying before the committee.

Mihirig and Roe said the University of Alberta incident happened during an advanced constitutional law class in late 2008 near the end of a seminar on the Charter of Rights — specifically, the sections dealing with multiculturalism and minority rights.

‘Goat herder cultures’

“Mr. Cooper had much to say about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and it was generally not positive. I frequently found myself challenging his statements,” Mihirig writes in a letter describing her recollection of events. “It was unpleasant, and negatively impacted my experience at law school. One such exchange became particularly heated after Mr. Cooper, declared Canada to be a ‘Judeo-Christian civilization’ that is incompatible with ‘goat herder cultures.’

“His comments occurred in the context of a discussion on section 27 of the Charter, which upholds multiculturalism as a principle of constitutional interpretation. Completely unprompted, Mr. Cooper made it a point to not only denigrate multiculturalism, but also to attack non ‘Judeo-Christian’ people.

“He never apologized back then, and his recent remarks provide little assurance that he has renounced such views. After ten years, his words from that class still disturb me, and I am saddened that despite his position as an elected member of Parliament, nothing seems to have changed.”

Speaking to CBC News about the incident, Mihirig said she “interrupted and challenged Mr. Cooper. And I asked him how dare he say something like that. And at that point, the class descended into chaos and we were dismissed. The class ended.”….

Canada resettled more refugees than any other country in 2018: UN

Arwen~ Not interested in anything the UN has to say on this issue or any other …they are irrelevant and corrupt to the core. I agree with the comment posted below..very well said.

” Refugees may be succeeding in Canada but it is at the expense of Canada and Canadians, we are using borrowed money to keep up this charade.
Canada has 10% of the United States’ population, what are we doing accepting the world’s most refugees? as we go further and further into debt.
In 1945 the world had 2.5 billion people, we now have 7.5 billion, ya think that population has some bearing on increasing migration numbers and world conflict?
So we brought in record numbers of refugees, how about the immigration on top and we wonder how we have a housing crisis and skyrocketing rent?
Have we made plans to increase school building, road building? Waste water treatment plants? We still have people in this country without clean drinking water. 
Well as long as we look good on the world stage; eh.”

Refugee families carry luggage to an awaiting van at Humber College to take them to new temporary accommodations at a Radisson Hotel in Toronto, on Aug. 9, 2018.Stan Behal / Toronto Sun / Postmedia Network / Files

Canadian Press

Published:June 19, 2019

OTTAWA — As the number of displaced people worldwide reaches modern highs, new figures show Canada resettled more refugees last year than any other country and had the second-highest number of refugees who gained citizenship.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ latest report shows the number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict has exceeded 70 million — the most since the Second World War.

About 1.4 million refugees were in need of resettlement in 2018 but only 92,400 refugees were actually resettled, in 25 countries.

Canada accepted 28,100 refugees for permanent resettlement last year. The United States was second with 22,900.

The data also shows Canada gave citizenship to the second-largest number of people who had arrived as refugees — a figure that helps to measure how well countries are integrating refugees. A total of 18,000 refugees became Canadian citizens last year, a substantial increase over 2017, when just over 10,000 refugees were naturalized. The number had been declining over time.

Michael Casasola, a senior resettlement officer with the UN refugee agency’s operation in Canada, says Canada has been a leader in welcoming refugees and giving them opportunities to thrive.

He pointed to Canada’s private sponsorship program, which accounts for two-thirds of Canada’s resettled refugees. By offering community-based supports that come directly from citizens and charitable organizations, refugees who arrive through this program achieve better outcomes and become better integrated into their communities than government-sponsored refugees.

“Canada’s approach to integration works. It encourages integration, it welcomes refugees to become part of Canadian society, including obtaining citizenship, and among all the immigrants who come to Canada, refugees have the highest (citizenship) uptake,” Casasola said.

The picture hasn’t been all rosy. An influx of “irregular” asylum seekers crossing into Canada using a forest path between New York state and Quebec has become a divisive political issue, with conservative politicians often referring to these individuals as “queue-jumpers” and “illegal” migrants.

