The RCMP have released the full video manifesto recorded by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau moments before he began his terrorist attack and despite media reports to the contrary, he does no name accomplices.
When the Mounties released the video earlier this year they edited out 18 seconds, that missing part of the recording is now public and it mainly shows Zehaf-Bibeau praying.
"In the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful," Zehaf-Bibeau says as the video opens. "All praises to Allah, the Lord of the universe. We seek his help and ask his forgiveness."
"Lord, open for me my chest, ease my task for me and remove the impediment from my speech. In the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful."
That marks the entirety of the missing portion of the recording at the opening. From there Zehaf-Bibeau explains calmly that his actions are driven by Canada's foreign policy and the opposition to those "who are trying to bring back religious law in our countries." See full transcript below.
At the end a single sentence was edited out which said, "Lord accept me and peace be upon you and upon the Mujahedin. May Allah curse you."
There had been media reports claiming Zehaf-Bibeau named accomplices or encouraged others to do the same. Those reports were false. As for why the RCMP edited out prayers at the beginning and end of the video, the police service would say little. In their new release they stated that they needed time to analyze what was said.
"The RCMP believed that the content initially removed for public release could assist in determining the origin and nature of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's radicalization to violence. The RCMP also needed time to fully analyze the language used, including the dialect of Arabic being spoken, consult subject matter experts and follow up on a number of investigative leads. We will not speak further to any investigational results arising out of this analysis," the release read.
Throughout his video Zehaf-Bibeau speaks of us vs. them, clearly indicating that he does not see himself as Canadian. His father hailed from Libya and that is where he was buried once his body was released to his family.
Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as he stood on ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial on October 22, 2014. He then ran up to Parliament Hill, hijacked a car and burst into the Parliament buildings where he fired off some shots before dying in a hail of bullets.
"In the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful. All praises to Allah, the Lord of the universe. We seek his help and ask his forgiveness.
Lord, open for me my chest, ease my task for me and remove the impediment from my speech. In the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful.
To those who are involved and listen to this movie, this is in retaliation for Afghanistan and because Harper wants to send his troops to Iraq.
So we are retaliating, the Mujahedin of this world. Canada’s officially become one of our enemies by fighting and bombing us and creating a lot of terror in our countries and killing us and killing our innocents. So, just aiming to hit some soldiers just to show that you’re not even safe in your own land, and you gotta be careful.
So, may Allah accept from us. It’s a disgrace you guys have forgotten God and have you let every indecency and things running your land. We don’t, we don’t go for this. We are good people, righteous people, believers of God and believing his law and his Prophets, peace be upon them all. That’s my message to all of you in this, Inshallah, we’ll not cease until you guys decide to be a peaceful country and stay to your own and I-, and stop going to other countries and stop occupying and killing the righteous of us who are trying to bring back religious law in our countries.
Lord accept me and peace be upon you and upon the Mujahedin. May Allah curse you."