Written by Paul Fromm
Friday, 31 July 2009 08:03
*CSIS Snoops Sniffing Around CAFE*

Dear Free Speech Supporter:

I'm furious!

Today Margaret, a long-time free speech supporter and friend in
Winnipeg, received a call from "Karen", a CSIS agent. "Karen" had seen
Margaret's name in the *Winnipeg Free Press* as a spokesman for CAFE during
a protest held June 23 outside Family Court in support efforts of a 26-year
old Winnipeg mother trying to regain custody of her children. The children
-- a girl 8 and a boy 3 -- were seized by Manitoba Child and Family Services
in March of 2008 after the girl came to school with a swastika painted in
magic marker on her wrist. Manitoba Family Services is seeking permanent
custody of the children alleging that the political views of their parents
may cause them emotional harm.

"Karen" wanted to know if Margaret was a member of CAFE. What did
CAFE stand for? Had she been to other CAFE meetings, etc.?

Margaret was outraged. She's a middle aged mother and grandmother,
angry at the intrusive arm of the state trying to take away a woman's
children as punishment for her political views. Most people would be scared
or intimidated by a visit from Canada's spooks, but not her.

The CSIS visit is pure political intimidation by an agency that now
acts as Ottawa's "political police."

Yes, there are threats to national security and CSIS should
investigate them. That's their mandate. The *CSIS Act of 1984* clearly
defines what is and is not a threat to national security. A government
statement captures the thrust of the *CSIS Act*. "National security", unlike
its meaning in many banana republics, does not mean opposition to government
policies. Indeed, *"the CSIS Act prohibits the Service from investigating
acts of advocacy, protest or dissent that are conducted lawfully*." CAFE is
a lawful advocacy group with a long track record. Founded in 1981, we
publish newsletters, hold meetings, and support the victims of Canada's
various anti-free speech laws. We have intervened and advocated at numerous
human rights hearings. We are dedicated to non-violence. The protest for the
Winnipeg mom was lawful and non-violent.

CSIS, by its own mandate, had absolutely no right to investigate CAFE
or to question Margaret.

It's important to note what does constitute a threat to national
security, as the *Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Backgrounder*(February, 2005) below makes clear:

1) Espionage -- spying for a foreign power. [CSIS, we hope, keeps an eye on
the numerous agents and techno-thieves working for Red China and the shadowy
Mossad network in Canada.]

2) Sabotage.

3) Foreign Influenced Activities. -- Um, what about the strident and
well-organized Israeli lobby in Canada, or the Israeli funded visits of
politicians, Supreme Court judges and Indian chiefs to Israel, clearly to
influence their opinions ?

4) Political violence and terrorism. This especially covers the advocacy or
practice of serious acts of violence (bombing, murder, assassination) in
order to advance one's political or religious views.

*None of these applies to CAFE. Therefore, CAFE's activities should be
of absolutely no concern to CSIS*.

The questioning of Margaret, sadly, is no aberration. Movement
activists have been paid visits for years by CSIS agents. Some have been
offered money to spy on others conducting perfectly legal advocacy.

CSIS paid Grant Bristow a fortune in the early '90s to infiltrate the
Heritage Front, a White nationalist group. His actions provoked and
encouraged low level violence and conflict with the ARA (a government agent
promoting the very behaviours it's supposed to be trying to stop.) He was
the one who drew up and shopped around the notorious "hit list" of prominent

More recently, CSIS provided secret testimony at the Ernst Zundel
"security certificate" hearings, 2003-2004. CSIS deemed the German-born
pacifist and publisher a "terrorist" and threat to national security,
despite being unable to provide a single scrap of evidence from his much
surveilled and very public life where he ever advocated, practised or
facilitated violence.

It seems that, once again, with the questioning of Margaret, CSIS
cannot distinguish between non-violent dissent and threats to national
security. Maybe they should keep a closer eye on the tens of thousands of
Tamil activists who keep pictures of the non defunct Tamil Tiger leader in
shrines in their homes and who, on command from this violent foreign and now
banned in Canada terrorist group, illegally blocked streets and highways in
Toronto in May.

