…making you wonder just how brazen or dumb these people are. (Hat tip: Maureen H.)
By Steve Buist and Laura Thompson
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 6, 2006)
The father of a McMaster University student suspected of terrorism was warned a year ago by an Islamic religious leader that his son was under police surveillance.
Aly Hindy, imam at Scarborough’s Salaheddin Islamic Centre, said he was tipped off last year that some of the 17 terror suspects arrested Friday were being watched by Canada’s spy agency.
Hindy passed the information on to Dr. Farouk Ghany, a Mississauga urologist and father of McMaster student Ahmad Ghany, who faces terrorism-related offences.
Police allege that the group was plotting to use three tonnes of ammonium nitrate to create bombs that would be used to destroy key Canadian targets.
Let’s just stop the tape at this point for a brief reminder about Aly Hiny. I quoted him yesterday in a blog entry. Rewind the tape:
Don’t worry—Aly Hindy, imam at the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, reassures us, despite the evidence in front of his face, under his feet, behind his back, and swirling all around him:
[…] “I am sure, 100%, none of these guys would do anything in Canada,” Mr. Hindy said
Which is reason number 577 why some of these people need English accuracy lessons. Or we could do as I do, and simply remember the lessons we learned from our good friend the Iraqi Minister of Information, who became known as Comical Ali. In this case it’s Aly.
OK, just so we’re all on the same page here, he was 100% sure. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!
Hindy said he has known the Ghany family for about two or three years.
They live close to each other in an affluent section of Erindale, in Mississauga, and Hindy officiated at Ahmad Ghany’s wedding in mid-April.
Hindy declined to indicate how he learned about the surveillance, but became concerned because his 21-year-old son hung around with Ghany, who is also 21, and some of the other suspects.
“I told my son that he should stop hanging around with them because they were under surveillance,” said Hindy.
“I don’t want to say how I knew. I have my sources for getting information, but I knew that they were being watched by security.”
Hindy said that the young men merely got together to eat pizza and play pool.