Archive for the ‘Domestic terrorism’ Category
Attacks on CF in Canada
- Patrice Vincent, R.I.P. “The family of the soldier who was killed in a hit-and-run in Quebec has reached out with a message of sympathy to the relatives of the suspected radical Islamist who struck him …. – “Les funérailles de l’adjudant Vincent auront lieu le 1er novembre à Longueuil”
- Nathan Cirillo, R.I.P. “Vigils on Highway of Heroes outlive Afghanistan mission”
- “Cold Lake mosque vandalized with words ‘Go Home’ “ – “Alberta city comes together to clean up vandalized mosque” – “Town rallies around vandalized Cold Lake Mosque” – more
- “Members of Canada’s National Defence staff and Canadian Armed Forces are being asked to remove any reference to their employment on social media profiles, “especially photographs of military personnel in uniform.” The Canadian Forces Counter Intelligence Unit – Western Region issued a new directive regarding social media practices to soldiers and staff on Friday ….” – “Military gets new social media policy in wake of attacks”
- “For Imam Mohamad Jebara, it’s personal. He looks at his brother, Maher. “This brother of mine could have been killed,” he said Friday shortly before leading prayers at an east-end worship room. “He is the same rank and the same age. The person killed could have been a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu. He could have been anything ….”
- “Sergeant-at-arms made daring dive to take down gunman: report”
- “Parliament Hill again open to the public; tours to resume next week” – “Visitors flock to reopened Parliament Hill“
- “House of Commons calls in counsellors”
- Commentary “We got off relatively lightly this time” – “Did one man’s attack on Parliament really change Canada ‘forever’?” – “Can we talk about the causes of terrorism?”
- “Online hate speech could be curtailed under new anti-terror push — In the wake of this week’s attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, the Conservative government is poised to bring in new laws to crack down on pro-ISIS sentiments like those posted to Quebec assailant Martin Couture-Rouleau’s Facebook page, CBC News has learned ….” – “Harper government hints at tougher anti-terror laws”
- “Another Canadian jihadi slips through the cracks — Yet another young Canadian has managed to get away to Syria to fulfil his aim of waging jihad and has boasted of his exploits online, an investigation by Radio-Canada’s program Enquête has found ….”
- Commentary “Our laws are up to the homegrown terror threat”
- “14 Wing Greenwood: Two Auroras heading to Middle East” – “14 Wing Greenwood planes leave to join ISIS fight” – more
- “Aéronefs et personnel supplémentaires partent dans le cadre de l’opération Impact”
- “PTSD linked to soldier’s three suicide attempts”
- A reminder: Under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “any person charged with an offence has the right …. to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.” “Canadian Forces training instructor now facing assault charges for allegedly mistreating military recruits — A Canadian Forces instructor who is alleged to have mistreated two military recruits is now facing five charges, including assault ….” – From the accuser’s lawyer: “CFB St-Jean recruit instructor charged for assault on recruits”
- “Labrador hosts biggest NORAD training exercise since Cold War — Happy-Valley-Goose Bay is hosting the annual operation, which involves air force troops training together to defend the north in the face of possible threats ….” – “NORAD exercise continues at Goose Bay despite shooting in Ottawa this week”
Here, I worried about the worst in Canadians coming out following the attacks that killed two Canadian Forces members.
This is NOT what Canada and Canadians are ….
THIS is what Canada is and Canadians are …
These are neighbours & non-members of the mosque helping clean up.
Well done everyone!
Attacks on CF in Canada
- “What we still don’t know three days later”
- “Fund 4 (Warrant) Officer P Vincent & Cpl N Cirillo” at Indiegogo
- “Body of Slain (Soldier), Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, Escorted on Highway of Heroes” – “Thousands line streets as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo goes home” – “Cpl. Cirillo makes final journey along the Highway of Heroes”
- “Statement by the Minister of National Defence Regarding the death of Corporal Cirillo”
- From Canada’s CDS: “Just as we remain steadfast in our commitment to defending Canadians and Canadian interests, we remain undeterred in paying tribute to this nation’s fallen, including Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. Today, in their honour, and in honour of those who have so bravely served before them, I gave the order for members of the Canadian Armed Forces to continue to stand-to at their posts as part of the National Sentry Program ….” – From the Defence Minister “…. Today, I am pleased to announce that the National Sentry Program will resume following its suspension after the tragic events on the morning of October 22. Prime Minister Harper and Chief of Defense Staff Lawson were on-hand today for the return of the sentries in Ottawa. Canadian Armed Forces members will continue to vigilantly stand-to in the name of all those who have fallen on behalf of our country ….” – “National War Memorial Honour Guard Resumes Post As Stephen Harper Looks On” – more
- “Military assesses future of ceremonial guards at War Memorial — Canada’s military forces are trying to determine when to resume posting soldiers at Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa, the chief of defence staff said Thursday, a day after the fatal shooting of a young reservist ….”
