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Terror suspect didn’t enter U.S. from Canada: feds


OTTAWA – The federal government is dismissing the notion that a terror suspect recently arrested in the United States entered from Canada.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney suggested Friday that the Tunisian-born man, who had been studying in Canada, could not actually have entered from here.

“When we became aware of security concerns, he was back in Tunisia, and his study permit was not renewed,” Kenney told a news conference.

Ahmed Abassi was arrested last month in the U.S. and accused of planning an “act of international terrorism.” He is accused of having ties to one of the two men suspected of plotting an attack on a passenger train in Ontario. He has pleaded not guilty.

The ties to Canada were being downplayed in Ottawa.

Given the economic importance of Canada-U.S. border movement, the federal government is sensitive about the country’s interests being damaged by security concerns.

This country has been repeatedly, and erroneously, linked over the years to some of the 9-11 suspects and the Canadian government has aggressively combatted misinformation about terrorist ties.

Kenney addressed that general theme Friday.

“I think Canada has, frankly, had much less serious problems with terrorist-related security threats, home-grown terrorism than many other Western countries — including the United States,” Kenney said.

“Having said that, we can and must not be complacent.”

Initial reports, citing U.S. officials, said Abassi had travelled from Canada to the U.S. in mid-March, where he was arrested at JFK airport on April 22 — the same day Canadian authorities arrested Chibeb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, 35 of Toronto.

Prosecutors allege Abassi had “radicalized” Esseghaier, a Montreal resident who is one of two men charged with plotting to attack a Via Rail train.

They also say Abassi was pushing for a different plan that would contaminate the air or water with bacteria and kill up to 100,000 people.

Laval University in Quebec City held a brief news conference regarding its former student.

The event consisted of the university rector reading a 48-second statement in French, repeating it in English, and saying there would be no further comment.

He said Laval University is co-operating with authorities in the investigation.

“All we can do is express our surprise and assure the media, and the whole public, that we will collaborate with the authorities leading this investigation,” said Denis Briere, the university rector.

“As for Mr. Abassi’s identity, as with any request for information on a student at Universite Laval, we are held to confidentiality in personal information.”

He repeated in Canada’s other official language, then left.

Students were more voluble Friday. They chatted with reporters who visited the campus, where Abassi reportedly studied chemical engineering.

Some speculated about what might cause people to support terrorism.

“Radicalism results, in part, from the fact that these people are labelled and pushed into the margins,” said Marie Tardif-Drolet, a student in mechanical engineering.

“That contributes to radicalizing them and it’s not a good thing.”

A Moroccan-born civil engineering student blamed a pair of different factors: weak-minded people — and also U.S. foreign policy.

“Islam can, like any ideology, be a source of radicalism and sadly, these days, it’s Islam getting the attention,” said Mohamed Amine Alaoui, a civil-engineering student.

“But for me, as with any ideology, any weak individual can be manipulated. That doesn’t mean Islam is any more dangerous than any other ideology.”

He also blamed U.S. policies which he said fuelled “deep injustices” in the Middle East.

“You can’t ignore that aspect of the problem,” Alaoui said. “The United States is not fair in its approach there. And ill-advised, or impulsive, people will tend to develop that kind of (radical) reaction.”

Alaoui said news like this week’s is unwelcome by the Muslim community, which must live with the fallout. He said other members of the community try to show an example and demonstrate that they are integrating well into society and trying to do some good.

Tardif-Drolet agreed that it would be wrong to cast aspersions on all Muslims, Arabs and Persians.

-With files from Stephanie Levitz in Ottawa, and Alexandre Robillard, Patrice Bergeron and Martin Ouellet in Quebec City

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Terror suspect didn’t enter U.S. from Canada: feds

  1. Currently legislators in America are considering serious reforms to immigration laws,
    targeting countries where Islamic radicalism/jihadism managed to spread death
    and destruction. It will be senseless if legislators in the US and Canada do
    not strengthen at the same time existing “Hate Laws” and provide sweeping
    powers to law enforcement agencies to deport clerics who rely on verses from
    The Koran to radicalize young American/Canadian Muslims.

