Oh . . . Canada . . .
TORONTO, Ontario (CNN) -- Canadian police said on Saturday they had halted a "real and serious" terror threat in and around Toronto.
Twelve men and five youths said to have been inspired by al Qaeda were arrested in the operation involving hundreds of officers, authorities said.
The group was "planning to commit a series of terrorist attacks against solely Canadian targets in southern Ontario," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said at a news conference.
"This group took steps to acquire three tons of ammonium nitrate and other components necessary to create explosive devices," he said.
"To put this in context, the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people took one ton of ammonium nitrate."
The detained suspects are all males, Canadian residents "from a variety of backgrounds" and followers of a "violent ideology inspired by al Qaeda," said Luc Portelance, assistant director of operations for Canadian Security Intelligence Service. (Full list of adult suspects)
The adults ranged in age from 19 to 43, and all lived in Ontario, according to Canadian police. No information was released on the youths.
The charges they face include participating in terrorist group activity such as training and recruitment; the provision of property for terrorist purposes; and the "commission of indictable offenses, including firearms and explosives in association with a terrorist group."
The targets were all in Toronto, CNN's Jeanne Meserve reported at least one source as telling her. Authorities did not release information on targets except to say they did not include the Toronto Transit Commission.
"This group posed a real and serious threat," McDonell said. "It had the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks."
So, these men are all Canadians brought up in the west. They aren't poor. They aren't uneducated. They aren't oppressed. Exactly what could have prompted them to formulate a plan to blow up innocent fellow Canadians? Exactly where did they learn to hate those in a country that bends over backwards to avoid slighting anyone - a country they were born in? Exactly what makes Canada - of all places in the world - a enemy candidate for terrorist attacks?
But, to be fair, there are those speaking out against it. "Any threat to Canada poses a threat to Muslims in Canada as well," he said. "Thus, we are relieved that the alleged plans to attack targets in Canada were thwarted."
Southern Ontario is a second home to me. It is extremely close to my actual home. If these moron wanna-be terrorists want to make it personal, they're doing a good job.
Oh an btw - NYC and Dc weren't the only cities possibly getting their funds to fight terrorism cut Buffalo may lose 50% of it's budget. Southern Ontario is a 5 minute bridge ride away from Buffalo. Feeling safe?