- “Cadet and Ranger activities put on hold across Canada”
- “First photo of Ottawa gunman taken by tourist who witnessed shooting at National War Memorial, sources say — When the photo was first published, the general public assumed it was staged jihadi propaganda, meant to be released to take responsibility for the terror attack ….”
- “Ottawa gunman hit by several volleys from security forces before fatal shot”
- “Ottawa shooting: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted Libyan passport” – “Ottawa Attacker Applied to Renew Libyan Passport” – “Michael Zehaf-Bibeau a crack addict who tried to rob McDonald’s so he could go clean in jail, records show” – – -
- “Jihadists celebrated attacks on Canadian military men as dead soldier memorialized — Jihadists lauded the attacks in Canada that took the lives of two soldiers, posting celebratory wishes on Twitter and encouraging more destruction ….” – “Michael Zehaf-Bibeau read jihadists Twitter posts — The two were not necessarily communicating directly with one other, but Zehaf-Bibeau was reading the repeated online incitement that Al-Kanadi posted on Twitter ….” – “Canada killings followed advice from al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadist guidebook — While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group to the letter….” -
- “(Burnaby, B.C.) mosque taking steps to prevent extremism” – “Burnaby mosque receives threats” – “Michael Zehaf Bibeau’s Radicalization Not At B.C. Mosque: Muslim Association” – “Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was asked to leave Burnaby, B.C., mosque” – “Burnaby Mosque deplores two terror suspects linked to its house of worship”
- “Mosque vandalized in Cold Lake, Alberta” – From Canada’s multiculturalism minister: “Earlier today vandals spray painted the Cold Lake Mosque in Cold Lake, Alberta with hate messages. This cowardly act is unacceptable and has no place in Canada. Canada is a strong, peaceful, pluralistic nation, and Canadians will not stand for crimes of intolerance and bigotry against anyone. As Minister for Multiculturalism, I call on Canadians to firmly reject this and any other cowardly expressions of hatred against Canadians of any faith.”
- “Ottawa shootings: No Islamic State link found — Canada’s foreign minister tells the BBC there is no evidence so far that the man behind gun attacks in Ottawa was linked to Middle Eastern jihadists ….” – “Terror attack chatter but no specific threat”
- “Cousin of dead soldier demands government ‘wake up’ to terror threat”
- “Harper government wants to make terror arrests easier” – “Canada considers ‘preventative detention’ in wake of Ottawa attack”
- Commentary/analysis “The lone wolf: Is it ideology or pathology?” – “Tougher laws are not the only way to stop radicalization” - “Canada must be careful when trading liberties for security” – “Ottawa Attacks: What We Must Do—and Not Do—in Response” – “Terrorists don’t have a chance in this country” - “What Canada can learn from (slain U.K. soldier) Lee Rigby’s murder” – “Don’t be afraid to name radicalized adherents” -
- “Poppy campaign to go ahead despite attacks” - “For Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and WO Patrice Vincent, wear your poppies early”
- “Ottawa Senators Ask Fans To Wear Red In Support Of Military — The Ottawa Senators are planning a special ceremony prior to Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils in light of Wednesday’s tragic events ….”
- More of the latest here
- “Fighter planes to fly out of Greenwood and join coalition in Iraq — Military planes and Armed Forces personnel left 14 Wing Greenwood on Friday as part of Canada’s involvement in a coalition of nations fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ….”