    Dehumanizing and demonizing American/Canadian infidels (Jews and Christians) is the first step used by radical Muslim clerics to incite and promote hatred in the minds
    of unsuspecting American/Canadian impressionable Muslim youngsters. Once the
    venoms of hatred destroy the rational faculties of young Muslim minds, radical
    clerics are convincing their targets that the criminal activities of killing
    innocents is nothing but a noble religious duty commanded by God and clearly
    revealed to prophet Mohammad who conveyed Allah’s will to his followers in the
    Noble Koran.

    Any cleric using the following verses in his Friday sermons, or any other gathering
    should be the subject of arrest for promoting hatred, and immediately processed
    for deportation if he was born in a foreign country. Please keep in mind that
    the following verses represent a small percentage of hundreds of verse spread
    all over The Koran, advocating violence against Christians and Jews.

    “ Know that we send down to the unbelievers (Jews and Christians) Devils who incite them to evil. Therefore have patience: their days are numbered”. Koran 19:87

    This verse is often chanted during the beheading rituals we often see on radical
    Islamic websites. For the pious Muslim beheading his defenceless hostage, it is
    an act of heroic proportion, because he is slaughtering the Devil incarnated in
    the human form of an Infidel.

    “ Satan has gained possession of The People of The Book (Jews and
    Christians) and caused them to forget Allah’s warnings. They are the
    confederates of Satan; Satan’s confederates shall assuredly be lost in hell.
    The Believers are the confederates of Allah (Hizbollah); and Allah’s
    confederates shall surely triumph”. Koran 58:19

    Another verse recited frequently in the background of beheading rituals, to reinforce the view that by slaughtering Christians and Jews, a pious Muslim is killing Satan not an innocent captive.

    “We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers (Jews and Christians). They serve other Gods for whom no sanction has been revealed. Hell shall be their home; dismal indeed is the dwelling place of the evil-doers”. Koran 3:149

    A verse often used by Wahhabist radicals to encourage Muslims to kill indiscriminately innocent children, women, and seniors attending a wedding or using the public transit system. After all Jews and Christians worship Gods that have not been sanctioned by the Allah of Islam, and they are all classified as evil-doers who shall perish in an earthly hell of Muslim design, make, and timing.

    “Do you fear the unbelievers (Jews and Christians)? Surely Allah is
    more worthy of your fear. If you are true believers make war on them; Allah
    will chastise them through you and humble them. He will grant you victory over
    them and heal the spirit of the faithful”. Koran 9:14

    A favourite passage of Hizbollah fighters in Lebanon, who scored with the help of Allah a victory against the mightiest army in The Middle East. Wahhabist preachers exploit this passage extensively to remind Muslim followers that Allah’s will for the believer is very clear; his or her primary religious duty should be to wage war on Jewish and Christian unbelievers, and thus impose on the “Kouffar” Allah’s agenda for the salvation of humanity.

    “Cast into hell every hardened unbeliever, every opponent from the people of the book (Jews and Christians), and every doubting transgressor who has set up another God besides Allah. Hurl him into the fierce tormenting flames of hell”. Koran 50:21

    Suicide bombers use this verse to argue that they were commaned by God to wage a war of terror against infidels, and justify the blowing up of their explosive charges on buses and in a variety of public places frequented by Jews and Christians. By becoming a “Shahid” (Arabic for martyr) and securing a place in Allah’s heavenly kingdom, the suicide bomber is hurling his victims (hardened unbelievers) into the fierce tormenting flames of hell-the inferno created by the explosion in a confined space.

    “Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews…” Koran 5:82

    “Believers, do not make friends with any men other than your own people. They will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say, but more violent is the hatred which their breasts conceal”.

    Koran 3:117

    Sergei Bourachaga