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Scotland Yard shoots first, asks questions later

A statement released by Scotland Yard regarding this morning's "London Terror" raid "proves" not only that they are clueless, but that they verify intelligence by conducting armed raids of residences at un-Godly hours of the morning and shooting at startled inhabitants.
This morning, shortly before 4am, the Metropolitan Police executed a search warrant at a house in Lansdown Road, Forest Gate, East London. The warrant had been issued for the search of those premises under the authority of the Terrorism Act 2000.
WOW. This was passed even before 9/11. They were prepared beforehand.
This operation was planned in response to specific intelligence. As always, our overriding concern is for the safety of the public. Because of the very specific nature of the intelligence, we planned an operation that was designed to mitigate any threat to the public either from firearms or from hazardous substances.
Like the kind of intelligence that led to the Iraq invasion?
Some officers were armed, and others equipped with protective clothing. In planning the operation we worked closely with other agencies including the Security Service, the Health Protection Agency, the London Ambulance Service and Fire Brigade, and the London Borough of Newham.

You will appreciate that I am not in a position to discuss details of the intelligence with you. However, what I can tell you is that the intelligence was such that it demanded an intensive investigation and response.
Notice how no one is ever in the position to discuss the "details of intelligence" until of course it's thoroughly discredited by obvious facts.
The purpose of the investigation, after ensuring public safety, is to prove or disprove the intelligence that we have received. This is always difficult, and sometimes the only way to do so is to mount an operation such as that which we carried out this morning.
So, the public is supposed to accept the fact that in order to verify intelligence, police must conduct armed raids of their residences at ridiculous hours in the morning.
During the course of the operation, a 23-year-old man who was in the premises received a gunshot wound. The circumstances of this are being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and it would therefore be inappropriate for me to make any further comment about this.
He "received" a gunshot wound? They make it sound like it was delivered anonymously by mail.

And he probably "received it" for being shocked and outraged at the invasion of his privacy by a fleet of armed men at 4 in the morning. How would you react?
I can tell you that the injured man has been taken to the Royal London Hospital where he has received treatment. He has also been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of Terrorism.
Adding insult to injury, they arrested him to give the appearance that they shot at him legitimately.
Another man, aged 20, who was in the premises at the time of the operation has also been arrested under the Terrorism Act, and is being held at Paddington Green Police Station.
The only other witness must also be isolated from the public.
The investigation, to prove or disprove the intelligence that prompted the operation, continues. As always this will be thorough, and one part of it will be a painstaking search of the premises in Landsdown Road. This has started, but may take some time, in all probability several days to complete.
Good PR takes time. Your patience is appreciated as much as it is mandatory.

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At Friday, June 02, 2006, Anonymous Tom said...

This insidious rounding up of terrorists is never explained satisfactorily. We are told that the London July 7th 'bombers' were subject to surveilance around March 2004 (& that Khan was even videoed - handy for a subsequent confession tape!), but then that the surveilance was discontinued.......(Shades of Able Danger).

So the ones that should have been caught are left to escape whilst (we are told) 43 people have been detained by UK police in respect of the failed July 21st London Bomb attacks, of which 17 will be on trial in 3 batches from October 2006, of which there is little or no info & long drawn out periods of detention.

This compares with 4 No. July 7th 'bombers' who have been subject to an obnoxious media trial and an Official Narrative which is full of glaring inconsistencies.

 
At Friday, June 02, 2006, Anonymous g1lgam3sh said...

It has always been the case that certain Scots have had long term plans for the enslavement of the English, (some kind of Ingrate Syndrome apparently).

It is also slightly nauseating the way this manifestings itself in Jock eying for postion

 
At Friday, June 02, 2006, Blogger Frederick said...

http://www.freedomtofascism.com/

 
At Friday, June 02, 2006, Anonymous g1lgam3sh said...

"It is also slightly nauseating the way this manifestings itself in Jock eying for postion"

My apologies, a Mcgonigle moment; of course I meant 'manifesting itself in Jockying for position'

Wouldn't it be nice if elections meant anything?

 
At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is related, to a "supposed" terrorist raid in Toronto Canada. It may be linked to the Zionists/Mossad...

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Regarding Canadian Muslim Terrorists, Let's not forget... [ Post 294668880 ]

Israeli spies accused of posing as Canadians
Ottawa investigating: Mossad has history of using counterfeit Canadian documents

Stewart Bell and Michael Friscolanti
National Post


Thursday, September 05, 2002
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Federal officials are investigating claims that Israeli agents posed as Canadians during a spy operation in Gaza that reportedly used sexual blackmail to collect intelligence used to assassinate a Palestinian militant leader.

