NOTE The following text is a quote:
RCMP Arrests Two Individuals for Terrorism-related Charges
2013-07-02 10:11 PDT
A/Commr. James Malizia
A/Commr. Wayne Rideout
On July 1st, the RCMP arrested two individuals and charged them with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack. The two accused John Stuart Nuttall and Amanda Korody, who live in Surrey, British Columbia, took steps to build explosive devices and place them at the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria where crowds were expected to gather on Canada Day.
Charges against these individuals include conspiring to place an explosive in or against a place of public use, a government or public facility, with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, for the benefit of, at the direction or in association with a terrorist group. They have been charged under Sections 431.2(2), 83.19 and 81(1)(d) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
I want to reassure our citizens that at all times during the investigation, our primary focus was the safety and protection of the public. While the RCMP believes this threat was real, at no time was the security of the public at risk, stated Assistant Commissioner James Malizia, responsible for Federal Policing Operations. These arrests are another example of the effectiveness of our Integrated National Security Enforcement Team who worked tenaciously to prevent this plan from being carried out.
The RCMP investigation named Project SOUVENIR, was coordinated by the RCMP-led Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSET) in British Columbia and initiated with information from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The RCMP would like to thank its INSET partners in British Columbia for their tremendous support throughout this investigation.
It is very important that Canadians remain vigilant, added Assistant Commissioner Malizia. We encourage the active engagement of all our citizens in protecting Canadas national security as it is a shared responsibility.
The public is always urged to bring any suspicious activities to the RCMPs attention through the National Security Information Network (1-800-420-5805) or by contacting the police in their community.
For further information:
RCMP E Division Media Relations - 778-290-2929
RCMP National Media Relations - 613-843-5999
High resolution images for media to download
Comments from Assistant Commissioner James Malizia
Good afternoon and thank you all for being here.
On July 1st, the RCMP arrested and charged John Stuart Nuttall and Amanda Korody for terrorism-related activities, including taking steps to build and subsequently place explosive devices at a pre-determined public location in the City of Victoria in British Columbia for the purpose of causing death or serious bodily injuries on Canada Day.
These charges are the result of an RCMP investigation named project SOUVENIR, which was launched in February 2013 based on information received from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
These individuals were inspired by Al Qaeda ideology. Our investigation demonstrated that this was a domestic threat, without international linkages.
I want to reassure our citizens that at all times during the investigation, our primary focus was the safety and protection of the public. While the RCMP believes this threat was real, at no time was the security of the public at risk.
These arrests are another example of the effectiveness of our Integrated National Security Enforcement Team who worked tenaciously to prevent this plan from being carried out. We detected the threat early and disrupted it. On behalf of the RCMP, I want to express our appreciation to CSIS and all our partners for their tremendous support throughout this investigation. I also want to express my gratitude to everyone who worked tirelessly on this case for their commitment, expertise and dedication.
It is very important that Canadians remain vigilant. We encourage the active engagement of all of our citizens in protecting Canadas national security as this is a shared responsibility. We urge the public to bring any suspicious activities to the RCMPs attention through our National Security Information Network (1-800-420-5805) or by contacting the police in their communities.
I would now invite Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout to share some of the details of the investigation.
Comments from Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout
This has been a priority investigation for the RCMP that included a number of partnerships who all place public safety first and foremost.
INSETs mandate is to detect, deter and dismantle terrorist activities. John NUTTALL and Amanda KORODY, who are both Canadian-born citizens have been charged with the following:
Count 1: John NUTTALL and Amanda KORODY did conspire to place an explosive in or against a place of public use, a government or public facility, with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury; in connection to terrorism.
Count 2: John NUTTALL and Amanda KORODY did knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity,
Count 3: John NUTTALL and Amanda KORODY did make or have in their possession an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.
This self-radicalized behaviour was intended to create maximum impact and harm to Canadian citizens at the BC Legislature on a National holiday. They took steps to educate themselves and produced explosive devices designed to cause injury and death.
The RCMP deployed significant resources over the past five months.
The suspects were committed to acts of violence and discussed a wide variety of targets and techniques.
In order to ensure public safety, we employed a variety of complex investigative and covert techniques to control any opportunity the suspects had to commit harm.
These devices were completely under our control, they were inert, and at no time represented a threat to public safety.
We all agree that crimes of this nature are not acceptable as they work to destroy the very foundation to a safe and peaceful society. While these charges are shocking, they are still rare. Nevertheless, that doesnt remove the need to remain vigilant and we are out there to ensure nothing happens to Canadians.
We would also like to recognize our community partners. We have worked hard over the years to strengthen and build our relationships with various citizen and community groups. We have met with a number of leaders this morning and provided them with an update and truly appreciate their support.
I am mindful that charges are currently before the courts. As a result, there are a series of details I cannot discuss in order to ensure a successful prosecution.
“RCMP foil alleged al-Qaeda inspired terror plot to bomb B.C. Canada Day celebrations”
Josh Visser | 13/07/02 | Last Updated: 13/07/02 4:18 PM ET
SNIPPET: “The accused are Canadian-born, police said, and said they had no contact with international terrorist organizations but were inspired by Al-Qaeda.
Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout described the pair as self-radicalized.”
SNIPPET: “The pair live in Surrey, B.C. and we arrested in nearby Abbotsford.
Nutall has a 2010 conviction for possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, among other criminal convictions, the Vancouver Sun reports.”
Another good job, RCMP and all the agencies, involved.
Previously... an unrelated case in Canada/New York:
“Al Qaeda-linked plot to attack passenger train broken up by Canadian,US”
Fox - non State Media ^ | April 22 2013 | FNS
Posted on April 22, 2013 3:06:15 PM PDT by NoLibZone
Note: Video included at link.
“Details emerge on couple behind Canada terror plot”
By DAVID BARNETT
July 3, 2013 10:20 AM
SNIPPET: “Morino also revealed that Nuttall, born in 1974, is a “convert to Islam,” according to the Associated Press. Although Morino did not know if Korody, born in 1983, had also converted, the Toronto Star reported that “[a]n acquaintance of Korody’s from high school said she believed Korody converted to Islam about three years ago.” When Nuttall and Korody first moved into the basement dwelling “he was not a practising Muslim, but converted to Islam about two years ago,” the Vancouver Sun reported.”
SNIPPET: “Morino said that he was “not aware of any mosque with which he [Nuttall] is affiliated,” but according to the Vancouver Sun the suspects’ landlady said the couple “visited a local mosque and listened to radical Islamist tapes in their basement suite.” Korody would wear a burkah to the mosque, the landlady said.
Neighbors have said that Nuttall and Korody “wore traditional Muslim clothes or camouflage” and were [v]ery into guns and paintball,” a reporter for CKNW News Talk 980 in Vancouver tweeted on Tuesday evening. Additionally, one neighbor reportedly called the police once when Nuttall was “wandering up and down the street in the middle of the night, like two o’ clock in the morning, yelling into his cell phone about blowing things up ... talking about Canadian Forces and Islam right now and if this person on the phone didn’t give him the answers he wanted he was prepared to do whatever he had to do to get to the afterlife,” the neighbor said. Stefano Pasta, who previously played in a band with Nuttal, described him as “opinionated and political,” according to the CBC.
Nuttall is known to have a criminal history dating back to at least 1997, according to online court records.”
SNIPPET: “Both Nuttall and Korody will next appear in court on July 9.”