Paul Fromm

The Canadian way of life is founded upon a recognition of the rights and
freedoms of the individual. CSIS carries out its role of protecting that way
of life with respect for those values. To ensure this balanced approach, the
*CSIS Act* strictly limits the type of activity that may be investigated,
the ways that information can be collected and who may view the information.
The *Act* provides many controls to ensure adherence to these conditions.

*Information may be gathered, primarily under the authority of section 12 of
the CSIS Act, only about those individuals or organizations suspected of
engaging in one of the following types of activity that threaten the
security of Canada, as cited in section 2:*

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1. Espionage and Sabotage

*Espionage*: Activities conducted for the purpose of acquiring by unlawful
or unauthorized means information or assets relating to sensitive political,
economic, scientific or military matters, or for the purpose of their
unauthorized communication to a foreign state or foreign political

*Sabotage*: Activities conducted for the purpose of endangering the safety,
security or defence of vital public or private property, such as
installations, structures, equipment or systems.

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2. Foreign-influenced Activities

*Foreign-influenced activities*: Activities detrimental to the interests of
Canada, and which are directed, controlled, financed or otherwise
significantly affected by a foreign state or organization, their agents or
others working on their behalf.

*For example*: Foreign governments or groups which interfere with or direct
the affairs of ethnic communities within Canada by pressuring members of
those communities. Threats may also be made against relatives living abroad.

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3. Political Violence and Terrorism

Threat or acts of serious violence may constitute attempts at compelling the
Canadian government to respond in a certain way. Acts of serious violence
cause grave bodily harm or death to persons, or serious damage to or the
destruction of public or private property, and are contrary to Canadian law
or would be if committed in Canada. Hostage-taking, bomb threats and
assassination attempts are examples of acts of serious violence that
endanger the lives of Canadians. Such actions have been used in an attempt
to force particular political responses and change in this country.

Exponents and supporters of political, religious or ideological violence may
try to use Canada as a haven or a base from which to plan or facilitate
violence in other countries.

Such actions compromise the safety of people living in Canada and the
capacity of the Canadian government to conduct its domestic and external

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4. Subversion

*Subversion*: Activities intended to undermine or overthrow Canada's
constitutionally established system of government by violence. Subversive
activities seek to interfere with or ultimately destroy the electoral,
legislative, executive, administrative or judicial processes or institutions
of Canada.
Lawful Protest and Advocacy

The *CSIS Act* prohibits the Service from investigating acts of advocacy,
protest or dissent that are conducted lawfully. CSIS may investigate these
types of actions only if they are carried out in conjunction with one of the
four previously identified types of activity. CSIS is especially sensitive
in distinguishing lawful protest and advocacy from potentially subversive
actions. Even when an investigation is warranted, it is carried out with
careful regard for the civil rights of those whose actions are being
investigated. [*Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Backgrounder*(February, 2005)]
Written by Paul Fromm
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 07:39
*Ashok's Ashes & Ethnic Cocooning Through All Eternity*

"Two Muslim groups in Toronto say they're having a hard time
finding land to build their own cemetery to honour their religious funeral
customs. The* Toronto Muslim Cemeteries Corporation* and the* Islamic
Society of North America* have spent more than a year shopping for tracts of
land on the outskirts of Toronto, where an estimated *300,000 *Muslims live.
...* ISNA* member *Abul Haq Ingar* said 20-acre to 50-acre sites that are
available are either prohibitively expensive or don't meet zoning
requirements for a cemetery. He told the newspaper as many as 4,000
gravesites are needed around the city each year and that Muslim families
have been burying their dead in non-denominational cemeteries. However,
those sites don't guarantee adherence to Muslim beliefs. Under Islam, bodies
must be buried within 24 hours of death and the head must point toward
Mecca. Cremation is forbidden." (*United Press International*, July 15,
2009) On the pro-cremation side, "members of the South Asian community in
Mississauga and across Ontario can now scatter the ashes of loved ones on
Crown lands and waterways after [the Ontario legislature] unveiled new
guidelines dealing with such rituals. But the Province's new rules, the
first such guidelines anywhere in Canada, also mandate that those conducting
such ceremonies — the practice is popular among Hindus, Sikhs and Tamils in
the *GTA* — do so in environmentally responsible fashion. In releasing the
cremated remains of loved ones at public parks or near rivers and lakes,
some families leave behind environmentally unfriendly items such as plastic
bags, metal statues and jewellery. ... Several years ago, residents living
along the Credit River in Mississauga and Brampton voiced concerns about
debris, including plastic statues, contaminating the river. ... According
to a 2006 census, Peel is home to about *300,000 *South Asians, a large
number of whom believe in cremation." (*Mississauga** News*, July 16, 2009)