Canada's ambassador to Tel Aviv has asked Israel for an explanation of the incident and has been told it did not happen, but officials are concerned Israeli agents may be breaking their promise not to work undercover as Canadians.

Akram Zatmeh, 22, claims he supplied information to agents posing as Canadians that helped Israel pinpoint the whereabouts of a senior Hamas leader. The leader was later assassinated by Israeli forces in a July 23 missile attack that also killed 14 others, including nine children.

The informant claimed he was recruited by three agents who said they were Canadians and took him to the Canadian embassy in Tel Aviv before coercing him with promises of travel to Canada and threats to distribute fake photos showing him in sexual encounters.

In a similar incident in 1997, Canada recalled its ambassador to Israel after undercover Mossad agents were caught using falsified Canadian passports during an assassination attempt on a Palestinian militant leader. Israel apologized at the time and promised not to do it again.

The new reports emerging from the Gaza strip have Canadian officials worried that Israeli agents may have resumed adopting fake Canadian identities -- a tactic that could jeopardize the safety of Canadians who work or travel abroad.

Yesterday, a Foreign Affairs spokesman said the government had received assurances from Israeli officials that Mr. Zatmeh's accusations were false.

"It is unsubstantiated allegations," said Reynald Doiron. "We checked it out with Israeli authorities and they denied having used Canada, or that they would use Canada in a fashion similar to what happened last week."

Asked whether the Israelis could be hiding something in order to avoid another diplomatic firestorm, Mr. Doiron said: "They gave us their word and we take it as it is."

But in what was described as a confession published last week in the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, Mr. Zatmeh detailed how he was recruited by "Canadians" into becoming a spy two years ago and eventually played a role in the assassination of Hamas leader Salah Shehadeh.

"When I used to visit the British Council in Gaza, I saw one foreigner reading an English newspaper. Because of my curiosity, I introduced myself to him. He said that he is a Canadian who lectures sociology at one of the Canadian universities," Mr. Zatmeh said in Arabic.

The Canadian, who called himself Terry and said he was studying the living conditions of Palestinians, hired Mr. Zatmeh to assist with his research in exchange for $100 a month and a promise to help him travel to Canada.

One time, Terry asked for Mr. Zatmeh's photograph in order to get him an identity card from the Canadian embassy in Tel Aviv. At the embassy, Mr. Zatmeh said Terry introduce him to another "Canadian" named David.

David used the photograph of Mr. Zatmeh to create doctored pictures depicting Mr. Zatmeh in various sexual encounters. "He threatened if I tell anybody he will distribute my pictures, which may cause me a lot of troubles."

David later admitted he was actually an Israeli intelligence agent named Abu Muhammad. He told Mr. Zatmeh to monitor "confrontations" and "hot events" in Gaza and to supply the names of Palestinian militants who were firing upon the Jewish settlements and Israeli military command posts.

"After working for a while with Abu Muhammad, another intelligence officer phoned me and identified himself as Abu Ihab. When I moved to Gaza, Abu Ihab requested me to observe martyr Salah Shehadeh and his home in addition to the people who used to visit him and their cars.

"I confirmed to Abu Ihab more than once that the building in which the martyr used to live was crowded with residents. Also, the road around the building was overcrowded. However, Abu Ihab justified the assassination by saying that if Salah Shehadeh was not assassinated in such a way, many other civilians could have become his victims."

On the night of July 23 -- 20 minutes after Mr. Zatmeh said he reported Mr. Shehadeh's location to the Israeli agent -- an Israeli F-16 fighter fired a one-ton missile into a residential building in Gaza, killing Mr. Shehadeh and 14 others. Israel was widely criticized for the attack.

The informant's account could not be verified and it may be no more than Palestinian propaganda designed to put Israel in a bad light. Palestinian militants routinely execute those accused of collaborating with the Israelis.

Martin Rudner, director of the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, said the tactics described by Mr. Zatmeh were common.

"It is not unusual, in intelligence collection operations, for a country's services to recruit agents under what are termed 'false flags,' " Prof. Rudner said.

"This is done in situations where the recruiting service feels that the agent may not be prepared to work for that particular country, but may be amenable to giving information to some other; or where the recruiting services seeks to cover its tracks in the event that the agent be turned or captured."

Wesley K. Wark, a University of Toronto political science professor who specializes in intelligence, said he would not be surprised if the Israelis had reneged on their 1997 promise.

"One can easily imagine that after a time of quiet that the Israelis might, in some operational circumstances, just have made a decision that this is going to benefit the security of Israel and we don't really care too much about what the Canadians think," he said.

Still, Prof. Wark said if the allegations prove true, the Canadian government will have no choice but demand the Israelis to stop.

"It does endanger Canadians overseas," he said. "It adds a layer of unnecessary suspicion to the Canadian identity abroad and it's something we shouldn't tolerate, so we have to use every means we can to encourage the Israelis not to do it."

A false Canadian identity would be a logical cover for an agent working in Gaza. Canada is heavily involved in aid work in Gaza, particularly in Mr. Zatmeh's home Rafah, a hotbed of Palestinian militancy along the Israeli-Egyptian border.

In September, 1997, two Israeli agents carrying fake Canadian passports were arrested in Jordan after a botched attempt to assassinate a high-ranking Hamas official, a Palestinian terrorist group tied to dozens of suicide bombings.

The revelation that Israeli spies were posing as Canadians during covert operations enraged the federal government, which feared the practice would prompt vigilante attacks against ordinary Canadians living in the Middle East.

Lloyd Axworthy, then-minister of foreign affairs, was so upset that he ordered David Berger, Canada's Ambassador to Israel, to leave the country until the Mossad security agency promised to stop the practice. Mr. Berger did return to work two weeks later, but only after Israeli officials sent a letter promising to "undertake measures to ensure it never happens again."

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World: Middle East

Canada probes Israel passport claim

BBC News
November 5, 1998

The Canadian Foreign Minister, Lloyd Axworthy, has ordered an investigation into allegations that Israeli secret service members are still using Canadian passports for covert operations.
But he admitted that there was no evidence to support new allegations, reported by a Canadian television programme on Tuesday, that Mossad is still seeking Canadian passports.

Israel undertook to take steps to end the practice in 1997, after Israeli agents were caught carrying doctored Canadian passports.

The agents bungled an attempt to assassinate Khaled Meshaal, a leader of the militant Islamic Hamas movement, in September in neighbouring Jordan.

After the incident became public, Canada received pledges from the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Foreign Minister, David Levy, that Israel would no longer use Canadian passports in covert operations.

On CTV network television, Mr Leslie Lewis said Mossad agents approached him twice recently, asking to use his passport and that of his daughter.

Mr Lewis said he had allowed his passport to be used by the Israeli government until last year's assassination revelations, but refused new requests this year to use the family's passports and alerted the authorities.

But Mr Axworthy said that Mr Lewis' assertions cannot be corroborated.

Israel has denied the allegations, saying "Mossad does not use Canadian passports."



Israeli Agents Use Forged Canadian Passports In Failed Mossad Assassination Attempt



OTTAWA, Oct 2 (AFP) - Canada recalled its ambassador to Israel Thursday as it stepped up pressure to end the apparent use by the Israeli secret service of fake Canadian passports for its undercover operatives.

Furious Canadian officials were scrambling to find out the truth behind the use of forged Canadian passports by two unsuccessful hitmen in Jordan last week in a failed assasssination attempt on a HAMAS leader.

In a rare move, indicating Ottawa believed the Israeli government to be behind the forgeries, Canada's ambassador to Israel, David Berger, was recalled for consultations and the Israeli ambassador in Ottawa, David Sultan, was summoned to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

There was confusion in the House of Commons as opposition members of parliament tried to find out what was happening, with Prime Minister Jean Chretien in Vancouver and Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy at the United Nations in New York.

David Kilgour, secretary of state for Latin America and Africa, appeared flustered as he suggested Canadian officials had not seen the alleged forged passports and then indicated that they had.

He admitted he did not know the whereabouts of the two forged passports found in the possession of two men arrested by Jordanian authorities and accused of the attempted murder of Khaled Meshaal, the head of the Hamas political office in Amman.

Meshaal was attacked a week ago in Amman by two men posing as Canadian tourists who sprayed him with an unidentified debilitating chemical. He was released from hospital late Thursday.

Officials in Amman said Jordan had irrefutable proof the two assailants were Israeli agents.

In the House of Commons, Kilgour said: "The wherabouts of the passports at this moment are not known to myself. It has been determined beyond a reasonable doubt, to my knowledge, that they are forged passports."

Axworthy, in New York, was angry.

"We, of course, take great exception to the use of Canadian passports for that purpose," he said. "There are very strict international standards for the use of international documents."

Axworthy, insisting Canada did not cooperate in any way with the Israelis on providing identities for the alleged hitmen, said, "We want to make it very clear that Canada was not in any way involved."

The foreign minister said he took up the issue in a meeting with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and added that recalling Berger from Israel "is a very serious step to take."

Axworthy, who was due to meet Jordanian Foreign Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh later Thursday to hear the findings of Amman's investigations into the attack, said Canada took the incident "very seriously."

He is to return to Ottawa later Thursday, cutting short his New York visit.

Canadian officials in Ottawa, speaking on background, said that Israel had promised in 1981 to bar its secret agents from using Canadian passports, after such an incident had come to light.

But a 1990 book by a former Israeli secret agent and a Canadian journalist claims that the Israelis are still producing forged or stolen Canadian passports.

Former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky and journalist Claire Hoy, in their book "By Way of Deception," claimed that Ostrovksy had personally seen a Mossad passport factory which contained "a large batch of blank Canadian passports."

Ostrovsky concluded: "They must have been stolen. It looked like an entire shipment. There were over 1,000 of them."

He also said in the book that "many immigrants to Israel are also asked if they will give up their passports to save Jews."

These passports "end up in a huge library-like room, containing many thousands of passports, divided by countries, cities and even districts."

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1998, Pages 26-27

Mossad's Use of Canadian Passports: Two Reports


Canadian Press Calls for Inquiry into Allegations Regarding Mossad Use of Passports

By Faisal Kutty
Until last Sept. 25 a Canadian passport was considered one of the safest travel documents available. That was the day on which members of a Mossad assassination squad using altered passports of Canadian Jewish residents of Israel botched an attempt to murder Khaled Meshal, the political chief of the Hamas Islamic movement, in Amman. Now, according to Canadian press reports, including an article titled "Are Canadians in Jeopardy?" in Maclean's, Canadians traveling in the Middle East are already encountering difficulties.

The failed mission carried out on Jordanian territory had the blessings of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who accepted "final responsibility" for the decision. The murder bid not only strained relations with Israel's friendliest Arab neighbor, it also raised concerns in Canada. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy reacted by recalling Canada's ambassador, David Berger, on Oct. 2. David Viveash, Canadian chargé d'affaires in Tel Aviv, said "the whole affair has raised a number of questions for Canada." One concern was how Israel's Mossad came into possession of Canadian passports. According to Viveash, Canada has "protested vigorously" the use of Canadian passports by counterintelligence agents for the past 30 years.

The Mossad obviously concluded that the protests did not apply to Israel. Canadian journalists learned that Canadian immigrants to Israel are routinely asked to turn over their passports for Mossad use. Norman Spector, the first Jewish Canadian to serve as ambassador to Israel (from 1992 to 1995), confirmed this but then alleged that Canadian authorities are aware of it and turn a blind eye. In a series of media statements bound to complicate the lives of hundreds of Canadians living and working in 45 Muslim countries around the globe, Spector suggested that Canada's intelligence service actively cooperates with Israeli agents. He told the Toronto Star that "there has been an attempt to sort of cover up all of this right from the beginning."

Spector, who now is the publisher of the Jerusalem Post, claimed in numerous media interviews and in his columns in the Jerusalem Post and the Globe and Mail that he knows from experience that there is extensive "active" cooperation between Mossad and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Even chargé d'affaires Viveash admitted that the CSIS is "in touch" with its Israeli counterpart and cooperates with it in combatting terrorism, drug traffic and other crimes. He told the Jerusalem Post that "Canada has security cooperation with a number of allies."

Arab Canadian groups have been complaining for some time about that close cooperation. Immigration Canada uses information supplied by Mossad, which is known to plant disinformation for political purposes, in considering refugee and immigration claims from Israel and Palestine. Spector seemed to confirm this in his Nov. 7 column in the Globe and Mail when he wrote:


Canadian immigrants to Israel are routinely asked to turn over their passports for Mossad use.
"For its part, Canada is reluctant to have it known that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) shares information with its counterparts around the world, including with Israel's Mossad. Most of the information provided by Israel is routine, although it can be very helpful in rooting out terrorists and other undesirable elements who wish to take advantage of Canada's liberal immigration policies. On occasion, however, the information can be especially valuable. Israel has supplied information in the past that allowed Canadian authorities to uncover spies operating in Canada. Israeli operational agents have been given to understand that the use of Canadian passports is the quid pro quo."

Foreign Minister Axworthy, who is on record as stating that CSIS shares information with Mossad about terrorism but "does not undertake any kind of overseas operation," has brushed aside Spector's comments as irresponsible and threatening the safety of Canadians abroad.

But Spector won't be shushed. "It goes beyond information sharing," claims Spector. "There are joint operations." He has reported, for instance, that there was a CSIS operative working for him at the Tel Aviv embassy and that he was a witness to "a lot" of CSIS activities. Spector, who also served as former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's chief of staff, said that Canadians do not know of Canada's obligations pursuant to its commitments at the Sharm el-Sheikh anti-terrorism summit in March 1996.

Some Canadian commentators suggest that 48-year-old Spector's aim is to embarrass the current government and sell his newspaper, which has a circulation of 30,000. The first charge is leveled because he was removed from his post as ambassador to Israel by the incoming Liberal government in 1995 to make room for its own political appointee. Spector claims that his objective in "coming out" is to ensure that Foreign Minister Axworthy does not get away with "pulling the wool over Canadians' eyes." He told the Toronto Star that he is driven by his new vocation as a journalist whose role is "exposing lies, writing about the facts and gaining a hearing for one's views."

Spector appears to tailor his comments to suit his readers, however. In his columns in Canada and comments to Canadian journalists, he gives the impression that he is concerned about Canada's interests. He goes so far as to suggest that Israel has not apologized properly and has not given its commitment not to use Canadian passports.

When he addresses Israeli audiences, however, Spector appears to justify the use of Canadian passports. For instance, he told the Jerusalem Post that Canada's reaction to the passport fiasco raises questions as to Prime Minister Chrétien's commitments made at the Sharm el-Shaikh anti-terrorism summit in March 1996. He also pointed out that Canadian passports were used to rescue U.S. diplomats from Tehran in the 1980s. "If Israel had asked Canada for permission to use its passports in an anti-Hamas operation, would it have complied?" Spector asked rhetorically to the Jerusalem Post. "Is Canada with us or against us?"

Some observers, including the Toronto Star, are calling on the government to order a parliamentary inquiry into Spector's allegations. The Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a watchdog agency set up to monitor the activities of CSIS, has asked CSIS to respond to the allegations. If Spector's allegations that CSIS participated in "overt" operations with the Mossad are true, notes Ron Atkey, a former head of the SIRC, the CSIS has acted illegally.


Mossad's Use of Canadian Passports Quickly Forgiven

By John Dirlik
The use of forged Canadian passports by Israeli agents in their September assassination attempt on a Hamas leader in Jordan initially prompted a stern rebuke from Ottawa. In an unprecedented move, Canada's ambassador to Israel, David Berger, was recalled home, and his Israeli counterpart was called in by senior foreign affairs officials to express Canada's anger.

"We take great exception to the use of the reputation of Canadian passports for these sorts of things," said Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy, who said Canada did not rule out other "options" like economic sanctions and imposing visa requirements on Israeli visitors. "Let's come to a clear understanding that it will not be done again," Axworthy said. "And I want some satisfaction on that before Mr. Berger will return."

But despite the tough talk, less than a week later the foreign minister announced in the House of Commons that he accepted what he called a letter of "apology" from his counterpart, Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy, paving the way for the return of Ambassador Berger to the Jewish state. Axworthy refused to table the letter or divulge its contents, citing diplomatic protocol. "The [Israeli] minister first apologized for the fact that any misuse of our passports may have caused inconvenience or problems of safety for any Canadian citizens," said Axworthy. "Second, [Levy] agreed that Israel now undertake measures to ensure it will never happen again."

Opposition leaders in Ottawa expressed dissatisfaction with Levy's response, especially after a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Minister said that the letter was not a "direct apology" but rather an "expression of regret." Preston Manning of the Reform Party said Levy's remarks were "unacceptable to Canada" and urged Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to press Netanyahu for a clear and unequivocal position. The harshest rebuke came from NDP leader Alexa McDonough, who complained that "our Canadian passport has become the passport of preference for international terrorists." She said that it's "puzzling" the prime minister was not demanding an "absolute assurance" that Israel will never again "rip off Canadian passports for terrorist purposes."

Responding to charges that Israel's actions compromised the safety of Canadians in the Middle East, Axworthy insisted he had made it clear to Arab nations that the passports were forgeries and that Canada had no involvement whatsoever in the operation.

That reassurance did not satisfy some Canadians working in the area, who have reported being accosted by suspicious Jordanians. "It's not the governments I have to deal with," said Ann Kindrachuck, a consultant for the Canada Fund. "It's regular people...who just know that somehow Canada was involved in this affair. They are not going to pick up the finer points of statements in Ottawa about forged documents. All they know is that a group of people with Canadian passports have been found to be Israeli agents."


