Canadian Spy Agency Says Domestic Terror Cells Pose Threat

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) says that the biggest security risk facing Canadians today is homegrown terrorism, like that masterminded by Toronto 18, a group charged in 2006 for planning a terrorist attack against Canada as a payback for the country’s military involvement in Afghanistan.

Canada, like the U.S., has opened its doors to many immigrants over the years, and CSIS Director Richard Fadden says that his spy agency’s most pressing concern is the peril of second and third generation Canadians who have become radical, adopting fanatic and extreme views. Despite seeming to fit well into the social and economic fabric of Canadian life, some, as is the case in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, have “become appallingly disenchanted with the way we want to structure our society.”

Fadden spoke to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, May 11, saying that “For one reason or another they develop connections with their former homeland, they become very, very disenchanted and they are led to contemplate doing violence.”

No question as to which brand of 2nd and 3rd generation Canadian Mr. Fadden is singling out here, and he confirmed by continuing, “They reject the rule of law, they want to impose Sharia law.”

The CSIS is currently investigating several groups like the Toronto 18, people who have been in Canada for a while, who are ostensibly Canadian, but choose to rebel violently against what the country stands for. Toronto 18, for example, was planning to use three 1-ton truck bombs to blow up the Toronto Stock Exchange, the CSIS offices on Front Street and a military base off Highway 401.

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