But as always, every concession only opens the door to
further demands: "A section of the community, while welcoming the move, also
urged the authorities to take a speedy decision on the *long-standing
request to permit a purpose-built open-air crematorium alongside a waterway*
." (*South Asian Focus*, July 8, 2009) Oh please. No. Emissions from
conventional crematoria contain pollutants ranging from particulate matter,
volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur
dioxides, hydrogen chloride, heavy metals like cadmium, mercury and lead, as
well as dioxins and furans. With the increase of cremations of people who've
managed to hang onto heavily restored teeth into old age, mercury emissions
are on the rise. (In the UK, cremation is reckoned responsible for 18% of
total mercury emissions!) And since cremation is a combustion process of
organic matter, dioxin and furans may be formed during the process due to
incomplete combustion -- and we're speaking of super efficient modern
crematoriums here. The amateur sort are so bad they are actually falling out
of favour in India. "Nearly 20,000 Hindus die each day in this nation of 1
billion people. Each cremation requires an average of 650 pounds of wood.
The result is denuded forests, rivers clogging up with human ashes or even
body parts — and a wood trade said to be rife with corruption. ...
Varanasi, the holy city on the Ganges 395 miles southeast of New Delhi,
attracts hundreds of thousands of people who cremate their dead and pour the
ashes into the river to ensure *moksha*, the final liberation of the soul
from the endless cycle of reincarnation. The ashes of millions of dead have
helped turn the water into a stinking, polluted swirl. Worse, since wood is
scarce and expensive, bodies sometimes are thrown into the river
half-burned. 'Apart from the ashes, this is an even bigger environmental
hazard for the Ganges River,' said Sunita Narain, an activist with the
Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi" (*CBS News*, July 21,

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* *

* * * **And there it is folks -- multiculturalism keeps
immigrant communities replicating retrograde behaviours which their own
countries are trying to evolve beyond. In the UK, Davender Kumar Ghai has
been waging a one man campaign for open air cremation ghats for years. He
immigrated to Britain from Uganda in 1958 -- that's 51 years ago, if
anyone's interested. "The single-storey council house in Gosforth, a suburb
of Newcastle upon Tyne, looks just like any other prefab in the quiet
cul-de-sac. [Evidently an adherent of Kali,] Mr Ghai, dressed in simple
woollens and sitting on a throne of sculpted skulls, explained .... Many
Hindus believe that mechanical cremations lead to akal mrtyu (a bad death),
where the soul is forced to mingle with other souls because it has not been
able to escape. 'Open-air cremations are our birthright and our religious
right,' explained Mr Ghai. 'The soul has to be released from the skull and
allowed to go straight up into the air. Muslims and Jews have been given
their own graveyards, they have been allowed to deal with their dead
according to their religious needs, but Hindus have been ignored.' [In
2007, Mr. Ghai was turned down by Newcastle council and took his cause to
the High Court, claiming his human rights had been trampled. Mr. Ghai lost
again in May this year when the High Court decided in favour of health and
hygiene. Or maybe we're just too hopelessly backward.] Other supporters
believe resistance to the open-air cremations is purely conceptual. 'In the
Abrahamic faiths fire is something you associate with hell,' said Dr Anand,
one of Mr Ghai's followers who recently lost his son and was deeply upset
about having to cremate his body in a crematorium. '[Fire] is seen as a
punishment and I think that's why many Westerners prefer not to see the
actual cremation. But for us fire is something pure; it cleanses and
renews…..' One of the difficulties Mr Ghai's followers face is resistance
from leaders within their own community. Sikh and Hindu faith groups have
been reluctant to show their support for his legal battle. The Hindu
Academy has called open-air cremations an 'antiquated practice.'" (The
Independent, October 14, 2008)**


