Among the tiresome tidbits of information the multi-gazzillion-dollar state-run CBC.ca people’s web site chose not to report today was this Canadian Press story of insignificance to that group who apparently for some reason sees no need to report it to the citizens they serve (hat tip: Marc):
Wed, May 10, 2006
Preventing an assault in or from Canada is a top priority, says the nation’s spy agency chief.
By JIM BRONSKILL, CP
OTTAWA—While the threat from al-Qaida remains strongest overseas, a terrorist attack on Canadian soil is “now probable,” the head of Canada’s spy agency has quietly advised the government.
In his annual report to the public safety minister, Jim Judd says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s highest priority involved trying to prevent assaults occurring in, or originating from, Canada.
“The threat of further attacks by Sunni Islamic extremists and other like-minded groups continues, bringing with it elevated demands on the service’s resources,” says the report, which covers 2004-05.
A focus of the intelligence service’s counterterrorism program “was therefore the interdiction and removal” of such radicals.
“During the past year, Canada and Canadian interests abroad continued to be under threat from al-Qaida and its affiliated groups,” Judd said. “While the threat remains concentrated overseas, an attack on Canadian soil is now probable.”
Judd’s comments represent some of the strongest language used by a senior Canadian official in characterizing the threat from Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network.
A declassified copy of the top secret report was obtained yesterday by CP under the Access to Information Act.
It was delivered by hand in late November to then-public safety minister Anne McLellan, who was defeated in the January election.
Al-Qaida, which perpetrated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, included Canada on a list of target countries in November 2002 and March 2004.
Oh what a bore.
UPDATE: Four hours after I found the story, they finally found the story. Now it’s their number one story at CBC.ca.