FBI Connects Georgia Arrests to Canadian Plot
There may be a US connection to the terrorist arrests in Toronto, as two arrested in March 2006 in Georgia were tracked traveling to Canada, DC and Pakistan.
Over the last month, investigators have traced Ahmed's path from an Atlanta mosque to Toronto to Washington, D.C. to Pakistan.
According to a March 23 affidavit unsealed April 21, Ahmed met Sadequee at Al-Farooq Masjid mosque in Atlanta. Then, the two suspects traveled to Toronto in March 2005 to discuss potential terrorist targets with "like-minded Islamic extremists." Lastly, Ahmed attempted to receive terrorism training during a trip to Pakistan last year.
Ahmed's March 23 arrest was not made public until April 20 and he is being held at an undisclosed location by the U.S. Marshal Service while he awaits trial. He pleaded not guilty on April 19, and no trial date has been set. [Emphasis added.]
With implication in the Canadian investigation, this should quiet those who were complaining that the FBI had abducted the Bangladeshi.
Canada's National Post also took a look at the Georgia-Canada connection in Terrorism's 'new guard', published first on May 4, 2006.
Unlike the old guard of terrorists, who were immigrants and refugees who brought to Canada the conflicts of their homelands, the new generation consists largely of Canadian-born radical Muslims of various ethnicities, as well as converts who have adopted the extremist interpretation of Islam.
The documents also support recent claims by U.S. counterterrorism officials that extremists are operating inside Canada's borders. The presence of Islamic terrorists in Canada was noted two weeks ago, when the U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrests of two Georgia youths.
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 19, and Syed Haris Ahmed, 21, are accused of traveling [sic] to Canada last March for "terrorism-related planning and co-ordination" with local radicals.
The FBI says while in Toronto they discussed terrorist training and plots to bomb U.S. military facilities and oil refineries.
The next 48 hours will surely be full of related developments and revelations.