Convicted ISIS attack plotter will likely return to Canada due to Trudeau’s ‘ISIS reintegration’ program

Abdulrahman El-Bahnasawy was born in Kuwait, has a Canadian Citizenship, and describes his goal as wanting to “create the next 9/11.”


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Abdulrahman El-Bahnasawy was born in Kuwait, has a Canadian Citizenship, and describes his goal as wanting to “create the next 9/11.”

He has been convicted of plotting terrorist attacks against multiple targets in New York City and is now seeking to return to Canada to get ‘treatment’, ‘counselling’, and likely a shorter sentence.

This convicted terrorist could succeed as the Canadian government maintains policy goals that largely aim to re-integrate ex-terrorists back into Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes that, “We also have methods of de-emphasizing or de-programming people who want to harm our society, and those are some things we have to move forward on.”

That is a problem. We are now beginning to treat seriously dangerous individuals, who have planned to kill, as victims.

For example, a manager of a Mosque in Toronto described the plan to kill countless people with a bomb, as an “unfortunate event”.

“We will actively monitor him and do whatever it takes to assist his family in providing them respite to help deal with this development in their life. We will do whatever it takes to welcome him back and are eager in seeing him and his family be able to thrive again and look past this unfortunate event.”

How can we describe terrorism as just “unfortunate”? As if it were a bad string of luck and nothing else. As if there should be no real consequences to choosing a decisive and violent action.

There should be, but many are simply not willing to accept the dangers that are present.

A recent report from the Soufan Center, a U.S.-based non-profit organization, said 33 countries have reported arrivals of at least 5,600 extremist travellers worldwide

That report described returning travellers as a “huge challenge for security and law enforcement entities”. Yet the Liberal government believes that in a country as large and geographically distributed as Canada they could carefully monitor returning ISIS cases such as this.

This is highly doubtful as there are over 60 of these individuals already in Canada, and the argument made by most supporters of this policy seems to be that the government is currently limited by law to act on those individuals, and is, therefore, choosing rehabilitation as a tool.

For example, Lorne Dawson, a University of Waterloo sociology professor and director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, said in an interview with Global News that it would be folly to believe they aren’t using those powers. But there are limits, Dawson said, which is where re-integration and disengagement can fill the gap.

“If you can’t prosecute them or there’s long delays in prosecuting them or if peace bonds are only a partially effective measure … we can just do nothing. Just let them loose in our society,” he said.

Dawson’s comments reflect much of what the governing coalition believes. That the response to this entire scenario is not the creation of laws which aim to provide enough power for the government to act against terrorists, but rather the use of large amounts of cash (35 million dollars) to rehabilitate some of the most dangerous.

This simply blows me away.

It is important to note that this is not a unified political action.

The reintegration of violent extremists who have been active abroad has set off shouting matches in the House of Commons as the Conservatives have refused to accept the Liberal policy, in many cases accusing the Liberal government of greeting returning ISIS members with “group-hug sessions”.

What do you think? Can Canada re-integrate ex-ISIS members? Should we even attempt it? Let us know below!


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  1. This is completely insane. It is the government that needs physiological help. Trudeau is as crazy as the terrorists he is claiming to help. This puts our nation in grave danger not to mention the huge cost involved

    1. Keith is spot on.
      We have a traitor as a PM.
      I’m glad I didn’t vote for this imbecile , but, it doesn’t change the fact, he is putting Canadians, in grave danger.

    2. Mr. Hehn: You are 100 percent correct.
      As is Riccardo, above (at a minimum, he is a criminal).
      These terrorists were trying to murder fellow Canadians and their allies. One of these critters are already returned, released and enriched. If the hair on the head of one Canadian head is harmed, either directly or indirectly, I expect to PM to call for a vote of non-confidence (which all Liberals must submit to… 😉 ) then immediately resign, and call an election should be called.

  2. Trudeau can do the jail time, when things start to go south, and innocent Canadians of all descents are injured or killed.

  3. The article states that Abdulrahman El-Bahnasawy has been convicted of plotting terrorist attacks. Clearly he is not in the “extremist traveller” category, he is a convicted terrorist. Apples and Oranges!
    When successfully prosecuting an extreme traveler is unlikely, it makes some sense to explore the “treatment, counselling” option. The missing component never discussed in this approach is culpability. It would seem unfair for the government to take full responsibility for the potential blow back of such a gesture. The individual’s return to Canadian society should be a shared responsibility.
    In cases where insufficient evidence precludes prosecution for terrorism charges, but participation is not in dispute, the returnee should be released to a sponsor. By sponsor I mean a Mosque, Muslim Association, University or any other Group that could be held accountable for the individual’s participation in his/her re-integration schedule and cover the costs of litigation in the event of any future crimes against society.
    When proponents of de-emphasizing or de-programming commit their money, time and reputations, not just their hearts, then it makes some sense.

  4. The only place to reintegrate any of them is a prison for the rest of their natural lives and lock up the asshole P M with them for life not 25 years for life till they die

  5. I AM SURPRISED THE AMERICANS ARE NOT CHARGING HIM – THIS IS JUST A SHOVE OFF FROM THE AMERICANS LIKE THEY SENT KHADR BACK TO CANADA — AND WE ALL KNOW HOW RICHLY THAT TURNED OUT FOR TERRORIST KHADR WHO PROBABLY KILLED CDN SOLDIER AS HE CONTINUALLY PLANTED IEDS AND BOMBS ALL THE TIME!!!!! THIS WILL NEVER BE RIGHT!!!

  6. Yo Trudeau! You take him in and fix him on your dime you dimwitted do Gooder. When your done with him, take your ass abroad and share your hope with all the other radicals that are determined to destroy the west. Your logic is like someone hoping to get cancer so they can cure it

  7. Abdulrahman El-Bahnasawy, you’re the next contestant on Justin Trudeau’s Terrorist Wheel of Fortune. Join the champ, Omar Khadr, who won the 10.5 dollar grand prize. At the very least you will win a life time of free health care, free housing and all the liberal hugs and podcasts you can take.

Ali Taghva

Business owner, former riding President, and Bachelors in Industrial Relations from Mcgill. Interested in the intersection of politics and culture. I firmly believe in a free media and work to push new stories to your door each day.

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