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9 Replies to “FBI assist RCMP with terror arrests in Kingston On.”

  1. Curious. Here I thought it was Dystopia custom for the police to quietly move in AFTER the house blew up, shattering every window in the neighborhood.

    That’s why there are no Tard knock-knock jokes.

    Maybe this was a frat house for Catholic boys wearing MAGA hats, or a flop house for soon-to-be-laid-off digital news service employees who will be hired by the CBC anyway. I know I digress, but isn’t the Dystopia trend to pay journalists for loyalty? Hire them all on the public purse and you build an army of information warriors?

  2. twitter @RCMPONT

    On going operations in #Kingston – Media availability at Kingston Police, 705 Division Street #ygk expected at 1:00 p.m. today, situation remains fluid.



    CBC – Kingston suspect arrested in RCMP raid lived in Syria, Kuwait

    ( 8 min 32 )

    Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, 20, is among two suspects arrested in what RCMP are calling a national security investigation in Kingston, Ont. Alzahabi’s family came to Canada in 2017 from Syria via Kuwait, his father confirmed to CBC News.

  3. CBC – Father of man arrested in Kingston, Ont., probe says he’s told it’s ‘about terrorists’

    Police arrested 2 people following raids on 2 homes in eastern Ontario city

    The father of Hussam Eddin Alzahabi says his 20-year-old son has been arrested in what he believes is a terror-related investigation in Kingston, Ont.

    “They tell me they search about him about terrorists. I know my son, he didn’t think about that. He like Canada. He like the safety in Canada. How could he think about that?” Amin Alzahabi, who has been in Canada since 2017, told CBC News in an interview from his home Friday morning.

    “Not good, not good.”

    On Thursday, RCMP arrested two people following raids on two homes in the eastern Ontario city. Sources tell CBC News it’s related to a national security investigation.

    CBC News has learned the arrests included a minor and involved both Kingston police and the help of the FBI in the U.S. Details about the other person arrested weren’t immediately available.

    The RCMP said it will hold a news conference today at 1 p.m. ET to update the public on the investigation.

    On Thursday, officers could be seen carrying bags of evidence out of the homes.

    By Friday morning, the police presence was contained to just one residence.

    “It’s fake news about my son,” Alzahabi said. “I trust my son. I know he cannot do anything against any human, humanity.”

    “They inspected everything from my house. They didn’t find anything,” Alzahabi said.

    “I think this is not good,” he added.

    The family, originally from Syria, has been living in Canada since July 2017, Alzahabi said, following time spent in Kuwait from 2008 to 2017.

    According to a bulletin posted to the website of a Kingston-area Catholic church detailing the journey of the Alzahabi family, an ecumenical group of churches helped bring them to Canada through the private sponsorship refugee program in 2016-17.

    The church group established a series of committees, including a hospitality and orientation committee composed of parishioners, and raised more than $30,000 to help support the family’s transition to life in Canada.

    Alzahabi said he and his family came to Canada to be “liberated” and avoid being sent back to Syria — which is still in the throes of a multi-year bloody civil war — by the Kuwaiti government.

    “I want to save my family from Assad regime in Syria,” he said, referencing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad?, who’s accused of perpetrating war crimes against his own people.

    “I wanted to come to Canada and I [succeeded] in coming to Canada because I trust Canada. I trust this country is for the humanity … freedom,” Alzahabi said.

    To that end, Amin Alzahabi said his son was completing high school upgrades at Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute with the hope he could then continue his studies at a university.

    In a statement, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said police took action Thursday “based on credible information, to ensure public safety.”

    The minister said the operation has not changed the country’s threat level. It remains at “medium,” where it has hovered since late 2014.

    However, the threat was considered serious enough to involve months of investigation, thousands of hours of police work and the use of a Pilatus PC-12 RCMP surveillance plane that had been circling over Kingston in recent weeks for hours on end, creating a great deal of interest from residents due to the noise.

    Spokespeople for both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice referred all questions to the RCMP.


  4. RCMP lay terrorism charges against youth in Kingston

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have laid terrorism charges against a young person in Kingston.

