On Sunday night, in the lovely Toronto neighbourhood of the Danforth, lots of shops and restaurants and bars, lazy summer evening, a terrorist calmly walked down the street, shooting everyone he saw. He murdered a ten-year-old girl and an eighteen-year-old woman.
As you'll see from one bystander's cell phone video, he was calm, cool, collected. Not the style of a madman; the style of a trained assassin.
Police quickly identified him, saying he was “known to police”. That, and his age, 29, was immediately published — but authorities declined to give his name. Why?
Then yesterday, in a move that can only be described as choreography, the police released the name of the terrorist — Faisal Hussain, a Muslim man obviously.
And immediately, simultaneously, a Muslim reporter at the CBC, Shanifa Nasser, published an unsigned letter purportedly from the terrorist’s family. But of course it wasn’t written by them — older Muslim migrants; it was written by some professional PR person, saying Hussain had suffered from mental illness his entire life.
The Toronto Star put their “investigative reporter” on the case.
What did they discover?
"Hussain also shared a characteristic in common with many mass murderers, one that has received particular attention in the wake of a string of explicitly misogynistic attacks: he was male."
The Toronto Star is the biggest newspaper in the country, in terms of readership. But I was asking some questions on Twitter. Just thinking out loud. And then a reporter from The Toronto Star, Jennifer Pagliario, told me to delete my tweets!
Well, we’re still free in Canada — sort of. So I want to know, as I asked on Twitter, how the guy got a gun; where he got his executioner-style training; what his relationship with police and CSIS was.
I want to know if in fact Faisal Hussain was a terrorist somewhere else, and let back in — one of those ISIS terrorists that Trudeau says could be "extraordinary voices for our community."
I’m not going to be shushed by the Toronto Star — or the dozens of CBC government journalist who chimed in to the same effect.
We’re just tiny, here at the Rebel. But we’ll ask real questions.
Otherwise, what’s the point?
NEXT: Rebel reporter David Menzies went to the shooter's neighbourhood yesterday, including the local mosque. He joins me to talk more about what he discovered (and didn't.)
THEN: Conservative MP Brad Trost comes on to talk about the provinces pushing back against carbon tax.
FINALLY: Your messages to me!