"We believe Al Qaeda continues to have a terrorist infrastructure in Canada, one with documented links to the U.S. While many border security measures have been implemented since 9/11, the vast expanse of the 4,000-mile-long U.S. northern border, with eighty-six points of entry and various unofficial crossings, may still provide opportunities for operatives to penetrate U.S. national security, particularly if Western passports are used."
--The FBI, in a classified bulletin
"Cold Terror will shock the conscience of a nation. In terrifying detail, it shows how the world’s terrorists have made themselves at home in Canada—and how they have been made welcome by cowardly politicians."
--David Frum, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of, with Richard Perle, An End to Evil: What’s Next in the War on Terror
"Stewart Bell’s clarion call for action needs to be heeded before the ticking Canadian terrorist time bomb blows up closer to home. If Canadian terrorists aren’t stopped before they use weapons of mass destruction in the United States, we’ll have far bigger problems than keeping the border open for trade."
--Patrick Grady, The Globe and Mail
From the Inside Flap
"With perhaps the singular exception of the United States, there are more international terrorist groups active in Canada than any other country in the world."
—Ward Elcock, former director of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service
On June 2, 2006, police tactical teams began a series of raids in Canada's largest city. Eighteen suspects were taken into custody and charged with being part of an Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist group that was plotting to storm the Parliament Buildings and detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto.
The world was shocked by the arrests, but to those in the know they were simply a reminder of Canada's recurring problem with terrorism. Indeed, while 9/11 shook the world, until that infamous day the worst terror attack in modern history was the work of Canadians--the June 23, 1985 bombing of two passenger planes that claimed 331 lives. And that is just one example of Canadian terror.
For over two decades, international terrorist organizations have operated on Canada's soil--the Babbar Khalsa, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Tamil Tigers, Algerian GIA, Al Jihad and Al Qaeda--raising money, recruiting and planning acts of deadly violence. Although Canadian security agencies are highly regarded internationally, the threat posed by made-in-terror reamins a concern even to Western allies, particularly the United States.
Why have terrorist networks been able to flourish in Canada? How do they threaten Canada's allies and neighbor? Who are the central figures and what have they been up to? What are Canada's policy makers, and their security and intelligence forces, doing to disrupt terrorist operations?
Award-winning investigative journalist Stewart Bell, who has been writing about terrorism since the late 1980s, tackles these questions and more in his hard-hitting, well-researched and engaging book. Reporting from Canada's multicultural cities as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, he goes deep inside the terrorist underworld that operates in his native country.
His findings are disturbing and incontrovertible: terrorist groups have long targeted Canada as a wealthy safe haven for their operations. And now Canada, like other Western nations, is facing the daunting threat of homegrown terrroism.
This updated edition of the critically acclaimed best-seller first published in 2004 is a must-read for anyone who wants to see how terrorist networks can infiltrate, corrupt and exploit an unguarded nation, and the carnage that results.