The man who has presented himself as the point of contact for the family of Faisal Hussain is a professional activist who has reportedly committed himself to “framing a new narrative of Muslims in Canada” and creating a “national political movement.”
Shortly after the Ontario Special Investigations Unit revealed the identity of the Danforth shooter as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, a news release was sent out to select media attributed to the “Hussain Family”.
The polished statement was provided by Mohammed Hashim, described as a driving force behind the National Council of Canadian Muslims.“His groundbreaking political advocacy, public relations and media work has been widely credited by insiders as framing a new narrative for Muslims in Canada,” says a bio of Hashim connected to an appearance he made at CanRoots 2016, a left-wing activist conference.
-- Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun (Full article)
Hussain apparently had been spoken to by authorities about his online activities. Sources say Toronto Police, the OPP and the RCMP have all had an interest in the now-deceased shooter.
There is concern by Police that Hussain expressed “support” for a website that was seen as “pro-ISIL,” says a law enforcement source.
Sources also say police in Toronto and CSIS officials in Ottawa, as well as the RCMP, are looking into his past, which sources say include his residence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
-- Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun (Full article)
Memorial University anthropologist Elliott Leyton, author of Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Multiple Modern Murderer said he has “very little confidence” in the mental illness theory as applied to mass killings.
In his research — and he has studied hundreds of multiple and mass killers — he found very little sign of mental illness as being of “fundamental importance.”
Instead, he said, it’s more about people who have “an incredible grudge against a particular group, or community. And after thinking about it for a long time decide to do something that would relieve the tension on themselves.
-- Elliot Leyton, Author of Hunting Humans
The most apt response to the hours of political correctness came from an Australian Islamic cleric, Imam Mohammed Tawhidi who has been to Canada and is familiar with the Islamist networks in the country. He tweeted: “If you think all these Jihadi terrorists kill because they have a mental illness, then perhaps you are the one with a mental illness. It’s not mental illness, it’s their allegiance.”
Also upset at the endless hours of banality on TV was Ensaf Haider, the Canadian wife of Saudi-held prisoner of conscience, Raif Badawi. She tweeted: “Politically correct reporters keep saying murderer Faisal Hussain suffered ‘mental illness’. Which Islamic terrorist was NOT mentally ill? These jihadis hate women and Faisal aimed at and shot the woman. He’s a jihadi, no doubt about it Shame on @CBCNews for covering up the truth.”
There are questions that remain unanswered – like which mosque Hussain attended, who scrubbed his social media presence and how it was that his name was withheld until the family issued their polished statement.
-- Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun (Full article)
The Islamic state has claimed responsibility for a shooting in Toronto on Sunday that killed two people and wounded 13, the group’s AMAQ news agency said on Wednesday.
The attacker “was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition countries,” a statement by the group said.
-- CAIRO (Reuters)
The victims of Sunday evening's mass shooting on the Danforth were identified as 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis.