BRAMPTON -- The Mississauga man who took part in a conspiracy to blow up prominent landmarks in Toronto's downtown told court yesterday he made "a huge mistake" as his lawyer asked for a two-year prison term for his client.
Saad Khalid, 23, told a Brampton courtroom he accepted responsibility for his role in the domestic terror plot to detonate bombs outside the Toronto Stock Exchange and CSIS headquarters, as well as an unnamed Ontario military base, in 2006.
Khalid said he wanted people to know his true motives: his "disagreement" with Canada's foreign policy, specifically Afghanistan. "I was not motivated by a hate for Canada," Khalid read from a prepared speech. "I am not a lunatic who is hell-bent on the destruction of western civilization."
Fearing his days were "numbered" and his arrest imminent, the alleged ringleader of a homegrown terror cell wanted to forge ahead and build explosives to carry out a "mission" that included an attack on Ottawa, a Brampton court was told yesterday.
"I'm just gonna go all out with the mission call, man, like fully all out," he is overheard saying in an electronic intercept. "If we had more money, guy, I would have just strapped up, like, as many people as possible. ... 'Cause this is tense."The tension had been mounting since he'd learned that two American associates, Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Sadeque, were arrested on terrorism-related charges. It was just a matter of time before police moved in on him, he suspected.
That's why, on April 25, 2006 the alleged ringleader of the Toronto 18 spoke of preparing explosives destined for Ottawa with Mubin Shaikh, a police informant he believed was a co-conspirator in the plot. The explosives could be built within a week out of fuel containers filled with broken glass, nails, metal filings and ball bearings. He said he needed five guys for the mission.
The article said the men discussed terror strikes in the United States, including attacks on oil refineries and military bases, and planned to disable the Global Positioning System (GPS), which would disrupt military and commercial communications and air traffic.
During the intercept, the alleged ringleader suggests he is one of the three men referred to and says the Americans stayed with him for two weeks. He said
Sadequee had attended high school in Ajax and that he was "very, very tight" with him. Contrary to the report, he said, they never discussed attacking oil refineries, but he did take credit for coming up with the GPS idea.
He went on to reveal that the Americans were planning to attack the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, adding, "That's pure airborne, man."
Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Sadequee in Atlanta GA were Georgia Tech (GT) Students, GT has numerous programs with the CDC in Atlanta along with numerous programs were GT students can work on research programs at the CDC, can you say inside job. Smallpox is the only infectious disease in human history to be eradicated.
In the past few weeks, however, some in the medical and defense communities have expressed concern that clandestine stocks of weaponized variola virus could be used by terrorists or rogue states against civilians. Two official repositories of the smallpox virus have been authorized by the World Health Organization at the CDC in Atlanta and the Vector laboratory in Russia.