US military group sees Canada Muslims as potential security threat
February 22, 2009 4 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS| intelNews.org |
For the past two months, I have been reporting that the US intelligence community sees the radical fringe in Britain’s Muslim community as “the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on US soil”. It turns out that the US Pentagon’s Joint Task Force-North, a group that provides military support to federal agencies in domestic security operations, has a different opinion. For it, Muslims residing in Canada present the “greatest potential for foreign terrorists’ access to the homeland”. This is according to a briefing document that the group inadvertently published on the reading room section of its website a couple of weeks ago, only to abruptly remove it last Wednesday. According to InsideDefense, which noticed the report before it was withdrawn, the internal document blames Canadian immigration policies for “creating a favorable environment” for “foreign terrorist opportunities”. It specifically focuses on the country’s eastern Great Lakes area, which lies immediately north of New York, New Hampshire and Vermont, where intelligence operatives have allegedly detected “the largest presence” of “support networks and extremist organizations”. The document also focuses on what it calls “special-interest aliens”, from predominantly Muslim countries, such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, who are singled out in what appears to be an ethnically-based policy of discrimination in counterterrorist investigations. It has been reported that the view of Britain’s Muslim community as “the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on US soil” has led the CIA to launch an “unprecedented intelligence-gathering operation in Britain”. This inevitably raises the question of the magnitude of similar CIA intelligence operations in Canada’s urban centers. Incidentally, the Joint Task Force-North report, parts of which are marked “for official use only” (FOUO) and “law enforcement sensitive” (LES), also mentions that “Hezbollah presence” has been detected in areas of Mexico.