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.