Rob Reacts to Terror Plot Against Him
Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier face multiple terror-related charges in the alleged plot to attack a VIA train that runs between Toronto and New York.
The FBI apprehended the two accused after years of surveillance and undercover work. Many conversations were recorded.
Yesterday during their trial, the court learned that on one walk, Jaser and the undercover agent discussed many things. They discussed the chaos that an attack on a train would cause and how it would lead to Canada and the US pulling troops from locations overseas.
They also discussed the idea of targeting Canadian politicians, due to the fact that they’re easily accessible.
“Here in Canada, it’s different. They do public speech(es),” Jaser says on the tape recorded by the agent’s body pack on Sept. 9, 2012. “There’s a gay parade, you find that they come to the gay parade, OK? The reason is because they feel safe, bunch of faggots.”
“You know what I mean? Who’s gonna attack them? They’re just like them,” he says. “That’s when we hit them. This is the plan. Also in the church…”
As an example, Jaser mentions the leader of the city, who was Ford at the time.
“The mayor of Toronto is useless. He takes the subway in Toronto,” Jaser says on the recording. “Yeah, these people are in Toronto. Canada is different. Canada is not the U.S. They don’t have these protective services but they feel safe. We’re gonna change that.”
However, Ford never really used the subway that often at all. His predecessor David Miller did quite often.
When councillor Rob Ford learned about this, he said “It’s disturbing, shocking. I’ve never hurt anyone…It really bothers me. I’ve got a young family. But it’s not the first time I’ve been threatened. But nobody’s gonna stop me from doing my job.”
While Ford says it wasn’t the first time he has received death threats he is stunned that he was never informed of the threats. Ford says “If they were following me, if my life was in danger, I would think that someone should have told me.”