The Israeli letter was not a "direct apology" but rather an "expression of regret."
Sandra Ballantyne, a physiotherapist in the West Bank, put it this way. "I think Israel treated Canada like dirt here...If they're going to go around killing people, they have no right to get us involved in their filth."

Both Canadians said their safety was further jeopardized when Norman Spector, a former Canadian ambassador to Israel, speculated there was Canadian complicity in the forged passport affair. Spector who, like current Ambassador Berger, is Jewish, is the publisher of the Jerusalem Post. He charged that the Canadian government has known for years its passports were being used by Mossad, but chose to "turn a blind eye" because it receives valuable information from Mossad such as background checks on would-be immigrants.

"You have to pay for that information, primarily by trading information," Spector said. "Canada doesn't have much information to share, and so it had to get involved in joint operations." Spector conceded, however, that Canadian officials would not have been aware that forged passports would be used in any assassination attempt.

The incident in Amman was not the first time that Israeli agents have been caught using Canadian passports. The first time was in Lillehammer, Norway, when Israeli agents shot to death a Moroccan waiter they mistook for a Palestinian they believed was involved in the 1972 killing of Israeli athletes in Munich. At that time Canada sought—and received—assurances from Israel that its passports would not be used again.


Satisfactory Assurances?
At a news conference in Jerusalem, Axworthy and Levy were asked by reporters why Canada should believe Israel's pledges now when it had not kept them in the past. Axworthy responded he was satisfied with Israel's assurances because they have been translated into "specific actions," referring to Levy's promise that Israel would hold an inquiry on the Amman affair.

For his part, Levy avoided the question and instead cited Israel's "unique situation" as a country plagued by terrorist attacks. Seeming to imply that Canada had not done enough to fight terrorism, Levy said that "We repeatedly turn to governments to prevent the capacity of these [organizations] from acting against us, but we are not always successful, and we are sometimes forced to take our own actions to protect our own citizens."

In the meantime, Canada's ambassador to Israel was back at his post, saying it's time to resume "business as usual." Speaking to reporters on his arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, David Berger said, "We consider the matter closed."


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Faisal Kutty is a Toronto-based lawyer and free-lance writer.


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John Dirlik, a free-lance writer based in Quebec, writes on Canadian and Middle Eastern affairs.

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At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's more... Sorry for posting so much, but news like this does NOT make it in 'lamestream media'. I wanted to document it in as many places as possible, so that many more eyes can see for themselves. Jew-controlled media is NOTORIOUSLY GUILTY of censorship, manipulation, and lies. So here we go boys and girls....

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1998, Pages 26-27

Mossad's Use of Canadian Passports: Two Reports

Canadian Press Calls for Inquiry into Allegations Regarding Mossad Use of Passports

By Faisal Kutty

Until last Sept. 25 a Canadian passport was considered one of the safest travel documents available. That was the day on which members of a Mossad assassination squad using altered passports of Canadian Jewish residents of Israel botched an attempt to murder Khaled Meshal, the political chief of the Hamas Islamic movement, in Amman. Now, according to Canadian press reports, including an article titled "Are Canadians in Jeopardy?" in Maclean's, Canadians traveling in the Middle East are already encountering difficulties.

The failed mission carried out on Jordanian territory had the blessings of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who accepted "final responsibility" for the decision. The murder bid not only strained relations with Israel's friendliest Arab neighbor, it also raised concerns in Canada. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy reacted by recalling Canada's ambassador, David Berger, on Oct. 2. David Viveash, Canadian chargé d'affaires in Tel Aviv, said "the whole affair has raised a number of questions for Canada." One concern was how Israel's Mossad came into possession of Canadian passports. According to Viveash, Canada has "protested vigorously" the use of Canadian passports by counterintelligence agents for the past 30 years.

The Mossad obviously concluded that the protests did not apply to Israel. Canadian journalists learned that Canadian immigrants to Israel are routinely asked to turn over their passports for Mossad use. Norman Spector, the first Jewish Canadian to serve as ambassador to Israel (from 1992 to 1995), confirmed this but then alleged that Canadian authorities are aware of it and turn a blind eye. In a series of media statements bound to complicate the lives of hundreds of Canadians living and working in 45 Muslim countries around the globe, Spector suggested that Canada's intelligence service actively cooperates with Israeli agents. He told the Toronto Star that "there has been an attempt to sort of cover up all of this right from the beginning."

