Sunday, June 04, 2006

Alleged Canadian terror plot has worldwide links, or why we need the NSA Terrosrist Surveillance Program

Alleged Canadian terror plot has worldwide links

This week there have been two high profile anti-terror raids that occured with-in hours of each other. One in Toronto, the other in London. The newspapers and blogs have been all over these stories so I am not going to go into a lot of detail about them, but apparently young Islamic radical, mostly raised in the host countries were planning attacks and were arrested. My point is a careful reading of the articles show why the NSA Terrorsist Surveillance Program is necessary:

The six-month RCMP investigation, called Project OSage, is one of several overlapping probes that include an FBI case called Operation Northern Exposure and a British probe known as Operation Mazhar.

The Toronto busts are linked to arrests that began last August at a Canadian border post near Niagara Falls and continued in October in Sarajevo, London and Scandinavia, and earlier this year in New York and Georgia.

The FBI confirmed Saturday the arrests were related to the recent indictments in the U.S. of Ehsanul Sadequee and Syed Ahmed, who are accused of meeting with extremists in Toronto last March to discuss terrorist training and plots.

The intricate web of connections between Toronto, London, Atlanta, Sarajevo, Dhaka, and elsewhere illustrates the challenge confronting counter-terrorism investigators almost five years after 9/11.

Linking the international probes are online communications, phone calls and in particular videotapes that authorities allege show some of the targets the young extremists considered blowing up.

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