Attacker of the Canadian Parliament Was Drug
Addict, Homeless, and Criminal, Not a Jihadist
By Hassan El-Najjar
Editor of Al-Jazeerah
October 24, 2014
The Canadian government is using the Parliament shooting story to
justify its participation in the current NATO war on Syria and Iraq and to
tighten its police state measures against Muslim Canadians, particularly
through more spying, surveillance, and arrests against them.
The main media outlets (news agencies, TV and radio stations, as well
as printed and online publications) in the US and Canada adopted the
story with excitement to attack Islam and Muslims, part of their efforts
to keep the population indoctrinated for permanent wars against Arabs
Both of the
official Canadian story and those of the anti-Arab, anti-Islam media about the October 22, 2014 Parliament shooting
in Ottawa are dubious, with many holes, and do not add up to any level
Here're the facts, as reported by several sources below:
The suspect, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was a criminal, drug addict,
homeless and a victim of divorce of his parents! He was rejected by many
people who were supposed to give him support. He even begged the police
to put him back in prison, and send him to rehabilitation after that,
which they did not do. He attempted to go to Libya, his father's country
of origin, but the Libyan Embassy refused to issue him a passport, so
did the Canadian government. He was even rejected by the Vancouver
Mosque he attempted to attend, for his drug addiction. Just before
committing his crime, he was living in a homeless shelter in Ottawa.
This is the truth about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau!
So, instead of dealing with him as such, the Canadian government,
followed by the pro-war media, quickly used the story to promote
Islamophobia, calling for an increase in surveillance and spying on
Muslim Canadians, and most importantly to justify the Canadian
participation in the current NATO war on Iraq and Syria.
Actually, Michael knew very little about Islam, as he was a Catholic
most of his life, but neither the government nor the media mentioned
Catholicism as a factor behind their crimes. Instead, they focused on
his recent interest in Islam, though he was kicked out of the mosque
because of his drug addiction!
Just today, there was a school shooting in Washington State, and
before that a person jumped over the White House fence but nobody in the
US government or media would mention their religion as a factor
contributing to their crimes!
If a Muslim commits a crime, he is automatically described as
terrorist and Islam is attacked as a factor but if anybody else commits
the same crime, religion is not mentioned!
A major hole in the official story is not explaining how Michael got
the rifle while he has a criminal record, was impoverished, and staying
in a homeless shelter? How can anyone with such criminal record obtain weapons
in Canada, with its strong system of gun control?
This is a story of how a normal person is turned to deviance, drug
addiction, homelessness, and crime as a result of divorce of his
parents, loneliness, lack of social support, and rejection by the larger
society. This is the right context that it should be analyzed and
Abusing the story to smear Islam, repress Canadian Muslims, and
justify the Canadian participation in the NATO permanent wars in the
Middle East is cheap, immoral, and belittling to the intelligence of the
Canadians and Americans.
|The suspect Michael
Zehaf-Bibeau before entering the Parliament building, photo by
Ottawa Gunman's Actions Were 'Linked To His Radicalization,'
Eyder Peralta and
NPR, October 23, 2014 7:56 AM ET
Susan Bibeau, the mother of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, who was killed
in a gunbattle with authorities, wrote in an email to The Associated
Press that she and her husband wanted to "apologize for all the pain,
fright and chaos" their son created.
"We have no explanation to offer," she wrote. "I am mad at our son, I
don't understand, and part of me wants to hate him at this time."
Bibeau, a senior official at the Immigration and Refugee Board of
Canada, said her son was "lost and did not fit in."
During a briefing with reporters, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Commissioner Bob Paulson said while they still don't know the full
extent of Bibeau's motivation, his actions were "linked to his
According to Paulson:
— There is no evidence that Bibeau was linked to Martin Rouleau-Couture,
the newly radicalized man who ran over two Canadian soldiers on Monday.
— Bibeau was not on the list of 90 or so Canadians that authorities
consider to be a risk and are monitoring for national security reasons.
— Bibeau's email address, however, was found on the computer of a
man, Paulson said, who was arrested on a terrorism charge.
— Talking to his mother, police learned that Bibeau had intentions to
travel to Syria. He had applied for a passport and authorities were in
the midst of investigating his application.
— Bibeau was a Canadian citizen and he may have also held Libyan
NPR's Jackie Northam reports that Zehaf-Bibeau has been described as
"a fairly recent convert to Islam" who had a criminal record in multiple
provinces. "He was also the son of a very senior official of Canada's
immigration department," she says.
The Globe and Mail says he was "a labourer and small-time criminal —
a man who had had a religious awakening and seemed to have become
The newspaper reports: "Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982 and was the
son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman who appears to have fought
in 2011 in Libya, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of a division
of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board. The two were divorced in
The Globe and Mail quotes an acquaintance of Zehaf-Bibeau's who said
the alleged attacker had frequently spoken of the presence of devils or
demons in the world and had recently expressed
a desire to go back to Libya to study. He apparently had been
blocked from getting a visa to Libya by Canadian authorities "who have
been taking measures to prevent Canadians from joining extremists
overseas," the newspaper says.
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. says
Zehaf-Bibeau was charged in 2004 with drug possession, pleaded guilty
and served 60 days in jail.
According to the CBC:
"Zehaf-Bibeau was in trouble with the law
again in 2011, this time in British Columbia.
