American Journalist Sued in Canada Over al-Qaida Disclosures

via Newsmax.com email newsletter, 10/4/2009:

American author and award-winning journalist Dr. Paul L. Williams is being hauled into a Canadian court over allegations he made about al-Qaida terrorists at an Ontario university.

Williams is being sued by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, over his claims that Islamic terrorists stole 180 pounds of nuclear material from the school’s nuclear reactor.

The suit stems from comments Williams made during an appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show “Coast to Coast AM,” which also airs in several Canadian cities, and remarks made in his book, “Dunces of Doomsday.”

Williams, who has a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree, “broke no American statute and his alleged violation of Canadian law took place not in Canada, but at his home in Pennsylvania,” according to a press release from Tracy Hood, director of No Compromise News, which is chronicling Williams’ case. The release outlined Williams’ predicament

“The case is significant since it represents the first time an American journalist is being forced to submit to Canadian law.

“Williams has been stripped of his Constitutional rights and forced to deplete his financial savings to pay for his Canadian lawyers.

“‘The matter would have gone away if I simply signed an apology,’ Williams said, ‘but what kind of journalist would I be if I apologized for telling the truth?’

“Williams visited McMaster University in May, 2006 to verify accounts by Janice Kephardt of the 9/11 Commission, journalists Bill Gertz and Scott Wheeler of The Washington Times, former federal prosecutor John Loftus, and others, that the liberal Canadian university had harbored leading al-Qaida operatives, including Adnan el-Shukrijumah, Jaber A. Elbaneh, Abderraouf Jdey, and Amer el-Maati.

“The same sources testified that when the al-Qaida operatives left McMaster, over 80 kilograms (180 pounds) of nuclear material was reported missing.

“During his visit to McMaster, Williams says that he discovered an over-abundance of professors from terror-sponsoring countries within the university’s department of engineering.

“In the Division of Earthquake Engineering, he says, 9 out of 10 faculty members were from the [Egyptian] Universities of Cairo and Alexandria. Similarly, Williams maintains the three McMaster officials who head the College of Engineering and supervise the work at the reactor all hailed from the University of Cairo.

“Jane Corbin of the BBC has reported that the engineering department at the University of Cairo remains under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Williams says that he and several of his associates, including a licensed private investigator, met with officials from the Ontario Provincial Police, who confirmed that McMaster has been under scrutiny for a long time; that many of the students have ties to radical Islam and terrorist organizations; and that Islamic members of the faculty have conducted clandestine meetings at an off-campus address in Hamilton . . .

“Supporting Williams’ contentions, Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview Osama bin Laden in the wake of 9/11, has testified on tape that Anas el-Liby, a founder of al-Qaida, attended McMaster and managed, along with other al-Qaida operatives, to steal 80 kilos of nuclear material from the poorly guarded facilities at the school.”

According to the press release, Peter Downward, the attorney representing the University, said: “We regard Mr. Williams’ allegations about McMaster as being on a par with UFO reports and JFK conspiracy theories. The notion that because there are people on faculty from Egypt that McMaster is then a haven for terrorism is not only logically offensive, it smacks of racism.”

The press release continues: “However, the predominance of Muslims from terror-sponsoring countries at McMaster and the lack of security at the reactor has been verified by independent sources, including Sean Michaels of GlobalTV-CA.

“Moreover, Ontario police officials have labeled the campus ‘a hive of jihadi activity.’

“In Canada, any person offended by a statement can file a lawsuit, and it remains up to the respondent to prove his innocence.”

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CAJ note: Authors Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant, as well as “Maclean” magazine, have each won their ‘hate speech’ cases filed by Canada’s Human Rights Tribunal. Steyn writes a little about it here and includes links to more information at the bottom of the article, where he concludes:

“I confess I wasn’t optimistic when the thought enforcers decided to pick a fight with me, but Ezra Levant persuaded me that the thing to do was go nuclear on this disgusting racket and re-frame the debate. We succeeded. There’s a lesson here for American conservatives, particularly as the president and his allies, with the “fairness doctrine” and bills to control the Internet and whatnot, are tempted down a very Canadian path.”

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