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Terrorism threat surfaces north of the border

Items seized by police are shown on display during a press conference in Toronto, Saturday, June 3, 2006. Canadian authorities said Saturday they had foiled plans for terrorist attacks in southern Ontario with the arrests of people who were ‘inspired by al-Qaida.’ (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)

Michael Stickings of The Reaction has been commenting and monitoring the situation in his country, where anti-terrorism raids have occurred in Toronto. He emailed me that he’s just a few miles from the Pickering, Ontario police station that has been turned into a “fortress” as a result, saying “Our troops are in Afghanistan. The war on terror has come to Canada.”

You can read his posts (1, 2, 3, 4) on the situation as it unfolds.

This is not child’s play. From a Canadian Press article on Saturday:

A series of terrorist attacks plotted against unspecified targets in southern Ontario were “inspired by al-Qaida,” a CSIS official said Saturday, adding that the ring of suspects arrested posed a “real and serious” threat.

Three tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a commonly used fertilizer used to make explosives, were recovered by police, who say that’s three times the amount used in the bombing of a government building in Oklahoma that killed 168 people.

“It was their intent to use it for a terrorist attack,” RCMP assistant commissioner Mike McDonell told a news conference.

“If I can put this in context for you, the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people was completed with only one tonne of ammonium nitrate.”

…Toronto Mayor David Miller said he was told by Police Chief Bill Blair several months ago that a suspected homegrown terror cell was being investigated.

Remember folks, my post a few weeks ago about the lame situation regarding border security with Canada, which was documented on Anderson Cooper 360: 24 Hours on the Border. Many points along the massive border have crossings that are a joke, including a checkpoint that relies on the honor system for travelers to check in with the border police by holding your passport up to a videophone.

Instead of fixating solely on the “brown menace” coming from the south, perhaps the Freepers and Dear Leader might deign to take a look at the gravity of the porous nature of the border with Canada, given this new bit of news. All a few terrorists have to do is load up a few knapsacks, fill a truck and drive to a remote section of Canada and cruise right over into the States.

‘m sure Dear Leader has a plan and he’s just not alerted us about it — trust him.

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