Fact: terrorists walk among us.
According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Hizballah, Hamas, Al Jihad, the Irish Republican Army, Tamil Tigers, Kurdistan Workers Party and a number of other Shiite, Sunni and Sikh terrorist organizations are known to have active terrorist cells in Canada. It is also suspected that groups connected to the International Islamic Jihad and Al Qaida are active in Canada.
With a few notable exceptions, Canadian terrorist cells have primarily been involved in fund raising and acting as a staging ground for attacks against countries like the U.S., U.K., India and Israel.
However, as countries like the U.S. and U.K. crack down on terrorist activities and reduce the number of soft targets,” the chances of a major attack on Canadian soil increases.
Our open, inclusive, multicultural society makes us an easy place for terrorists to operate. Our close ties to prime targets such as the U.S. and Europe make us an ideal choice.
Best of all for extremist groups, the Air India bombing trial has shown that Canada has a poor track record of catching and prosecuting terrorists.
It is not a question of if terrorists will attempt a major attack in Canada, it is just a matter of when and where. When the attack comes, even if it is not aimed at killing Canadians, it could be any one of us who pays the price.
Even though our leaders have chosen to deny it, Canada is locked in a deadly cold war. Wire taps, spy satellites and suicide bombers will be the weapons used to fight the next world war.
In this fight against terrorism, Canada has shown up wearing a blindfold and carrying a water gun.
Our intelligence agencies lack the manpower, funding and mandate to effectively intercept, engage and destroy threats to national security inside or outside our borders.
CSIS is prohibited from spying on or in foreign countries, making us one of the very few countries which don’t actively spy on their neighbours. This politically correct stance has certainly not stopped foreign spies – including some of our so-called allies – from operating in Canada. It is time for Canada to take terrorism seriously, and having half an intelligence service is just not good enough.
– Arthur Williams