Najibullah Zazi, center, is escorted off an NYPD helicopter by U.S Marshals after being extradited from Denver, Colo., Friday, Sept. 25, 2009. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/New York City Police Department)
TORONTO – Officials on both sides of the border erected a wall of silence Saturday over word that an Afghan immigrant arrested on terrorism-related charges in the United States made at least two trips to Canada.
The reference to Najibullah Zazi’s trips to Canada was almost made in passing Friday by U.S. prosecutor Tim Neff during a Denver court hearing. Zazi is accused of plotting to use weapons of mass destruction to attack commuter trains in New York City to coincide with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
They say Zazi was stopped by police Sept. 10 as he entered New York, and he dropped his plans for an attack once he realized that law enforcement was on to him.
Neff did not give any other details on the Canadian trips and a spokesman said in an email later Friday that he had no comment on them.
An FBI spokeswoman said Saturday the agency could not confirm “anything regarding this case at this time.” Reports say Saturday that agents with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service were knocking on the doors of relatives of Zazi in Mississauga, Ont, west of Toronto, Friday night.
But Canadian officials refused to acknowledge that the spy agency was investigating. CSIS spokeswoman Manon Berube said the service does not discuss its operations as a matter of course. “No comment on specific operations, but we would certainly be co-operating with our American counterparts,” she said.
She referred inquiries to Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan’s office, which in turn referred calls back to CSIS for operational security matters. Van Loan’s spokesman Christopher McCluskey refused to speak about the case.
“Beyond that, I cannot comment on any individual case before the courts, or any individual file that engages in national security.”
But a private investigator in the U.S., who touts himself as a specialist in tracking down suspected terrorists, as well as suspected philanderers, said the potential Mississauga connection is a “red-flag.” “That’s terrorist central in Canada,” said Bill Warner, a private investigator who boasts he has worked with the FBI on cases involving terrorism.
“If he was in that city, that’s one of the key spots in Canada for these terror connections and they link back into Atlanta, Chicago, Toledo,” Warner said. The FBI wouldn’t confirm Warner’s credentials, saying it could not reveal who the agency works with as a matter of policy.
Over the summer, he and three associates went from one beauty-supply store to another in a Denver suburb buying chemicals to make explosives like those that killed dozens of people in transit bombings in London and Madrid, investigators said. (With files from The Associated Press). more from this source……………
Khawaja guilty on terror charges in Ottawa Canada, Khawaja links to Mohammed Junaid Babar and the “Network” of al-Muhajiroun in Queens NY and London UK. Khawaja guilty on terror charges, COLIN FREEZE ,Globe and Mail Update , October 29, 2008 at 2:12 PM EDT
Mr. Khawaja and co-conspirators, the day after Khawaja’s arrest in Ottawa, Khyam and five others, Anthony Garcia, Shujah Mahmood, Waheed Mahmood, Jawad Akbar, and Salahuddin Amin were arrested in London (see photo above) they had had interactions with “core” al-Qaeda figures. The testimony of three witnesses, Mohammed Junaid Babar, Ms A. and Ms Zeba Khan, sheds this light on the term ‘Jihad’ in the Muslim world.
Another read: “When the kuffar amreekans invaded Afghanistan that was .. the most painful time in my whole life … it would tear my hear knowing these filthy kaafir dog Americans were bombing our muslim bros and sisters … Shaykh Usama bin laden is like the most beloved person to me in the whole world, after Allah.”