Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Harper government asleep at the switch ..... again!

Good Day Readers:

Canadian taxpaying voters should be very, very concerned about this story. Here's why:

(1) The first indication Canadians were being successfully recruited by extremist terrorist groups came during April of 2013 when veteran CBC Foreign Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault broke the story as many as 4 high school students (London, Ontario) were fighting in Algeria to take control of a gas plant facility

(2) Where were the RCMP, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and CSEC (Communications Security Establishment of Canada) in it's spanking new $1 billion headquarters building?

(3) How many have successfully "slipped" back into the country? Remember they now have weapons and explosives experience. Would you like one as your neighbour?

(4) How effective are Canadian ports of entry identifying terrorists coming or going?

(5) How many of these new wave Canadian home grown terrorists have been prosecuted under The Anti-Terrorist Act (an amalgam of the Amended Criminal Code/Official Secrets Act/Canada Evidence Act/plus a collection of other Acts). Dare we say none?

(6) Now for the really scary part. Your government estimates there are about 130 such home grown Canadian terrorists fighting in conflicts throughout the world. Adrienne Arsenault who has extensively studied the situation estimates 200-250 likely closely to 200 than 250. The Americans? Approximately 500

You should be worried you should be very worried!

Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk
U S journalists Theo Curtis, Matt Schrier held hostage by Canadians in Syria

At least 3 Canadians took part in forcing hostages to hand over computer passwords and PINs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A member of Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra mans a checkpoint on the border crossing between Syria and Jordan. CBC has confirmed at least three Canadian members of the militant group were directly involved in the detention and interrogation of U S journalists Theo Curtis and Matt Schrier. (Ammar Khassawneh/Reuters)



At least three Canadians who joined an al-Qaeda-linked militant group in Syria were directly involved in the holding and harsh interrogation of two U.S. journalists in the region, CBC News has confirmed.

Sources say the Canadians, whose identities aren't known by CBC, took part in the imprisonment of Theo Curtis and Matt Schrier, who were held in captivity together between 2011 and 2013.

Curtis was released by al-Qaeda affiliate group Jabhat al-Nusra last month, while Schrier escaped last year. Both men are still recovering and haven't yet fully detailed what happened in their years in captivity.

Theo Curtis one of two journalists held and interrogated by Jabhat al-Nusra was released from captivity last month. He later spoke to reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

The Canadian captors reportedly forced the hostages to hand over their computer passwords and PINs, draining their accounts. They then callously wrote letters and emails to the journalists' families pretending to be the men, and then set about going after their credit cards and racking them up, buying electronics and computers on eBay, according to the sources.

Those Canadians are believed to be alive and still at it - and their ranks seem to be swelling.

For the better part of a year, the Canadian government spoke of 130 being the rough number of Canadians fighting overseas with extremist groups, largely in Syria. That number is now thought to be vastly underestimating the total number.

From CBC's investigations, it now appears that the 200 to 300 range is more accurate.

There has been a recent upsurge in the recruitment of foreign fighters, the bulk heading to the murderous clutches of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State.

With files from Adrienne Arsenault

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