Canadian Islam Converts Plotted to Kill Jewish Children
A Canadian courtroom was the scene for another revelation about the twisted mindset that animates Islamists. Amanda Korody, found guilty for her part in orchestrating a terrorist bomb plot, wanted to infiltrate a synagogue where she could kill “small Jews” so these children would be spared eternal damnation in hell.
Notes presented by police on Monday in British Columbia (BC) Supreme Court recounted a conversation between Korody’s husband, John Nuttall, and an undercover agent. Nuttall, who was also convicted, told the agent his wife believed she would be doing the children the favor of sending them to paradise, because she believed “grown-up Jews” go to “eternal hell” when they die.
“I asked Nuttall how he thinks he will have access to Jewish kids and he said they were both white and could pass for Jewish,” read Crown lawyer Sharon Steele from the March 2013 notes provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) undercover officer. “They will be regulars in the synagogue. They will gain the trust of everybody. And once they have everything they will get enough guns and ammo to go ahead with their mission.”
Nuttall admitted that Jewish children were non-combatants, but he insisted they would be raised to hate Arabs and Muslims, the notes revealed. Yet he also conceded that “you never know, they may convert (to Islam) in their adulthood.”
A jury found the pair guilty on June 2, following a trial lasting nearly four-months, and three days of judge’s instructions that ran to more than 300 pages. Like the Boston Bombers before them, they intended to set off pressure cooker bombs outside British Columbia’s provincial legislature on Canada Day in 2013, an event thousands of people were expected to attend. They were convicted on one count each of conspiring to commit murder and possessing, or making, explosive devices. In May the judge dismissed another charge of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, for unspecified legal reasons.
Following the verdict’s reading, Nuttall made a heart shape with his fingers directed at Korody.
Nuttal and Korody were arrested in July 2013 after police accused them of attempting to target the July 1 Canada Day celebrations in the B.C. capitol city of Victoria. Three pressure cooker bombs were placed outside the legislature prior to the expected crowd gathering, but undercover officers had already rendered them inoperable.
Convictions for the plot will not be entered until the latest phase of the trial is completed. It consists of defense lawyers arguing that RCMP investigators “entrapped” the pair of would-be jihadists. Prosecutor Peter Eccles, speaking outside court following the previous phase of the trial, denied that allegation. “They weren’t entrapped … it was done using old-fashioned undercover police investigation technique.”
Video and audio surveillance tapes presented to the jury showed an undercover RCMP agent with ostensible terrorist connections befriending the couple, who were also shown discussing their ambition to engage in holy war as payback for perceived injustices perpetrated against Muslims. In several instances Nuttall referred to the Boston Bombers, whom he considered inspirational but amateurish, and hoped his attack would kill hundreds of innocent civilians. The pair believed killing innocent civilians, including women and children, was acceptable, provided they died as the result of collateral damage rather than specific targeting.
It was not the only attack they contemplated. Nuttall also listed additional targets in the Victoria area. They included a passenger ferry that travels between the Victoria and Seattle, a tourist-heavy area around the city’s former wax museum, or a nearby military base, which Nuttall suggested attacking with automatic weapons.
Defense lawyers insist the elaborate, months-long sting was much too heavy-handed, with attorney Marilyn Sandford accusing the key undercover officer of frightening Korody into realizing the plot, lest Allah be disappointed by her failure to do so.
The Court was told the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) sent a brief disclosure letter to the RCMP in late 2012. It identified Nuttal as a possible threat, yet by that time police had already confronted him on a number of other occasions, one of which included an exchange following a report by a friend of Nuttal, stating the suspect had claimed to have shot a Jewish woman. Nuttal denied that allegation during an interview with RCMP Cpl. Stephen Matheson.
Matheson requested a mental health assessment after listening to Nuttall’s radical, jihad-inspired views. A mental health nurse concluded Nuttall was sane, but might be developmentally delayed, the officer told the Court. Matheson also made the court aware of the suspect’s criminal history, which included offenses ranging from kidnapping and robbery to aggravated assault. He also noted Nuttall had been kicked out of a number of mosques.
On Jan. 31, 2013, the CSIS alerted the RCMP that Nuttall had attempted to purchase potassium nitrate from pharmacies in the Lower Mainland. Potassium nitrate can be used to make homemade bombs.
Despite the defense attorneys’ contentions, along with the mid-trial assertion by National Post columnist Brian Hutchinson, that these two were closer to being a “pair of wide-eyed, bumbling fabulists” than “terrorist masterminds,” the evidence compiled by the RCMP was damning. During a recorded conversation, Nuttall insisted he was drawn to Islam because he was inspired by the mass murderers of 9/11 who had the courage to “stand up.” He ultimately converted to Islam because he wanted “jihad.” “I wanted jihad before I became a Muslim,” Nuttall revealed in a video played for the jury. “I just wanted justice. … When 9/11 happened, I became really interested with these people.”
When the conversion to Islam occurred is unclear, but Nuttall himself suggested he was ready for violence. “The first thing I said when I converted is, ‘How do I worship my God?’” Nuttall says in the video. “And my second question was, ‘Where is my gun? Let’s go do jihad.”
This is the last week of the trial’s current phase before it is adjourned. It is scheduled to resume in October. The maximum sentence the couple faces remains unclear, and there is the possibility the judge could stay the guilty verdicts if he believes the pair were entrapped, or subjected to other abuses of the legal process.
Regardless, one thing remains clear: Western nations will continue to be subjected to plots and attacks arising from “inspirational” jihad. Such realities remain inevitable when feckless leaders either refuse to acknowledge the source of the threat, or succumb to a political correctness that elevates the fear of being labeled Islamophobic over concerns for national security.
Originally published at FrontPage Magazine.