‘Rediscovery’ of homegrown terrorism

In 1998, then-Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Ward Elcock told our Parliament, “With perhaps the singular exception of the United States, there are more international terrorist groups active [in Canada] than any other country.”

Elcock noted that 50 terrorist groups, with “sleeper cells” in Canada, were being investigated. This included organizations such as al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.

CSIS went further in a 2000 report about international terrorism. These sleeper cells had shifted from “support roles, such as fundraising and [weapons] procurement,” into the stage of “planning and preparing terrorist acts.”

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