*This article appears in the July, 2009 issue of the CANADIAN IMMIGRATION
HOTLINE. Published monthly, the CANADIAN IMMIGRATION HOTLINE is available by
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Written by Paul Fromm
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 08:39
*The Rising Toll Of Sharia*

"*Zainab Shafii*, 19, and her two sisters *Sahar*, 17, and
*Geeti,*13, were found dead inside a car submerged in three feet of
water northeast
of Kingston on June 30. *Rona Amir Mohammed*, 52, was also found dead in the
car. Police confirmed that Rona Amir Mohammed was married to *Mohammed
Shafii*, the girls' father. Shafii is *also married* to *Tooba Mohamad Yahya
*, one of the three murder suspects. Both marriages are believed to have
taken place in Afghanistan. [The car] was discovered submerged in the *Rideau
Canal* on June 30, 2009, at around 9:30 a.m. It was in front of the
northernmost lock wall of the *Kingston Mills Locks*. The police learned
from the licence plate that the car was from Quebec and was registered
to *Mohammad
Shafii*. At around 12:30 p.m., the same day Shafii showed up at Kingston
police headquarters to report that his *Sentra *was missing,, along with
three of his daughters and *Rona Mohammad*, whom he described as *his cousin
*. In actuality ,she is his first wife, said Inspector *Brian Begbie*.
[Given that consanguineous marriage is the norm within the Islamic world, it
is entirely possible she was both wife and cousin.] When he reported the
disappearance, Shafii was accompanied by his second wife and their oldest
son *Hamed Mohammad-Shafii*. [Police would subsequently discover that son
Hamed had driven the second car home to Montreal on some unspecified errand
sometime during the night and returned next morning to deliver the
apparently distraught parents to the police.] While they were at police
headquarters, all three were informed of the discovery that had been made at
the locks. It was then that the three began to claim that Zainab often liked
to take the car out for a drive without permission. [It must have seemed
like an odd time for all three to stress how 'disobedient' the eldest
daughter was in all things.] Begbie said investigators now have evidence
that places both the Sentra and another family car [a *Lexus*, if you
please] at the locks before the Sentra was reported as missing. They also
have evidence that all three murder suspects were at the locks as well. The
Kingston police refused to divulge how the four victims were killed. All
three suspects were arrested in Montreal on Wednesday. The police denied
rumours that all three were arrested as they were heading to the *Pierre
Elliott Trudeau International Airport*. They did say however that one of the
suspects appeared to be preparing to flee to another country." (*Montreal
Gazette*, July 23, 2009)

The car "would have had to traverse numerous obstacles, including
a locked gate and stone moorings, to make it into the water. However,
witnesses said there were no skid marks. ... One relative said that during
the funeral about a week after the incident, the father, Mohammed, was
overcome and fell down. An ambulance was called." (*Toronto Star*, July 23,
2009) Yes. Poor Daddy. The family, Afghani by way of Dubai, entered Canada
two years and are described as "not particularly conservative." The police
have refused to use the term honour killing, nor will they specify cause of
death. "*Jamal Kakar*, executive director of the *Afghan Association of
Ontario*, said arrests in the Shafia case have 'shocked' Canada's
approximately 120,000 strong Afghan community. 'It's really unbelievable to
me,' he said Thursday, noting colleagues are 'very disappointed and very
saddened' by what's happened. *He said culture shock is a very real problem
for new immigrants and that it's not altogether uncommon for situations to
become violent*. Organizations like his assist families with the transition,
provide mediation and help newcomers understand the rules of their adopted
country. He's calling on the government to invest more into services and
resources for new immigrants so that things like honour killings won't
happen." (*Canadian Press*, July 23, 2009) Oh right, it's *our* fault in
failing to give organizations like his more* *funding.
How about this? You enter Canada and even before we set you up with
health care and other benefits, we make it quite clear -- should you ever
feel inclined to rub out surplus female relatives, you go to jail -- after
which you are removed to your country of origin regardless what's wrong with
it. Well, dream on,