Spector, who now is the publisher of the Jerusalem Post, claimed in numerous media interviews and in his columns in the Jerusalem Post and the Globe and Mail that he knows from experience that there is extensive "active" cooperation between Mossad and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Even chargé d'affaires Viveash admitted that the CSIS is "in touch" with its Israeli counterpart and cooperates with it in combatting terrorism, drug traffic and other crimes. He told the Jerusalem Post that "Canada has security cooperation with a number of allies."

Arab Canadian groups have been complaining for some time about that close cooperation. Immigration Canada uses information supplied by Mossad, which is known to plant disinformation for political purposes, in considering refugee and immigration claims from Israel and Palestine. Spector seemed to confirm this in his Nov. 7 column in the Globe and Mail when he wrote:

Canadian immigrants to Israel are routinely asked to turn over their passports for Mossad use.

"For its part, Canada is reluctant to have it known that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) shares information with its counterparts around the world, including with Israel's Mossad. Most of the information provided by Israel is routine, although it can be very helpful in rooting out terrorists and other undesirable elements who wish to take advantage of Canada's liberal immigration policies. On occasion, however, the information can be especially valuable. Israel has supplied information in the past that allowed Canadian authorities to uncover spies operating in Canada. Israeli operational agents have been given to understand that the use of Canadian passports is the quid pro quo."

Foreign Minister Axworthy, who is on record as stating that CSIS shares information with Mossad about terrorism but "does not undertake any kind of overseas operation," has brushed aside Spector's comments as irresponsible and threatening the safety of Canadians abroad.

But Spector won't be shushed. "It goes beyond information sharing," claims Spector. "There are joint operations." He has reported, for instance, that there was a CSIS operative working for him at the Tel Aviv embassy and that he was a witness to "a lot" of CSIS activities. Spector, who also served as former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's chief of staff, said that Canadians do not know of Canada's obligations pursuant to its commitments at the Sharm el-Sheikh anti-terrorism summit in March 1996.

Some Canadian commentators suggest that 48-year-old Spector's aim is to embarrass the current government and sell his newspaper, which has a circulation of 30,000. The first charge is leveled because he was removed from his post as ambassador to Israel by the incoming Liberal government in 1995 to make room for its own political appointee. Spector claims that his objective in "coming out" is to ensure that Foreign Minister Axworthy does not get away with "pulling the wool over Canadians' eyes." He told the Toronto Star that he is driven by his new vocation as a journalist whose role is "exposing lies, writing about the facts and gaining a hearing for one's views."

Spector appears to tailor his comments to suit his readers, however. In his columns in Canada and comments to Canadian journalists, he gives the impression that he is concerned about Canada's interests. He goes so far as to suggest that Israel has not apologized properly and has not given its commitment not to use Canadian passports.

When he addresses Israeli audiences, however, Spector appears to justify the use of Canadian passports. For instance, he told the Jerusalem Post that Canada's reaction to the passport fiasco raises questions as to Prime Minister Chrétien's commitments made at the Sharm el-Shaikh anti-terrorism summit in March 1996. He also pointed out that Canadian passports were used to rescue U.S. diplomats from Tehran in the 1980s. "If Israel had asked Canada for permission to use its passports in an anti-Hamas operation, would it have complied?" Spector asked rhetorically to the Jerusalem Post. "Is Canada with us or against us?"

Some observers, including the Toronto Star, are calling on the government to order a parliamentary inquiry into Spector's allegations. The Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a watchdog agency set up to monitor the activities of CSIS, has asked CSIS to respond to the allegations. If Spector's allegations that CSIS participated in "overt" operations with the Mossad are true, notes Ron Atkey, a former head of the SIRC, the CSIS has acted illegally.

Mossad's Use of Canadian Passports Quickly Forgiven

By John Dirlik

The use of forged Canadian passports by Israeli agents in their September assassination attempt on a Hamas leader in Jordan initially prompted a stern rebuke from Ottawa. In an unprecedented move, Canada's ambassador to Israel, David Berger, was recalled home, and his Israeli counterpart was called in by senior foreign affairs officials to express Canada's anger.

"We take great exception to the use of the reputation of Canadian passports for these sorts of things," said Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy, who said Canada did not rule out other "options" like economic sanctions and imposing visa requirements on Israeli visitors. "Let's come to a clear understanding that it will not be done again," Axworthy said. "And I want some satisfaction on that before Mr. Berger will return."

