Making a Terrorist

“Suspects were accused of purchasing three tonnes of the chemical to blow up three buildings, including the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s Toronto offices. The group had arranged for the purchase of the ammonium nitrate and was in the process of storing it when the raids began. They were charged in one of the biggest terrorist investigations in Canada. The story made headlines across Toronto: ‘Terror Cops Swoop’; ‘Al Qaida Busts’; ‘GTA Terror Sweep.’ Reports of the arrests described above, cobbled from newspaper accounts, made headlines across Canada. All across the country there was an overwhelming sense that a major disaster had been averted. This, it turned out, was not the case.”

Maria Iqbal – Ryerson Review of Journalism – May 2018

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