"Following a robbery in Vancouver, Zehaf-Bibeau was charged with
robbery and uttering threats. He was found
guilty of the lesser charge of uttering threats and sentenced to one day
in jail, with credit for 66 days already served, according to
"Quebec court documents from 2004 show Zehaf-Bibeau lived in Montreal
at the time, in the north-end neighbourhood of Villeray."
Meanwhile, Ottawa police said early Thursday they had
finally ruled out the possibility of a second shooter. It wasn't yet
clear whether the incident was tied to one the day before in which
two soldiers were run down in a car, one killed and the other
injured by someone described as having been radicalized by Islam.
"It could just be a coincidence, but certainly it did raise concern
that the attacks happened so closely together," Jackie reports from
Ottawa. "This all comes at a critical time for Canada, when Canada says
it's going to help in the fight against the so-called Islamic State and
Canada is providing men and support for that effort."
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was asked to leave Burnaby, B.C., mosque
Ottawa gunman objected to Masjid al-Salaam and Education Centre in
Burnaby, B.C., allowing in non-Muslims
CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2014 10:21 AM PT
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2014 1:12 PM PT
by, B.C., allowing in non-Muslims
CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2014
10:21 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 24, 2014 1:12 PM PT
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at
the National War Memorial earlier this week, was asked to leave the
B.C. mosque he attended and objected to its policy of allowing in
non-Muslims, a B.C. Muslim Association spokesperson has said.
Montreal-born Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, lived in B.C. in recent years
a connection to the Masjid al-Salaam and Education Centre, a
mosque in Burnaby, B.C..
Speaking at a news conference on Friday morning,
association spokesman Aasim Rashid denounced Wednesday's attack.
"These are acts of criminal violence and show utter disregard for
human life and the laws of the world, as well as its religions,"
"We openly condemn the propaganda of the lawless groups trying to
incite Canadians to hurt other Canadians. Such propaganda is
clear evidence that these groups are individuals, are sheer terrorists."
Rashid told reporters Zehaf-Bibeau had attended the mosque
for three to four months in 2011 and described him as keeping
largely to himself.
But, he said, Zehaf-Bibeau did object to the openness with
which the mosque accepts non-Muslims.
"The mosque operates on a foundation of welcome, of
community outreach and interfaith dialogue and that cannot take
place when we close the doors on our neighbours.
"If he was not OK with that, he should probably choose
another mosque to go to and pray."
Finally, Zehaf-Bibeau attempted to sleep at the mosque when
he was released from prison in 2012, said Rashid, which led to him
being asked to leave.
Zehaf-Bibeau was charged with robbery and uttering threats for an
incident in Vancouver on Dec. 16, 2011, which court records
indicate may have been an attempt to get help.
At Zehaf-Bibeau's bail hearing, he told the judge himself that he
wanted to serve time. The judge agreed to detain him over Christmas.
Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman's
Randall Palmer and
OTTAWA Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:49am EDT
Canada's capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday
as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a
soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting
Groups of Ottawa residents gathered early around the national war
memorial where the soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was slain on
Wednesday at the start of a brazen daylight attack by a man police
identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old Canadian citizen.
"I feel tremendous sadness," said April Hall, 43, a doctor from
London, Ontario, as she sat near the monument wiping tears from her
eyes. "This is a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives for
Canada, and there was a sacrifice right here on the spot."
The attack by Zehaf-Bibeau, who according to U.S. sources was
a recent convert to Islam, came two
days after another incident in Quebec, in which Martin Rouleau, 25 and
also a recent convert, drove over two soldiers, killing one.
Both men were shot dead by security officers.
The attacks on soldiers came during a week when the Canadian military
sent six jet fighters to the Middle East to take part in a campaign of
air strikes against Islamic State militants.
Police said that Zehaf-Bibeau had traveled to
Ottawa seeking a passport and that he had intended to travel to Syria, a
hot spot of Islamic State activity.
Canadian officials vowed to continue their military efforts and on
Friday two long-range patrol aircraft were due to depart Nova Scotia for
the Middle East.
Separately on Friday, Turkish officials reported that an unidentified
yellow powder was found at the Canadian consulate in Istanbul, with the
German and Belgian consulates receiving similar packages, according to
'A REAL SHAME'
Police were stationed at regular points along the wall surrounding
the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, where metal barricades blocked the
entrances to an area popular with tourists.
Bouquets of flowers were stuck into the gate's scrollwork, as workers
and visitors adapted to the tighter security restrictions in a city
normally proud of its openness.
"It is a real shame," said Ian Campbell, 57, a government worker. "I
don't know how you stop somebody from doing this kind of thing."
Officials planned to move Cirillo's body from Ottawa to his hometown
of Hamilton, Ontario, on Friday, along a 500 kilometer (310 mile)
stretch of highway called the "Highway of Heroes" in honor of soldiers.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson on Thursday
said investigators had linked Zehaf-Bibeau to someone charged with what
he called a terrorist-related offence. He did not give details other
than saying Zehaf-Bibeau's email was found in the hard drive of that
person, but vowed to rapidly learn if others had helped Zehaf-Bibeau
plan his attack.
Later on Friday in Calgary, the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and
Muslims Against Terrorism plan to hold a memorial for Cirillo, as well
as Patrice Vincent, the 53-year-old warrant officer who died in Monday's
Zehaf-Bibeau, who was born in Montreal, had lived in Calgary for a
period, according to police.
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