The precious timing of the U.S.-Canadian Operation Smooth (the alleged “Via Rail plot”) with its rehearsed modus operandi is also aimed at creating a racist fear climate, writes PHILIP FERNANDEZ in an edition of TML Weekly Information Project devoted to state terrorism.
ON APRIL 22, right at the time when Parliament was set to debate Bill S-7, the Combating Terrorism Act, the RCMP announced that working closely with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other U.S. secret police, it had foiled an alleged Iran-based al-Qaeda cell which had planned to bomb a VIA train on the Toronto-New York line. Two men, 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghair, a Tunisian-born resident and doctoral student, and 35-year-old Raed Jaser, a Palestinian national living in Canada for about two decades, were arrested. The RCMP admitted at the press conference that there were no definite plans for these attacks, but that they had been monitoring these two men since August of last year and that these individuals were “planning” such an attack. Continue reading