The UNHCR report shows Canada was the ninth-largest recipient of new asylum-seekers in 2018, with 55,400 claims filed. Over 19,000 of those were from people intercepted by the RCMP for crossing “irregularly” into Canada.

While these numbers represent an overall increase in the number of asylum seekers to Canada — a situation that has led to major backlogs in processing claims and problems finding housing for asylum-seekers in Montreal and Toronto — the UNHCR figures show Canada’s experiences are nothing compared to the waves of refugees flocking to other countries. There they await processing and possible resettlement elsewhere.

“Only 16 per cent of the world’s refugees are in developed states,” Casasola said.

“The reality is the vast majority of refugees are in front-line countries. So we always have to be careful in certain discourse globally in terms of trying to present that somehow we’re inundated when other countries bear much larger responsibilities that they take on when refugees cross their border.”

Turkey hosted the largest number of refugees worldwide, with 3.7 million people in 2018, while Pakistan saw 1.4 million and Uganda 1.2 million.

The main country of origin for refugees in 2018 was Syria, with 6.7 million Syrians having fled across a border at the end of the year; and while these refugees were hosted by 127 countries on six continents, the vast majority — 85 per cent — remained in countries in the Middle East.

Casasola said he is concerned about a rise in harsh language about asylum seekers in Canada and in other countries. With immigration likely to be a major issue on the campaign trail in the federal election this fall, he said he hopes this trend doesn’t continue.

“It’s disconcerting when we hear a negative narrative around refugees when, in fact, we know that Canada has been a successful model in terms of how to receive and integrate refugees,” he said.

“We’re always worried that refugees somehow become a punching bag during an election, or to be used as a lightning rod and such, especially when a lot of what we hear is not accurate or fact-based.”

For example, while some Canadians worry about irregular migration, the number of irregular border-crossers was down slightly in 2018 compared to 2017 and so far this year, the rate of new arrivals has slowed compared to the same period last year.

“But what worries us is that sort of stuff is lost in the public opinion and it becomes more an emotional debate, rather than evidence-based,” Casasola said. “That’s why we’re interested in trying to put out into the public information about how refugees are actually succeeding in Canada and are helping Canada.”

KNIGHT: New York terror crime trial showed Pearson Airport was a target

There is no question Hizbollah was planning an attack in Canada at Pearson Airport.


JUNE 19, 2019

Last month a Hizbollah sleeper agent was tried and convicted in New York on multiple charges related to terrorism. And the media hardly noticed. The Canadian media ignored the matter completely.  I should add that Hizbollah is a proscribed international terrorist organization in both the U.S. and Canada.

This should be a concerning story for Canadians because what the Department of Justice’s release did not say was that one of the targets Kourani had along with JFK Airport was Pearson Airport in Toronto. That information came out at trial.

The sleeper agent, Ali Mohamad Kourani aka Jacob Lewis, was convicted on all eight charges in the indictment. He faces a lot of serious jail time when he will be sentenced in September.

Following his conviction, the Department of Justice said this in a press release: “Ali Kourani was recruited, trained and deployed by Hizballah’s Islamic Jihad Organization to plan and execute acts of terrorism in the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Berman.

“Kourani’s chilling mission was to help procure weapons and gather intelligence about potential targets in the U.S. for future Hizballah terrorist attacks.  Some of the targets Kourani surveilled included JFK Airport and law enforcement facilities in New York City, including the federal building at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan.”

Part of the duties assigned to him by his Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO) handler was to gather security information on certain facilities. Pearson was one such facility.

He documented everything from uniform security checkpoints, shift changes and CCTV camera locations. There is no question Hizbollah was planning an attack in Canada at Pearson Airport.

But the great work of the FBI that might have succeeded.

One of the key points Kourani identified that he was checking for was whether security officers were armed. True North covered this before in a discussion about CBSA officers who were trained, certified and issued sidearms but were not allowed to carry them at Class 1 Airports in Canada where they were deployed because of a bureaucratic directive.

