B.C. legislature terror plot
Surrey bomb suspects embody new breed of hard-to-detect terrorists: intelligence expert 0
BC RCMP Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout (right) looks over at a photo after announcing two Individuals had been arrested for Terrorism-related Charges at a press conference at RCMP-E-Division in Surrey , British Columbia, Tuesday July 2, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
It was a terrorist plot involving pressure cookers and rusty nails — a scheme allegedly hatched by a recovering addict with a methadone prescription and a man with an extensive criminal record ranging from robbery to assault.
But no matter the level of sophistication involved in Amanda Korody and John Nuttall’s alleged plans to plant crude bombs at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Canada Day, intelligence experts are confident law enforcement agencies can tackle even more complex cases.
“The (intelligence-gathering) systems have adjusted really well in post 9-11,” said Ray Boisvert, a former director with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
“The problem, of course, is that we’re shifting to lone actors and small teams, which are far harder to detect.”
Korody and Nuttall, both Surrey residents, were arrested Monday in Abbotsford and face charges of facilitating terrorist activity, possession of an explosive device and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Police described the pair as “self-radicalized” individuals inspired by al-Qaida ideology.
But RCMP had been monitoring the pair for months as they allegedly built “inert” explosive devices under the “tight control” of RCMP.
“Frankly, I don’t care if they have an IQ of 83,” Boisvert said. “They seemed to show exceptional capability and good intent.”