Daddy could be looking at a sweet payday. Mohammed "could be
compensated for his losses by [Quebec's] no fault insurance programme. So,
while he's a father accused of the premeditated murders of his daughters, in
the eyes of the province's no fault insurance programme, he's also a victim
-- a man who lost his loved ones in a tragic accident. 'Notwithstanding his
contribution to these deaths, even if he's finally convicted for the four
crimes, for the four deaths, he is allowed to receive this compensation,'
former *Justice Minister Marc Bellemare *tells *CJAD News*. Shafia could
collect more than 200 thousand dollars in compensation from the *SAAQ* - the
Quebec automobile insurance board -- for the deaths of his daughters and
first wife." (*CJAD*, July 27, 2009)

Mohammed was building a $900,000 house and this fact raises questions
about whether there might be a financial motive for the killings. Zainab was
is disfavour for being rebellious: 'The parents didn't like that she should
marry a Pakistani boy without money or wealth. They didn't want it to be
seen by society or other Afghans," Wali Abdali, the first wife's relative
who lives in France. [Are there any Afghanis still living in Afghanistan?] (
*Globe and Mail*, July 25, 2009) *Tooba Mohamad Yayha* hated the first wife,
but the killing of the other two daughters seems inexplicable. The insurance
money may be the motive.

What a jolly family! *Christie Blatchford *explains: Rona, "wife No 1
couldn;'t have any children. So, he [Mohammad Shafi] found the yonger Ms
Yahya, married her and got her pregnant at least seven times. What a joy it
must have been for the barren Ms Mohammad, faced with the offspring of her
fertile rival every day -- and to be introduced, at least in Canadian
society, as her husband's 'cousin.' And how lovely for Ms Yahya, seeing the
old boy sneaking off to have it on with his first love now and then." (*Globe
and Mail,* July 24, 2009)
Meanwhile, 16 miles down the road, *sharia* would gather in three
more Moslem females: "All three members of a Toronto family pulled
unconscious from a swimming pool in a Gananoque hotel over the weekend are
now dead. *Naila Yasmin*, 43, was found unconscious in the indoor pool on
Saturday along with her two daughters who were 11 and 14 years old.
Witnesses told police they initially saw the mom on the pool deck,
supervising her children. Police say their investigation shows that the
three were not strong swimmers. [According to the father, 'they probably
didn't even know what a swimming pool was.'] When someone else passed by,
they saw the three submerged in the pool's deep end, which has about two
metres of water. All three were without vital signs when paramedics arrived
at the *Best Western Country Squire Resort*. Paramedics performed *CPR* for
about 30 minutes before transporting the family to hospital. Naila died
Sunday, with her older daughter *Kinza Kaianad* succumbing on Monday. *Sunaila
Kaianad*, the youngest, died Tuesday afternoon. Yasmin's husband and the
couple's two sons were having breakfast at the hotel at the time of the
accident. Police are investigating [but in this case] foul play is not
suspected." (*CTV*, July 21, 2009) Pity *sharia* puts swimming instruction
beyond the reach of observant females. The family immigrated from
Pakistan seven years ago.
*[This article appears in the July, 2009 issue of the CANADIAN IMMIGRATION
HOTLINE. Published monthly, the CANADIAN IMMIGRATION HOTLINE is available by
subscription for $30 per year. You can subscribe by sending a cheque or VISA
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