So does the Muslim community of Canada speak out against this mosque? Noooooo, they denounce the document describing the Montreal mosque as a terror hub, calling it “defamatory toward Muslims.”
SEE VIDEO HERE: CTV NEWS
CANADIAN PRESS –A mosque in Montreal has been ranked in the world’s top nine Al Qaeda recruiting zones and linked to a terror cell planning attacks on Los Angeles airport, new released documents claim. The WikiLeaks files, written by U.S. military chiefs, list the Al Sunnah Al Nabawiah mosque among nine houses of prayer worldwide considered as a place ‘Al Qaeda members were recruited, facilitated or trained’.
The newly leaked U.S. documents claim a Mauritanian terror suspect being held at Guantanamo Bay was the leader of a Montreal-based al-Qaida cell that planned terror attacks in the United States.
The secret documents, released by WikiLeaks on their website last weekend, also claim that members of al-Qaida were recruited and trained at Montreal’s Al Sunnah Al Nabawiah Mosque, where the terror suspect served briefly, possibly as an imam.
But the chairman of the Muslim Council of Montreal said the documents serve as an example of how the community’s institutions are unfairly targeted by authorities. (Why is it that evidence of terrorist activities is always called unfair targeting by Muslims?)
“Our allegations are certainly correct that we’ve been targeted and this is biased targeting,” Salam Elmenyawi said in an interview. “None of the information is based on evidence. It’s rather based on intelligence analysis and this analysis has certainly ignored any other facts that contradicted the conclusion.” (Yeah, Sure it did)
Elmenyawi said the documents defame the mosque and show a blatant bias against the Muslim community. (That’s funny, we consider your terrorist activities as biased against your host country)
Mohamedou Ould Salahi arrived in Montreal from Germany on Nov. 26, 1999, and served briefly at the mosque. He left Canada after CSIS and the RCMP began to question him about ties to Ahmed Ressam, the so-called “Millennium bomber” who planned to attack the Los Angeles airport.
According to the documents, Salahi met with Ressam four days after arriving in Montreal and had prior knowledge of the plot as well as contact with the extremists planning the attack. The documents also claim that
the 39-year-old electrical engineer recruited three of the hijackers involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and facilitated their training.
Elmenyawi said Salahi’s time at the mosque was brief during the busy Ramadan period and that nothing else is known about him. “I don’t know anything about him and no one in the mosque knows anything about him,” he said, adding it’s not even clear Salahi was an imam.(“I know nothing, I see nothing,” says Sgt. Shultz) The leaked documents say Salahi and a number of his associates met frequently at a Montreal safe house operated by a friend and former classmate Salahi met in Germany. The person was later arrested in Israel.
Salahi has tried unsuccessfully to obtain Canadian intelligence documents from interviews the RCMP conducted with him in 2000, which he says could corroborate his claim of abuse at the hands of his American captors.
The Supreme Court has refused to hear his case while the Federal Court of Canada ruled last year he is not entitled to the information because he is neither a Canadian citizen nor subject to legal proceedings in Canada.
He has been held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than seven years. An attempted prosecution was called off when questions arose about whether key evidence had been obtained by torture.
Several Montreal mosques have been brought to the attention of authorities since the late 1990s. The most notable of these is Al Sunnah Al Nabawiah, which intelligence officials have long maintained was used by a faction of North African jihadists.
Another Montreal mosque, Al-Qods, is also mentioned in the documents. It made headlines in 2007 when Canadian immigration officials deported its imam, Said Jaziri, for falsifying his refugee application. Jaziri, a Tunisian who came to Canada in 1997, gained noteriety for advocating Shariah law in Canada and organizing a large protest against cartoons of Muhammad published in a Danish magazine. He was detained in California earlier this year for trying to sneak into the U.S. in the trunk of a car.
One terrorism expert says the revelations in the documents are not surprising at all. “Canada for at least a decade has been considered a hub for North African Islamist terrorism,” said David Harris, a former chief of strategic planning for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
“Somebody has been trying to tell us something and we haven’t been very eager to listen. “We will eventually get the message. It’ll just be a bloody message when we do.”