And at least one of them is naming names:
One piece of intelligence to support Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan's recent warning that Canada may already be in the crosshairs of terrorist groups comes from Morocco.
On May 16, 2003, five bombs exploded in the Moroccan capital of Casablanca, killing 45 people. An organization known as the Moroccan Combatant Group was blamed for the attacks, and subsequently, for engineering a March 11, 2004, terror attack in Madrid, in which 10 bombs shredded rush hour trains, killing 191 people.
According to recent reports, one of the group's captured leaders, Nouredine Nfia, has told Moroccan authorities the organization had sleeper cells prepared to mount synchronized attacks in Britain, France, Italy, Belgium and Canada.
Nfia allegedly told Moroccan authorities that agents were in place in Ottawa and Montreal.
The information attributed to Nfia first surfaced last year in the Moroccan newspaper, Le Maroc. It reported that Nfia, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the Casablanca bombings, had offered authorities a detailed picture of the workings of the Moroccan Combatants Group.
Nfia allegedly told Moroccan officials that the group had sleeper cells in Britain, Belgium, France, Italy and Canada.
According to the newspaper, Nfia identified the Ottawa sleeper only as "Abdeslam the Canadian." The Montreal sleeper agent was identified as Adil Charkaoui, a Montreal university student and Moroccan immigrant who was arrested in May 2003 on the strength of a national security certificate. According to information supplied by Nfia, and published by Le Maroc, Charkaoui was in charge of logistics for the Canadian cell.
The Moroccan authorities think Nfia's claims are credible (even if they had to beat the information out of him). CSIS thinks Nfia is telling the truth, too.
But our chattering classes, who pride themselves on their cosmopolitanism, suddenly develop the most parochial worldview when ever it's suggested that maybe not everybody loves us as much as we love ourselves.
Does Al-Qaeda have to bomb The Annex and Outremont before they get the picture?
Source: The Windsor Star