‘Who’s Torching Canada’s Forests?’

There is more and more suspicion surrounding the number of forest fires around Canada. This was from 2012:

“Eleven pages of the online al-Qaeda propaganda publication ‘Inspire’ are handed over to discussions about starting forest fires in NATO countries, providing both a tactical and religious justification for it, and an illustrated step-by-step guide on how to do it using a device made out of gasoline and a washing machine timer.

Fire is one of the soldiers of Allah”,
it says.

“Whether Ottawa is taking it seriously is hard to say. Federal public safety and natural resources officials said firefighting was a provincial responsibility and declined to discuss it further for “operational reasons”. The Ontario government said it was aware of the threat, but B.C. was not.

“Prof. Martin Rudner, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University, said forests are not considered part of Canada’s critical infrastructure and so they do not benefit from counter-terrorism programs that safeguard other sectors like energy.

Thus, to the best of my knowledge, there are no particular critical infrastructure protection programs in place, at either the federal or provincial levels, to protect our forests against jihadist or other terrorist fire-setting.”

“Calls for a “forest jihad” date back at least to 2007, when online radicals suggested that setting fires would not only kill citizens of Western countries, but also cause pollution and economic damage while exhausting police and emergency services.

“The idea gained traction in 2008, during Australia’s wildfire emergency. In 2009, a Department of Homeland Security bulletin noted “growing interest in ‘forest jihad’ among terrorists” but found no credible evidence it was a genuine threat to the U.S.

Considering the appeals posted in al-Qaeda forums, the possibility exists for arson to be used as a terrorist tool”,
it allowed.

“The tactic resurfaced with new prominence last month when al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula put its latest edition of ‘Inspire’ online.

It is your freedom to ignite a firebomb”,

read a headline on the cover. Photos inside showed apocalyptic scenes of burning forests.

“An article purportedly penned by al-Qaeda figure Abu Musab Al-Siri encouraged
ordinary resistance fighters among the Muslims residing in America and the allied Western countries
to engage in
popular resistance action such as destroying economic targets and burning forests during hot periods in the summer”.

“A second piece by a radical Yemeni cleric cited religious scripture to make the case that

burning of forests in the land of the enemy among the disbelievers is of the legitimate acts. It is of the jihad in the sake of the almighty Allah”.

“That was followed by a seven-page instructional guide.

We are aware of this”,

said Jolanta Kowalski, spokeswoman for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Our approach is to continue to plan for and detect forest fire threats quickly and suppress them. If a forest fire was the result of a terrorist attack, we would respond as we do to other forest fires.”

“B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch said that while it was unaware of the threats, it was ready to respond to all fires. Arson fires are often the least destructive since they tend to occur near populated areas and are quickly reported.

The public reports half of all fires started in B.C., and we also have sophisticated systems that prompt us to new fire starts so we can respond quickly”, said spokeswoman Alyson Couch, adding 93% of unwanted fires are extinguished at less than four hectares in size”.

“While many of al-Qaeda’s recent plots have fizzled, experts point out that torching forests is a simple, high-impact tactic. Making bombs and getting them onto airplanes is complicated. Any idiot can strike a match…”

–‘Next up on al-Qaeda hit list: the West’s freedom-loving trees’,
Stewart Bell, National Post, June 22, 2012

https://nationalpost.com/news/next-up-on-al-qaeda-hit-list-the-wests-freedom-loving-trees
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“In May 2018, the Southeast District RCMP created the ‘Intentionally Set Wildfires Task Force’ to investigate intentionally set fires and the person or persons responsible for them. According to police, the task force will not be bound by jurisdictional and inter-agency boundaries…”

–‘Police: 29 fires in Okanagan over last 4 years were deliberately set’,
Doyle Potenteau, Global News, July 5, 2018

https://globalnews.ca/news/4315205/police-29-fires-in-okanagan-over-last-4-years-were-deliberately-set/

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3 Responses to “‘Who’s Torching Canada’s Forests?’”

  1. Gerry Gagnon Says:

    “In May 2018, the Southeast District RCMP created the ‘Intentionally Set Wildfires Task Force’ to investigate intentionally set fires and the person or persons responsible for them. According to police, the task force will not be bound by jurisdictional and inter-agency boundaries…”

    –‘Police: 29 fires in Okanagan over last 4 years were deliberately set’,
    Doyle Potenteau, Global News, July 5, 2018

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4315205/police-29-fires-in-okanagan-over-last-4-years-were-deliberately-set/

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  2. Myrtle Upchuck Says:

    So, how do you deal with the terrorist threat to burn the forests? You can get everyone worried about it but what can you do about it? It might be wiser to put attention to threats that can be dealt with, but currently, are blind spots. How about some security on the BC Ferries? Anyone can drive on the ferries with a truck full of kerosine and fertilizer, dynamite.or whatever!

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  3. kristine Says:

    There’s a whole lot of activity going on that needs to be stopped. Why do we have training camps for Isis in Canada? We are sitting ducks — what is a matter with Canadians today? No sense of pride or alliance to their country. We destroy our history, we allow terrorists in our country, we allow illegal border crossers, and probably these same people are burning our country up. Such terrible times…

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