Canada: Muslim convicted of plotting jihad massacres at multiple locations whines about computer restrictions

He says Canadian authorities are perpetrating a “blatant injustice” against him by not allowing him more computer access. He didn’t say anything about the injustice his jihad plots would have done to their victims, had the plots been successful.

“Toronto 18 terror plot architect wants more computer access, but may not have to reveal passwords to parole officers,” by Adrian Humphreys, National Post, October 27, 2021 (thanks to Graham):

While a key architect of the Toronto 18 terrorism plot to detonate truck bombs in Toronto is pushing for more access to electronics while out of prison, the parole board is worried that requiring him to give his computer passwords to his parole supervisor might violate his rights.

Shareef Abdelhaleem was granted day parole 10 months ago and he gushed thanks to the Parole Board of Canada — “You will not be sorry,” he said in December, “you will never hear from me again.” Now, however, he returns to the board complaining over his computer access.

Using computers and the internet have been a steady feature of his awkward adjustment to life beyond bars.

He complained about restrictions on computer access since his release into a halfway house. He was dissatisfied he did not have unlimited internet access and allowed only a single device, either a mobile phone or a computer.

He whined about it. A lot. So much so, it annoyed people around him, parole records say. His complaints will now be heard at an upcoming parole board hearing after a successful appeal.

The board will also be looking at whether he needs to tell his parole supervisor the passwords to all his devices and accounts — even though Abdelhaleem did not complain about this requirement.

Now 46, Abdelhaleem was one of 18 people arrested in sweeping national security raids in June 2006, accused of wide-ranging terrorist plots to detonate powerful truck bombs at the Toronto Stock Exchange, a Canadian military base, and Canada’s spy agency; there were other plans to storm Parliament, take hostages and behead the prime minister.

Abdelhaleem was the last to be convicted. In 2011, he was named a “key architect” of the bomb plot, convicted on terrorism charges, and received a life sentence without chance of parole for 10 years.

Computers were an immense part of his life before he joined the terror plot. He was a software developer, earning a lot and spending a lot; he drove a BMW convertible and once dropped $5,000 on a jacket.

He hasn’t been a problem since he was granted release on managed day parole in December. His day parole was extended in June, allowing him to move into a less restrictive halfway house.

He hasn’t caused security or safety concerns — either over crime or with COVID compliance. He completed a program for parolees, where his involvement was “limited, but adequate.” He continues with de-radicalization counselling because of his radical jihadi past.

He started an online computer programming course to update his skills. It’s needed, as technology has significantly advanced since his arrest.

He pitched easing his internet, mobile phone, and computer restrictions. At a hearing in June, the board was cautious — noting his computer competence likely exceeds that of the parole team tasked with monitoring him.

“The Board has considered the technology available at the time of your offences and the one in place today that could be used by terrorist groups. As such, the Board is of the opinion that your Internet usage and communication must be monitored,” the board said.

The board budged a bit in June, though, allowing him one mobile communication device and one computer — provided the passwords for both devices, as well as for all applications and accounts on them, were provided to his parole officer….

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