- “Anti-IS Airstrike Coalition to Hold Conference in Kuwait: US State Department”
- Institute for the Study of War “Iraq Updates 23-24 Oct 14“
- “Kobani less at risk but could still fall” – “Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq”
- “Islamic State among world’s richest militant groups: US”
Way Up North
- “Harper Government Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Canada’s Arctic Research Potential”
- “NTCL barge loaded with diesel adrift in Beaufort Sea”
- “A 31-year-old former diagnostic imaging technician of the Ottawa Hospital who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for two terrorism charges “owes a debt of gratitude to CSIS and the RCMP,” a Superior Court judge said Thursday ….” – More on Misbahuddin Ahmed conviction
- “White poppy campaign pushes for peace”
- “Cornwall family receives ribbon honouring Korean veteran”
- If you only read ONE thing on this post …. “‘You are so loved': Ottawa lawyer describes trying to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo”
- “Nathan Cirillo will have a full military funeral in Hamilton, likely on Tuesday, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders say ….” – “Cpl. Nathan Cirillo will have full regimental funeral in Hamilton” – “Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and his best friend from Hamilton, Ont., were standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa because they “earned it” by being good soldiers, a member of their regiment said Thursday. And when a gunman fired point-blank at Cpl. Cirillo, his friend, Cpl. Branden Stevenson, continued being a good soldier ….” - “Nurse Margaret Lerhe tried to save Nathan Cirillo” –
- “How events unfolded” – “Ottawa shooter’s movements tracked in RCMP video” – “Ottawa gunman’s mad charge took less than 90 seconds” – “Video of Zehaf-Bibeau attack released”
- “As Ottawa shooting broke out, Stephen Harper hid in a closet, unknown to his own caucus in the same room” – “MPs fashioned spears out of flag poles after hearing shots”
- “Shooter not among 90 being probed, RCMP say” – “Suspected killer in Ottawa shootings had a disturbing side” – “Canada’s police reveal Zehaf-Bibeau: acted alone, delayed passport application possible motive, had radical links” – “Ottawa shooter attempted to rob McDonald’s with pointed stick” - “Suspected killer in Ottawa shootings had religious awakening” – “Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted to travel to Syria” – “Ottawa gunman smoked crack on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, says shelter resident”
- “Susan Bibeau, Mother Of Suspected Gunman, Says She Is Crying For The Victims” – “Ottawa Shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s Mom: ‘I Am Mad At Our Son’ “ – “Susan Bibeau: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know” - “The unique anguish of a terrorist’s mother”
- “Canadian Muslim groups denounce violence, brace for backlash following Ottawa shooting” – “Canadian Muslim group calls Ottawa attacks ‘repulsive’ “ – Statement: “Canadian Muslims stand united with fellow citizens in condemning Ottawa attacks” – “In wake of Ottawa shootings, Police Chiefs send letters to Muslim leaders inviting Muslims to contact them if they fear “backlash” “
- “Factbox: Canadian links to militant plots or attacks”
- PM Statement (YouTube – includes standing ovation for Sergeant at Arms): “Canada will never yield to terrorism, & neither will the House of Commons. We carry on.”
- Commentary MILNEWS.ca’s “Canada, Let’s Do It Right” – “Attack in Ottawa cannot silence voice of the people” – “Canadian Muslims have a role to play in defeating ISIS ideology” – “Canada is not immune from Islamist terrorism” – “Security and freedom must always be balanced” - “In aftermath of Quebec terror, let’s see to all our lines of defence”
- Alternative/conspiracy theory commentary “Canada’s Attacks Were Predictable – Western Security Agencies are Prime Suspects” – “Gunmen in Ottawa : Questioning Canadian militarism” – “…. What is being treated as Canada’s 9/11 is a day that recalls the comments made half a century ago by the great Malcolm X, who commented that the assassination of President Kennedy was a case of “chickens coming home to roost,” a result of a “climate of hate” fostered by a U.S. political and corporate establishment regularly overthrowing governments and assassinating (or plotting against) a variety of leaders from Patrice Lumumba to Fidel Castro ….” - “Soldiers are legitimate targets.
- “Patrice Vincent, soldier killed in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, was close to retirement”
- “‘No indication’ radicalized Quebec man was violent, lawyer says”
Way Up North
- “CF-188s scrambled in Lithuania to intercept a Russian Il-20″ – “NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea”
- “Best law enforcement, military snipers in world to compete in conference in Gastonia (North Carolina) — Teams from 13 states and Canada are looking to improve their skills and capture honors during a competition in North Carolina ….”
- “Omar Khadr wins right to sue federal government for conspiring with U.S.” – “The Education of Omar Khadr”
I’m not one to editorialize much. Still, I’m still coming to terms with the past couple of days, and felt a need to write something down.
“Shock” is a bit too strong a word, as is “overwhelmed”, but I do feel like I’m recovering from a serious psychic blow.
I’m saddened by the deaths of two Canadian soldiers in the past week. I can only thank the families for the service and sacrifice of their loved ones, share my condolences and prayers, and hope the families can eventually heal (although they say you never really fully “heal” from such a loss, you just manage to cope better with it).
I wonder what was going through the minds of the perpetrators – what would make them hate so, so fiercely that they’d want to kill with no regard for their own lives and safety. In one of the cases that we know of, family and others tried getting help, but to no avail. I agree with someone wiser than me on this one: without minimizing the horror of the most recent acts, it appears we may be dealing with people with various mental demons or pressures, locking onto the narrowest, harshest ideologies of people peddling their brand of Islam as a solution or escape. Those selling the extremist, West-hating brand of Islam bear their share of responsibility, but if there’s no help for the demons driving some to these jihad peddlars, the door remains open.
Part of me is thinking “good riddance to bad rubbish”, but at the same time, part of me is also thinking (naively?) “there’s GOT to be a better way to keep people from killing other people.”
