Searching for a radical solution to Islamic extremism

The Toronto Star – June 26, 2011

Mubin Shaikh, a police insider who infiltrated a group plotting in 2006 to blow up Toronto’s downtown, along with Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a 37-year-old Somalia-born Canadian who has experienced the frontlines of Mogadishu’s relentless war and Kamran Bokhari, a Pakistan-born, U.S.-raised and -educated analyst with an American private sector intelligence firm, attended the Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) in Dublin, Ireland.

Co-sponsored by the Council of Foreign Relations and the Tribeca Film Festival, the summit has been designed to probe why young people turn to violent extremism.
90 “formers” — past members of violent groups ranging from neo-Nazis to Islamic extremists to Latin American street gangs — will come together with a hodgepodge of academics and analysts from around the world. They will join the “survivors” — victims of violence or terrorist attacks.

Bokhari believes there is general reluctance in Canada, both within Muslim communities and at the federal government level, to talk openly about the problem. Shaikh’s grievances have been more public. After the Toronto 18 case, he says, he wasn’t prepared for the backlash from many Muslims who regarded him as a traitor.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced a new, five-year program to combat terrorism while commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Air India bombing. The $10-million initiative will focus on anti-terrorism research and conferences, a press release stated.

Crown Closes its Case Against 20-year-old Man Among the Toronto 18 Alleged Terrorists

Judge John Sproat is expected to hear closing arguments from the Crown and the defense next week before he announces his verdict, which could be weeks or months away. Both sides are to give closing arguments next week on the 20-year-old training-camp participant at the centre of Canada’s first terror trial. The Crown has portrayed the youth as a promising and obedient rookie, while the defense has claimed he was a na_ve. Some questions have also been placed on the integrity of the police informant, Mubin Shaikh, paid $300,000 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to infiltrate the alleged terrorist cell.

Informant in Canada Terror Trial Calls Leader a Delusional Braggart

A Canadian police informant testified that the alleged leader of the alleged terror plot of 2006 in Mississauga, Ontario was clearly a delusional braggart. Mubin Shaikh’s comments came on a second day of cross-examination of the trial of a youth accused of an alleged terror plot. The man on trial, who cannot be named because he was underage at the time of the arrest, is the first of 11 people to face trial. The youth disagreed with the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, saying that the group was just chilling, reading the Koran and exercising because some guys are lazy you know, they’re gaining weight. The youth, a recent convert to Islam from Hinduism, added sometimes you have to do violence to bring peace.