But despite the tough talk, less than a week later the foreign minister announced in the House of Commons that he accepted what he called a letter of "apology" from his counterpart, Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy, paving the way for the return of Ambassador Berger to the Jewish state. Axworthy refused to table the letter or divulge its contents, citing diplomatic protocol. "The [Israeli] minister first apologized for the fact that any misuse of our passports may have caused inconvenience or problems of safety for any Canadian citizens," said Axworthy. "Second, [Levy] agreed that Israel now undertake measures to ensure it will never happen again."

Opposition leaders in Ottawa expressed dissatisfaction with Levy's response, especially after a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Minister said that the letter was not a "direct apology" but rather an "expression of regret." Preston Manning of the Reform Party said Levy's remarks were "unacceptable to Canada" and urged Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to press Netanyahu for a clear and unequivocal position. The harshest rebuke came from NDP leader Alexa McDonough, who complained that "our Canadian passport has become the passport of preference for international terrorists." She said that it's "puzzling" the prime minister was not demanding an "absolute assurance" that Israel will never again "rip off Canadian passports for terrorist purposes."

Responding to charges that Israel's actions compromised the safety of Canadians in the Middle East, Axworthy insisted he had made it clear to Arab nations that the passports were forgeries and that Canada had no involvement whatsoever in the operation.

That reassurance did not satisfy some Canadians working in the area, who have reported being accosted by suspicious Jordanians. "It's not the governments I have to deal with," said Ann Kindrachuck, a consultant for the Canada Fund. "It's regular people...who just know that somehow Canada was involved in this affair. They are not going to pick up the finer points of statements in Ottawa about forged documents. All they know is that a group of people with Canadian passports have been found to be Israeli agents."

The Israeli letter was not a "direct apology" but rather an "expression of regret."

Sandra Ballantyne, a physiotherapist in the West Bank, put it this way. "I think Israel treated Canada like dirt here...If they're going to go around killing people, they have no right to get us involved in their filth."

Both Canadians said their safety was further jeopardized when Norman Spector, a former Canadian ambassador to Israel, speculated there was Canadian complicity in the forged passport affair. Spector who, like current Ambassador Berger, is Jewish, is the publisher of the Jerusalem Post. He charged that the Canadian government has known for years its passports were being used by Mossad, but chose to "turn a blind eye" because it receives valuable information from Mossad such as background checks on would-be immigrants.

"You have to pay for that information, primarily by trading information," Spector said. "Canada doesn't have much information to share, and so it had to get involved in joint operations." Spector conceded, however, that Canadian officials would not have been aware that forged passports would be used in any assassination attempt.

The incident in Amman was not the first time that Israeli agents have been caught using Canadian passports. The first time was in Lillehammer, Norway, when Israeli agents shot to death a Moroccan waiter they mistook for a Palestinian they believed was involved in the 1972 killing of Israeli athletes in Munich. At that time Canada sought—and received—assurances from Israel that its passports would not be used again.

Satisfactory Assurances?

At a news conference in Jerusalem, Axworthy and Levy were asked by reporters why Canada should believe Israel's pledges now when it had not kept them in the past. Axworthy responded he was satisfied with Israel's assurances because they have been translated into "specific actions," referring to Levy's promise that Israel would hold an inquiry on the Amman affair.

For his part, Levy avoided the question and instead cited Israel's "unique situation" as a country plagued by terrorist attacks. Seeming to imply that Canada had not done enough to fight terrorism, Levy said that "We repeatedly turn to governments to prevent the capacity of these [organizations] from acting against us, but we are not always successful, and we are sometimes forced to take our own actions to protect our own citizens."

In the meantime, Canada's ambassador to Israel was back at his post, saying it's time to resume "business as usual." Speaking to reporters on his arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, David Berger said, "We consider the matter closed."
Faisal Kutty is a Toronto-based lawyer and free-lance writer.

John Dirlik, a free-lance writer based in Quebec, writes on Canadian and Middle Eastern affairs.

 
At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Stalin had the decency to haul his victims off to camps before executing them. Anyone who still thinks England isn't a communist police state now is deluding themselves.

 
At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

I would consider England and the United States more like corporate terrorist police states, than communist police states.

 
At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The correct word for it is "Plutocracy", in which:

'Jurusalem' is the capital of 'Israel'
'Tel Aviv' is the capital of both UK and USA

 
At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

I would say the United States has made the cities of their favorite Coporate Terrorists it's capitols including Bentonville, Arkansas (Walmart) and Sioux Falls South Dakota (Citibank). The terrorists in charge of the United States will do whatever it takes to make themselves and their corporate terrorist friends richer.

 

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