Canada will never be the same again. No more easy access to the halls of power in Ottawa. No more wide-open doors and gates at military bases. One hopes no more (essentially) unarmed guards at the War Memorial.
Beyond that, brace yourself for calls for even harsher measures.
While I’m generally a “give folks a chance” kind of guy, a part of me is now saying, “if people are being watched because they went or wanted to go fight with Canada’s enemies, lock ‘em up until we can figure out a way to make everyone safe.” Yes, I know all about the need for the rule of law, the presumption of innocence, the thin edge of the wedge and all that. In spite of that, though, I’m becoming more comfortable with the idea of detaining less than 100 people in Canada who may be a risk to other Canadians based on security-agency-tracked behaviours. I’ll never be 100% comfortable with “preventitive detention”, but as I type this, it sounds better to me than it might have a week ago. Not in a forever-Guantanamo-like limbo, like some are suggesting, but long enough to figure out what to do. Some point to internment camps as not being the answer, and that’s true, given the “lock ‘em ALL up based on nationality” approach. You can also look at England’s experience during The Troubles, though, where temporary, short-term preventative detention schemes worked in a liberal democracy fighting terrorist attacks.
Another worry I have: the atmosphere of panic leading to poor policy decisions. Politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, are known for doing something to respond to a problem without solving the problem in question. I have no ideas on the larger issues of managing internal security threats in a very different world from that of the World Wars and even the Cold War. I leave that to (hopefully) greater minds than mine, with the hope that they get it right without “taking counsel in our fears.”
Finally, I truly hope that we don’t paint all Muslims with too broad a brush just because of the visibility and influence of the few, but far-reaching, jihad peddlars out there selling, to the best of my understanding, their diseased interpretations to the vulnerable. At times like these, it’s not unheard of for some to think the diseased faction speaks for all, and treat the non-diseased members as if they’re at fault. I like to think we’re bigger than that.
As I said before, Canada will never be the same again. Let’s keep Canada safe, but let’s do it right.
“…. our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.
Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.
That sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society.
Likewise, our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired terrorist.
Tonight we also pray for the speedy recovery of the others injured in these despicable attacks ….”
“NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement:
“This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.
As we seek to comprehend the enormity of this event, Canada stands united in grief and in resolute determination that we will not give in to fear. May we give strength to each other at this difficult time.
The leader of the Official Opposition has spoken to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and will be issuing a statement later.” “
And this, in part, from Liberal leader Justin Trudeau:
“…. This attack is unforgivable. Should any other perpetrators or co-conspirators exist, they must be caught and be punished to the full force of our laws. I’ve extended an offer of full support to the government, along with any assistance members of our Party can provide at this time.
My thoughts and prayers, along with those of my colleagues, go out to the family and friends of the victims of today’s horrific shooting, including Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo, who was standing dutifully, guarding one of our nation’s most sacred monuments.
Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel today over his loss.
To the brave women and men who rushed to the scene to confront the shooter, and help keep us safe, I can say only thank you. Thank you for your selfless courage and your professionalism in a time of crisis.
In the days that follow, there will be questions, anger, and perhaps confusion. This is natural, but we cannot let it get the better of us. Losing ourselves to fear and speculation is the intention of those who commit these heinous acts.
They mean to shake us. We will remain resolved ….”
More of the latest news here.
- The fallen: Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, R.I.P.
- The shooter: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau – more here, here and here
- The shooter’s shooter: House of Commons Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers
- What some pro-jihadis are saying about the shooting on Twitter (CAVEAT: Don’t click on these unless you’re prepare to see mockery in English) here, here, here, here and here
- What foreign leaders are saying: U.S. National Security Council “POTUS expressed to PM Harper the American people’s solidarity with #Canada in the wake of attacks on Canadian Forces …. POTUS condemned the outrageous attacks, and reaffirmed the close friendship and alliance between the American and #Canadian people …. The President offered PM Harper any assistance #Canada needed in responding to these attacks” – UK PM David Cameron – Australia PM Tony Abbott – Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Some info from Ottawa police: “The Ottawa Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) responded to reports of shooting incidents this morning in the downtown area. Police can now confirm that incidents occurred at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill. Contrary to earlier reports no incident occurred near the Rideau Centre. One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. Next of kin notification is underway and as such, the victim’s identification will not be released. One male suspect has also been confirmed deceased. There is no further update on injuries at this time. This is an ongoing joint police operation and there is no one in custody at this time ….”
- A few overview stories: Ottawa Citizen – Globe & Mail – CBC.ca – Toronto Sun – Toronto Star – The Canadian Press
- Foreign media coverage: BBC – New York Times – National Public Radio (U.S.) – Associated Press – Reuters – Agence France-Presse – Aljazeera – Deutsche Welle