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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Terrorists walk among us

Mohammad Momin Khawaja, a young computer programmer from an Ottawa suburb, has been convicted of five terrorism related charges.

Khawaja was arrested on March 29, 2004 at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, where he worked on contract. He was the first Canadian to be charged under our country’s Anti-terrorism Act. This represents the government’s first major terrorism conviction since 9/11.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Douglas Rutherford ruled that Khawaja was part of a terrorist group of Islamist extremists who wanted to bomb targets in Britain. Five British Muslims were convicted last year in the foiled bomb plot and are now serving lengthy prison sentences.

This case was considered a test of our Anti-terrorism Act, which expanded the application of the Criminal Code to a wide range of terrorism-related activities following 9/11. And the fact that the Act stood up in court should provide some measure of comfort to those of us who believe Islamist extremism continues to be a serious threat to our country.

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  1. He worked at the dept of foreign affairs?

    With access to what, exactly?

    Jesus Christ, is it too much to ask of our leftist slanted civil service to ask for and get competent security background checks on people?

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  2. A security background is useless if the person has no record. There are many very dangerous people that have never been arrested. The new technology being developed to scan vital signs (etc) sounds very promising. For those of us with nothing to hide I see no problem with the "invasion" of privacy. Gone is the world where we can think evil happens everywhere else.

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