Canadian Mounties Find Al Qaeda Cache

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian military may have discovered a huge amount of information on al Qaeda operations on a laptop they seized in February.

Mounties uncover ‘Al Qaeda’ cache (Toronto Star)

The RCMP and Canadian military believe they’ve discovered a vital cache of information on Al Qaeda that includes the whereabouts of wanted members and details of attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. The information is allegedly contained in a laptop, dozens of DVDs, audiocassettes and the pages of diaries, seized by the RCMP officers who met Zaynab Khadr at Pearson airport with a search warrant as she arrived back in Canada in February, court documents state.

Khadr is the eldest daughter of a family that has admitted close ties to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and whose patriarch was once believed to be the highest-ranking Canadian member of Al Qaeda. Her younger brother, Omar, is currently Canada’s only known detainee in the American camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

With the three-month time limit allotted to the federal police force to hold the items having now expired, the RCMP must go to a Toronto court this Friday to persuade a judge to allow them to continue doing a forensic evaluation of the seized materials. But Khadr’s lawyer Dennis Edney says the Mounties are on nothing more than a “fishing expedition,” and will argue that Khadr is entitled to her possessions.

Let’s hope this pans out.

James Joyner
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  2. wavemaker says:

    A “fishing expedition?” They’ve got a boatload of fish already. They just want to finish reeling them in.

    If the Canadian court does not permit them to continue, it will not be good for U.S.-Canada relations.

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  4. ljd says:

    …But we should close GITMO and let her brother Omar go, he’s obviously totally innocent!

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