    The RCMP said in a news release that their Integrated National Security Enforcement Team charged the young person with: knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, and also counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device to, into, in or against a place of public use with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, in a case where the offence was not committed.

    The Youth Criminal Justice Act prevents any further release of information regarding this individual, the RCMP said.

    “I want to reassure the citizens of the Greater Kingston, Ontario, area and all Canadians that during the investigation, our primary focus was the safety and protection of the public,” Chief Superintendent Michael LeSage, Criminal Operations Officer in O Division, said in the news release. “I would also like to highlight the efforts of our INSET here in Ontario which worked diligently to obtain the evidence required for these charges. Investigations of this nature are complex and require significant time and resources to come to a successful conclusion, while ensuring public safety at all times.”

    The youth and an adult man were arrested during raids at two residences in Kingston on Thursday afternoon. The adult man has been arrested but not charged. The two residences were on Kingsdale Avenue and Macdonnell Street.

    The Canadian Press reported that Amin Alzahabi, the father of the adult man, Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, 20, said his son had been arrested but not charged. He was unsure what was happening.

    “I want to know where he is,” Amin Alzahabi said at his Kingston home.

    The family came to Canada about two years ago after fleeing war-torn Damascus for Kuwait. Their home in Syria has been destroyed. The father was once imprisoned for not joining the ruling political party and would be vulnerable to arrest and severe retaliation should he and the family return home, according to one of the churches that sponsored the refugee family.

    In their news release, the RCMP thanked their partners in the investigation: Kingston Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada.

    Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely said her force helped the RCMP with public engagement and community outreach.

    “We recognize the tremendous value of law enforcement, working in close collaboration, to protect the safety our communities,” McNeely said.

    Kingston youth charged in alleged terrorist bomb plot

    Federal counterterrorism officers in Canada have charged a youth in connection with an alleged terrorist bomb plot in Kingston.

    The youth, who cannot be identified by law, was charged with “counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device” in a public place, according to an RCMP statement Friday.

    He is also charged with “facilitating a terrorist activity.”

    An adult man was also arrested but has not yet been charged, according to the RCMP’s integrated national security enforcement team.

    A news conference is to take place later on Friday.

    The arrests took place on Thursday by heavily armed police tactical teams who surrounded residential houses in Kingston, a city located three hours east of Toronto. Residents of the city have remarked on aerial surveillance taking place by an RCMP plane weeks before the arrests.

    There is no information suggesting the public was in any imminent danger.

    The Mounties are thanking a series of law-enforcement partners for helping lay the groundwork for the arrests, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, local law enforcement and also several Canadian government border and intelligence agencies.

    On Thursday Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that “the government of Canada constantly monitors all potential threats and has robust measures in place to address them. Canadians can be confident that whenever credible information is obtained about a potential threat, the RCMP, CSIS and other police and security agencies take the appropriate steps to ensure the security of this country and the safety of its citizens.”

    This week’s arrests follow weeks of speculation by Kingston residents about the possible use of a potential government surveillance plane hovering around the city – though officials have not yet explicitly acknowledged the use of one.

    Local residents had been growing suspicious of a plane flying overhead in recent weeks. Valerie Gray says she started hearing it around Jan. 10, but couldn’t see anything above, likely due to cloud cover. On Jan. 13, the night cleared, and she saw what looked like a silhouette of a plane without any lights on it. “Every five minutes, it was flying over the house,” she told The Globe on Friday.

    “It never showed up on any flight trackers,” she said. “I tried contacting [the Department of National Defence] as well as [Canadian Forces Base] Trenton to see if I could get any answers from them. No luck there at all. They didn’t even respond.?”

    Police searched two homes Thursday. One was a small red-brick house close to the city’s downtown core. Police continued to hold the home under their control on late Friday morning, with cars blocking off the road. A large white van was parked outside the home.

    Vanessa Macfarlane, who lives next door, had met the family several times before. They’d helped her move couches, and brought over food around Christmastime. She said one resident was an adolescent boy.


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