Multiculturalism in Canada

RCMP & CSIS Tracking 60 Muslims Who Returned From Syria & Iraq – But Greatest Danger Posed By Those Who Never Left

Spy agencies see sharp rise in number of Canadians involved in terrorist activities abroad

Canada’s spy agencies have tracked 180 Canadians who are engaged with terrorist organizations abroad, while another 60 have returned home.

The latest figures mark a significant increase from the findings of the 2014 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Can-ada, which identified about 130 people involved in terror-related activities overseas, including 30 taking an active role with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and the Nusra Front in Syria.

“The total number of people overseas involved in threat related activities – and I’m not just talking about Iraq and Syria – is probably around 180,” Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michel Coulombe told The Globe and Mail after testifying before the House of Commons public safety committee. “In Iraq and Syria, we are probably talking close to 100.”

These people are involved in various activities, including direct combat, training, fundraising to support attacks, promoting radical views and planning terrorist violence.

Mr. Coulombe said about 60 suspected foreign fighters have returned to Canada, although he stressed the numbers keep changing almost daily.

The CSIS director said the greatest danger to this country remains terror suspects who have not managed to leave Canada.

“By talking about the number of people who are overseas, we are not thinking about people who are either prevented from travelling or have no intention of travelling but are here in Canada and are actually involved in threat-related activities,” he said.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Canadian security agencies are keeping careful tabs on the 60 people who have returned home, even if they do not have enough evidence to charge them with terrorist activities.

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  • Funny but here’s the rest of the article.

    “By talking about the number of people who are overseas, we are not thinking about people who are either prevented from travelling or have no intention of travelling but are here in Canada and are actually involved in threat-related activities,” he said.

    RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Canadian security agencies are keeping careful tabs on the 60 people who have returned home, even if they do not have enough evidence to charge them with terrorist activities.

    “So we have people coming back to Canada. We will make sure they are interviewed and assessed objectively,” Mr. Paulson said. “We will look at those people in the ops centre and say, ‘Okay, what have we got? What do we know,’ and in some cases, we have to be on them 24/7.”

    Mr. Coulombe told MPs on the committee that CSIS has already used its new disruptive-activities authority under Bill C-51, the controversial anti-terrorism law enacted by the former Conservative government. This power allows CSIS to disable a mobile device, halt financial transactions or talk to someone who might be susceptible to engaging in terrorist acts.

    Another part of Bill C-51, which the Liberal government is promising to review, gives the spy agency the ability to ask a judge for permission to contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Mr. Coulombe said the agency has not had to use that power.

    Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is moving rapidly to set up a new national Office of Counter-Radicalization within his department to work with communities and security agencies to turn young people away from extremism.

    Mr. Goodale said the new office will use intelligence from its Five Eyes spying partners – the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand – and the latest research on radicalization, including what municipalities across the country have accomplished in working with local communities and families to intervene before anyone is lured into joining extremist organizations.

    “Some of the programs that have been developed by the city police force in Calgary and by the city of Montreal are very promising projects at how you identify the causes of radicalization, how you identify the people who will be the most vulnerable, how you can intervene in the right way at the right time to head off tragedy before it happens,” Mr. Goodale said on Sunday.

    • The title of that article should accurately read:

      “Spy agencies see sharp rise in number of Canadians involved in ISLAMIC terrorist activities abroad”

      They are still not using the words “Islam” or “Muslim” in reference to terrorism, and they appear no where in the article (although “Islamic State” is mentioned once out of necessity in reference to Iraq and Syria, it is as if it were a separate phenomenon).

  • Gary

    The RCMP and CSIS were the ones that told us after 2 of our soldiers were murdered by muslims that they were watching them.
    We don’t want to tot WATCH them , we want them jailed or deported prior to them murdering us as a favour to allah.

    • Our intelligence agencies are watching some 180 people. In the U.S. they are watching some 10,000 potential Muslim terrorists. Canada should be watching at least 1,000 (taking into account the per capita/pop. difference).

  • k1962

    And now we can add a quick 25,000 to the number of potential jihad joiners. Aren’t we smart :/

    • Petrilia

      Maybe Trump will take pity on Trudeau but I highly doubt it. Trump says he can take a stupid person and change him in a few minutes. I’dbe happy to let him have the young stupid Trudeau for a morning. Canadian dunderheadsvoted in this vacuous nothing. Trump could teach him business . And maybe how to be aMAN.

  • Petrilia

    Sound like me dear old auntie said they don’t know their assfrom their elbow,. When Trump is President, they might have to wake up and decide. Too bad they have the boy Trudeau. Trump will make mincemeat of him in 30 seconds. Very bad for we Canadians.

    • Somebody like Trump might be the only hope for Canadians. Can you imagine if the Dems are re-elected? All of North America will be under fascist Marxist Governments of some radical shade or another, who are sympathetic to Islamism.

  • The Government has no right preventing people from leaving the country, even if they are potential terrorists going to fight for ISIS. Unless they are minors, or they already have criminal convictions that would stipulate something like that.

    We don’t know how the Liberals will abuse this sort of power to target law-abiding citizens who are simply at odds with their radical Left ideology. A sovereign Nation has the right to prevent people from entering, but not the right to prevent people from leaving. That sort of thing only occurs under dictatorships.

  • Tokenn

    All this effort is so much more effective than simply stripping traitors of their citizenship and preventing them from reentering the country…and jailing them if they sneak back in.