This one case shows why that directive needs to be repealed as soon as possible.

Kourani was not just an innocuous information gatherer either. A Lebanese national by birth, in 2000, he had specialized weapons training in Lebanon. He emigrated to the U.S. in 2003 and was naturalized in 2009.

The IJO recruited him in 2008 and provided him with specialized training in tradecraft, weapons and tactics. The DOJ press release says that in 2011 “Kourani attended a weapons training camp in the vicinity of Birkat Jabrur, Lebanon, where he used a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, an AK-47 assault rifle, an MP5 submachine gun, a PKS machine gun (a Russian-made belt-fed weapon) and a Glock pistol.”

The press release and the evidence led in the trial described in detail how the IJO controlled Kourani and communicated with him including assigning targets which included prominent Jews to be targeted for assassination.

The U.S. dodged a bullet with the arrest of this man and the disassembling of his network. But so too did Canada. The information about what and how he was acquiring information was included in a CATSA internal newsletter this month.

In the days since 9/11, we have been hearing from the hand-wringers in Canada that we don’t have to worry, that these things can’t happen here.

Well, it seems they can as evidenced by the truck attack in Edmonton last year, the Danforth shooting, the interception in Kingston and the recent seizure of bomb-making precursor materials in Richmond Hill. But, and more to the point, this case shows that those who hate the west and our way of life are definitely actively planning attacks on this country.

Our intelligence and enforcement authorities can’t afford to be complacent or wrong. Those who want to do us harm can afford any number of false starts or failed attempts. Those who protect us can’t afford to be wrong once.

Canadian jihadi jailed 26 years for conspiring to murder U.S. soldiers

Graeme Gordon

Published:June 19, 2019

Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa received 26 years in a U.S. prison for his role in planning a 2009 bombing in Iraq that killed five American soldiers. (U.S. Attorney`s Office.)

A U.S. federal judge sentenced an Iraqi-Canadian man to 26 years in prison for his role in planning a 2009 suicide bombing that killed five American soldiers, two Iraqis and injured 70 others.

Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa pleaded guilty to helping plan a suicide truck bombing where more than 900 kilograms of explosives were detonated outside an entrance of a major military base in Mosul, a northern city of Iraq­.

“These five families will never be whole again,” said Becky Johnson, the mother of 24-year-old Gary Lee Woods Jr., who died in the April 2009 bombing.

Gary Lee Woods Jr. was one of five American soldiers killed in a bomb attack in Mosul, a northern city of Iraq­. (YouTube)

According to the Daily Mail, Johnson said she was “appalled” by a plea deal that resulted in Tuesday’s sentence. Johnson argued prosecuters should’ve pushed for a life sentence.

Other parents of the murdered American soldiers were also displeased with the plea deal.

U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf explained that ‘Isa had a “comparatively limited role” in the bomb attack.

‘Isa, formerly of Edmonton, was a member of a multinational terrorist group that assisted would-be suicide bombers to get to Iraq.

In 2015, he was charged with conspiring to kill Americans abroad, murdering Americans abroad, and providing material support to terrorists. He was born in Iraq and moved to Toronto in 1993, becoming a Canadian citizen four years later.

“Today’s sentence brings some measure of earthly justice to an individual involved in the deaths of five service members,” said John Demers, assistant attorney general for National Security.

The five American soldiers killed in the suicide bombing were: Sgt. Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, Calif.; Staff-Sgt. Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa; Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis, Mo.; and Pte. Bryce E. Gaultier, 22, of Cyprus, Calif.

U.S. airmen transfer coffin containing the body of Army corporal Jason G. Pautsch at Dover Air Force Base back in 2009. (Tim Shaffer/Reuters)

Exclusive — Burgess Owens on Reparations: ‘Every Bad Thing That’s Happened to My Race Over the Years’ Goes ‘Right Back to the Democratic Party’

Arwen~ A must read and share.

Dinesh D’Souza has also exposed the Democratic party for who they really are. Check him out.