The Canadian Counterterrorism Money Solution

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Canada is adopting a new bill (Bill S-7) that will allow victims of terrorism to sue for terrorist acts in Canadian court, putting an onus of responsibility and accountability on terrorist states and/or organizations.  Albeit a complicated task, it is a step in the right direction, targeting the pocketbooks of these reprobates.

For too long innocent taxpayers have been exploited by the Islamic fringe and although Bill S-7 won’t significantly benefit taxpayers directly, theoretically it balances the books a trifle in offsetting the reprehensible monetary endowments enjoyed by this fringe. Some examples:  Hundreds of polygamous men who have brought their wives from abroad into Ontario are now being supported by state welfare;  Mohamed Omary—on welfare for two decades—has alleged links to terrorism and toured Europe; and Mahr Arar, still listed as a U.S. terrorist, successfully sued Ottawa for 10.5 million dollars (on taxpayers’ backs) due to an RCMP investigative “injustice.”

To a lesser degree, yet still examples of the frittering away of taxpayer dollars, are the indiscriminate sums doled out to informants.  For example,  Shaher Elsohemy, the Muslim businessman who was paid $4 million by the RCMP to infiltrate a core group of “Toronto 18” suspects, plotting bomb attacks in southern Ontario:

The lucrative deal between the Mounties and their prized informant included cash, cars and homes for him, his wife, his daughter, his parents and his two brothers

There is also Mubin Shaikh who successfully negotiated a tax free 2.7 million dollars after going back to the RCMP Oliver Twist style.

In the early stages of the investigation, he happily accepted $77,000 to infiltrate the group … Shaikh went back to the RCMP and asked them to boost his reward to an even $300,000.  They agreed.

Two years later… Shaikh is proving to be as much of a Crown liability as an asset. As star witnesses go, he has become more star than witness. Since the arrests, he has outed himself on national TV, proclaimed the innocence of some of the accused, snorted cocaine on the taxpayers’ dime, and pleaded guilty to threatening two 12-year-old girls. During his recent testimony at the youth trial, the Crown accused its own hired mole of fudging facts to protect the defendant.
And now, after all that, Mubin Shaikh wants more cash — more than 30 times the dollar figure he originally agreed to.

There are those who argue that these millions are well spent, given the catastrophic outcome of what could have occurred without their help.  Pelting huge sums of money at informants for their service is inarguably the simplest route.  Yet the unfriendly portrayal of Shaikh in Macleans provides a menacing inside scoop and provokes a need for scrutiny of the methodologies used by the RCMP, calling into question its level of investigative expertise.  Its sloppiness in the Arar case is no less sobering.

Now, a new frontier in Canada has emerged in this war on terror which could offer some promise, even though tricky to enforce:  Bill S-7—the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.  The bill allows lawsuits against any person, group or country that supports or abets attacks, to be filed through Canadian courts.

The bill is nothing new.  One precendent lawsuit involves the Libyan government’s role in the disastrous 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  Libya subsequently agreed to compensate Lockerbie relatives to avoid a diplomatic row, and retire the issue through a peaceful settlement to normalize its relations with the United Nations (UN) and the U.S.,  a key point.

Meanwhile in a separate legal action through a Manhattan federal court, families of victims of the 9-11 terror attacks and a 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon have filed a lawsuit against Iran for $2.6 billion, citing its involvement as a state supporter of terrorism.   But, given Iran’s history of calling 9-11 a “big lie” and its irrational anti-Semitic ramblings about obliterating Israel, it’s doubtable Iran will pay up.

Yet such legal suits are still promising beyond the compensatory factor.  They serve as one critical part of a multifaceted strategy in the War on Terror: to isolate, marginalize, embarrass and hopefully shed light on the heinous crimes of terrorists and their impact on innocent victims. Sadly enough, there are still too many ignoramuses among us branding the West as evil and Israel as an Apartheid State while Islamist lunatics vehemently spread their Salafi ideologies within our very borders.

Forcing terrorist organizations and States into a position of public accountability before the international community is a welcome strategy that Canada has wisely endorsed through Bill S-7.  Hopefully we will see more of this in the West.

  • Frank(ly) M'Dear

    There is a HUGE problem with this Canadian initiative. As it is, "Canadian justice" is SO EXPENSIVE that only the wealthy, who can afford the prohibitive costs of legal representation, or the destitute, who can access state-funded legal aid, will benefit from this legislative move.

    As Canada has proved time and time again with its ridiculous "Human Rights" commissions and tribunals (federal and provincial), the PROCESS is the punishment. When it comes to Canada's justice system overall, no truer words have ever been spoken.

    In no other democratic western country that I can name is "justice" beyond the reach of the overwhelming majority of the population.

    PAPER LIONS CAN'T BITE, but you can't fight 'em if you can't afford paper.

    • canadiancyborg

      That's rich coming from the most litigation-happy country in the entire world! I'm not sure where you received your information from on which you base your ridiculous claims, but it is clear from your ignorance that the ONLY reason you can't name any other democratic country is simply that you suck at geography, like the majority of Americans!

  • Andres de Alamaya

    This is encouraging and with a bit of ingenuity it will be possible to collect in many cases by garnishment of funds sent by the accused to Trojan Horse organizations these rogue states have established in our world – such as CAIR, the Muslim Student Mob, etc.

  • betty boop

    This initiative sounds great, like trying to kill a herd of rats with a fly swatter. Are we in the west so toothless as to rely on lawyers to save our skins? This is so ludicrous, it's terrifying.

    • Frank(ly) M'Dear

      Betty Boop:

      "ludicrous" and "toothless" don't even BEGIN to describe Canada and Canadians, who are a nasty bunch of jealous also-rans who can't get it together in their own country. When not seething with anti-American sentiment, Canadians DARE to preach to the USA about "justice, equality and liberty." Too funny.

  • USMCSniper

    Canada's new bill (Bill S-7) that will allows victims of terrorism to sue for terrorist acts in Canadian court is just another addendum to the Lawyers Full Employment Bill. Yep, 1/3 always goes to these blood suckers.

    • Frank(ly) M'Dear

      WAY more than 1/3, I'm afraid. And that's why this "Canadian justice" move is ludicrous and toothless.

      Canada should listen to Shakespeare: First, kill all the lawyers.

  • Mubin Shaikh

    Get your facts right. I did NOT successfully negotiate a 2.7 million dollar deal. I spent 4 YEARS going through the courts, testifying here and there, unable to find work because of it. So actually, I was making about 50k/year.

    The next time you put your life on the line, please do let us know how much you would like to get paid for doing so. ;) Most of all, get your facts right before you continue the unfriendly portrayal by Macleans and others who can only armchair it, lacking the integrity to do so themselves.

  • 2maxpower

    he is a muslim isn't he …the RCMP informant. what did they expect?

  • dr.fielding

    that's not fair to say 2maxpower – the guy saved lives this is how we repay our debt to him? you are a hero mr. shaik, a real Canadian hero and I salute you.

  • jackieD

    how much would a bomb cleanup cost? i hope there are more of him out there.

  • greatHeron

    read a great article in the natpost on this shaik guy. i wonder how much i would have done it for if i had to give up my life in my community, get trashed by pretty much everyone and then spend four years of my life in court subjected to cross examination again and again. any volunteers to do it for free? doubt that. why are soldiers considered heroes when they get paid too?