Islamist extremists a 'serious threat' in Canada: CSIS

Sun TV columnist David Menzies and a small group at the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough,...

Sun TV columnist David Menzies and a small group at the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, Ont., September 14, 2012. (Jack Boland / QMI Agency, file)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

OTTAWA — An alarming CSIS threat assessment concludes dangerous Islamists have made Canada home and put the country at risk.

"Sunni Islamist radicalization leading to violence is a serious threat to both Canada and its allies," says CSIS in a heavily censored February 2012 assessment released through an Access to Information request.

The assessment also finds that "a large number of venues have been, and continue to be, used to further Islamist extremist ideology" in Canada.

While the RCMP has connected places like the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Toronto to efforts to indoctrinate people in extremist Muslim ideology, CSIS finds home-grown terrorists or other extremists are created through other venues too.

Its report finds that husbands, wives and siblings push each other into extremist thinking, while others are drawn into support of Islamist violence through chat rooms on jihadi websites or in Canadian prisons.

 


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