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    Canada - Three charged in NYC/Toronto VIA Rail terror plot

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/22/world/...ted/index.html

    According to my local news station here in NY, a major terrorist plot has been thwarted involving a plan to blow up trains between Toronto and NYC!

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    LIVE VIDEO: Royal Canadian Mounted Police news conference

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/s...1350.htmlstory
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    I'm getting a giggle out of his pronunciation of the word threat.

    Not a lot out of the presser. They knew what route was targeted, but not a specific train.
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    from:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stor...c-arrests.html

    In a press conference that followed an exclusive report by CBC's Greg Weston, police named the two accused as Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, from Toronto. They have been charged with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack and "conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group."

    The two men arrested are not Canadian citizens, police said Monday, but would not provide any details about their nationalities.

    The RCMP accused the two men of conspiring to commit an "al-Qaeda-supported" attack.

    Police said the two accused were getting "direction and guidance" from al-Qaeda elements in Iran. There was no information to suggest the attacks were state sponsored, police said.

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    On CBC news: RadioCanada is confirming the linkedin page is legit and it is of one of the accused.

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chiheb-e...ier/46/604/314

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    "What we know so far"

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle11483696/

    Canadian article of course, but the last paragraph contains US info / intelligence; a google on the names is pretty interesting as it relates to Boston.

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    The two suspects had been under investigation since last August, a person briefed by police told Agence France-Presse. The police were tipped a year and a half ago by members of the Muslim community in Toronto, the source said.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle11483696/

    Bless those Muslim community members who flagged these two to LE all that time ago. I feel so badly for non extremist Muslims who are stuck dealing with the anti Muslim sentiments these kinds of situations always dredge up.
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    Good editorial:

    "Why Canada needs to remain vigilant on terrorism"

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/comme...ticle11477089/

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    Plot to attack Toronto - New York train foiled Apr 2013

    RCMP announced the arrest of two men who were plotting a terrorist attack on a Toronto to New York VIA train. The men had been under surveillance by RCMP and the investigation involved the FBI and other law agencies.

    The two suspects were identified as Chiheb Esseghaier, 35, who has been living in Toronto, and Raed Jaser, 30, of Montreal. The police said they were not Canadian citizens but declined to identify their nationalities or to describe their immigration status in Canada.

    Chief Police Superintendent Jennifer Strachan said that the two men had studied train movements and rail lines in and around Toronto and were plotting to attack a train operated by Via Rail Canada, the government-owned rail system, within Canada.
    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stor...ment-plot.html


    The plan received “direction and guidance” from an element of al-Qaeda based in Iran, said the force, refusing to elaborate. That connection with the Islamic terrorist organization made the plot particiularly significant, said Asst. Supt. Malizia.

    However, officers said there was no evidence the plan was in any way “state-sponsored.”
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04...-toronto-area/

    I can't find it right now, but other articles specified a Toronto to NYC train.

    There seems to be much discussion around whether there was an Al-Queda element in Iran. Iran is denying it in the media.
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    One of the reasons this particular case caught my attention (other than the obvious) is that one of the men charged, who is from Tunisia, is working on his PhD and doing research on biosensors.

    Here is his LinkedIn page:
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chiheb-e...ier/46/604/314

    This is from the Wikipedia page on biosensors:

    Applications: There are many potential applications of biosensors of various types. The main requirements for a biosensor approach to be valuable in terms of research and commercial applications are the identification of a target molecule, availability of a suitable biological recognition element, and the potential for disposable portable detection systems to be preferred to sensitive laboratory-based techniques in some situations. Some examples are given below:

    Glucose monitoring in diabetes patients ←historical market driver
    Other medical health related targets
    Environmental applications e.g. the detection of pesticides and river water contaminants such as heavy metal ions[31]
    Remote sensing of airborne bacteria e.g. in counter-bioterrorist activities
    Detection of pathogens
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    According to this article Esseghaier was not the type of person we should allow to be working with pathogens!

    Faouzi Bellili, a doctoral student at INRS, said that a few months ago Esseghaier had told him he shouldn't help Canadians because they are non-believers.

    "I actually told my wife, keep an eye on this guy, he's dangerous," he said. However, Bellili added that he didn't believe Esseghaier could harm anyone.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/...-suspects.html

    And why the he** didn't that fellow student say something to officials?!

    ETA: Just to be clear, officials said that the plan was to derail the train. There is no mention of biological agents from LE.
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    A “prominent community leader” among Toronto Muslims tipped off the RCMP to possible terror suspects, the CBC reports.
    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2..._rcmp_cbc.html

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    TEHRAN—Iran on Tuesday denied any links with an alleged terrorist plot that Canadian authorities claim was directed by Al Qaeda operatives in Iran and sought to derail a passenger train.
    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/20..._suspects.html

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    http://ca.reuters.com/article/domest...93M0RW20130423

    Canadian passenger train attack suspects set for court hearings

    Neither suspect is a Canadian citizen but police did not reveal their nationalities.

    Little is known about Jaser but a spokeswoman for the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique near Montreal confirmed to Reuters that Esseghaier, said to be Tunisian, was a doctoral student at the research institute.

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    It was revealed today in the news that Jaser has been in Canada for about 20yrs and has Landed Immigrant Status
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    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04...n-ban-granted/

    Toronto man in ‘state of shock’ after terror charges laid in alleged plot to derail VIA train

    Defence lawyer John Norris told reporters Mr. Jaser had spent 20 years in Canada and had deep roots in the country. He chided police for “demonizing” his client by describing him as a non-Canadian. Mr. Jaser is a permanent resident of Canada but not a citizen."

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    The Police have it RIGHT Mr Norris your client is a non-Canadian...he is not a Citizen and he most likely received Landed Immigrant/Permanent Resident Status via his family application 20 yrs ago when he was a minor.

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    I don't know which forum this topic goes in, but can we merge the threads to whichever forum they belong?

    [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=206559"]Major terror plot uncovered in Canada - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]

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