Canada’s spy agency is eyeing the threat of a homegrown anti-Islam movement spreading online.
HUFFPO-Canada The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) flagged well-known warnings of the persistent menace posed by terrorist groups al-Qaida, Hezbollah and the more violent and radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, say notes obtained through the Access to Information Act.
But under the heading Domestic Extremism, the spy service also underscored what might be the flip side of that coin — the recent development “of a Canadian online anti-Islam movement, similar to ones in Europe like PEGIDA.” CSIS characterized it as an “ongoing risk, particularly as its proponents advocate violence.” (NO, they don’t, unless you consider the anti-Islam rally below to be violent)
The Sept. 18 briefing for Blaney’s office came a little more than a month before several soldiers were killed in Canadian attacks just two days apart — murders committed by young Muslim men that authorities say were motivated by Islam. Shortly after the killings, there was vandalism of mosques in Ottawa and Cold Lake, Alta., threats against the B.C. Muslim Association, and a general increase in reports of public bullying and harassment of Muslims.
However, CSIS is likely more interested in the kind of anti-(MUSLIM) immigrant, anti-Islam sentiment that has taken root in some parts of northern Europe, even among the middle class, said Lorne Dawson, a University of Waterloo sociology professor and co-director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.
“They’re just not used to dealing with immigrants at all, let alone immigrants that are quite different,” Dawson said of Europe. “We have a much longer track record of immigration in general — waves and waves of immigrants that have come for decades.” (NOT true. They welcome all immigrants but not Muslim hordes who are coming in to leech off the welfare system, spread Islam, increase crime, rape women, and replace the native culture with Islamic laws)
“In Europe, it tends to attract violent individuals. So if (there’s) any chance it’s starting to take wings in Canada, then you can see why they’re concerned,” he said. “I suspect they’re just seeking due diligence to be on top of this at the earliest possible moment in light of Breivik.” (There has been NO violence at any anti-Islamization rallies in Europe)
A simple online search quickly turns up websites with Canadian domain addresses spouting anti-Islamic invective. The government’s anti-terrorism bill, to be scrutinized at a Commons committee starting next week, would give the RCMP power to seek a judge’s order to remove extremist propaganda from websites.
CSIS faces a challenging investigative environment in which the rapid movement of people and modern communications technology has “extended the reach” of those who pose a threat and has increased the ease and speed with which they can act, the notes add. (Go after the real terrorists – Muslims – not the people who hate their violent ideology)