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3 students still in critical condition

A freshman who opened fire at a school near Seattle injured two of his cousins in the shooting, killed a girl and injured other students before killing himself.FULL STORY

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: EXTREMISTS AMONG US…IT’S BEEN ONE HELL OF A WEEK

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Picasso Museum to reopen after five years

Picasso Museum to reopen after five years

PARIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) — The Picasso Museum underwent some $60 million in renovations over the course of the five years it was closed.
Pentagon: North Korea can probably build a rocket-mounted nuclear warhead

Pentagon: North Korea can probably build a rocket-mounted nuclear warhead

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) — North Korea is believed to have developed the technology to rocket-mount miniaturized nuclear weapons, according to a top military official.
Ukraine intel service foils plot ahead of parliamentary elections

Ukraine intel service foils plot ahead of parliamentary elections

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Ukraine’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies have stopped a plot to disrupt Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
Yale study predicts huge increase in Ebola cases in Liberia

Yale study predicts huge increase in Ebola cases in Liberia

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 24 (UPI) — A study by the Yale University School of Public Health suggests a massive increase in Ebola virus cases will affect Liberia within weeks.
Pakistan PM urges eradication of polio

Pakistan PM urges eradication of polio

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 24 (UPI) — As new cases of polio emerged in Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday the government would battle the infectious disease.
Senior Al-Qaida official asks Islamic State to spare American hostage

Senior Al-Qaida official asks Islamic State to spare American hostage

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 24 (UPI) — An al-Qaida senior official has become an unlikely defender of Peter Kassig, an American held hostage by the Islamic State.
Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters to be polled

Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters to be polled

HONG KONG, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement said Friday they would seek a poll to determine if city authorities’ proposals should be accepted.
Brazil's president charges magazine with 'electoral terrorism'

Brazil’s president charges magazine with ‘electoral terrorism’

SAO PAULO, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff accused Veja magazine Friday of “electoral terrorism” for reporting she was aware of embezzlement at Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
Pakistan releases suspect in Daniel Pearl murder

Pakistan releases suspect in Daniel Pearl murder

HYDERBAD , Pakistan, Oct. 24 (UPI) — A suspect in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel pearl was freed Friday by an anti-terrorist court in Pakistan.
Sinai car bomb kills 25 Egyptian soldiers

Sinai car bomb kills 25 Egyptian soldiers

EL ARISH , Egypt, Oct. 24 (UPI) — A car bomb Friday killed at least 25 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint in the Sinai peninsula.
UNESCO: Crimea part of Ukraine, not Russia

UNESCO: Crimea part of Ukraine, not Russia

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 24 (UPI) — The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has affirmed Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine.
Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles

Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles

OTTAWA, Oct. 24 (UPI) — As details emerge of Wednesday’s assault on Canada’s Parliament building in Ottawa, a legislator said weapons were being made by Parliament members in hiding.
U.S. outlines strategy to combat Islamic State funding

U.S. outlines strategy to combat Islamic State funding

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) — A senior U.S. Treasury Department official described Thursday how the U.S. is tracking and attempting to disrupt the Islamic State’s financial foundation.
Parents of Islamic State hostage Peter Kassig 'request instruction' from IS

Parents of Islamic State hostage Peter Kassig ‘request instruction’ from IS

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Paula Kassig, the mother of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State, again reached out to his captors using Twitter Thursday.
European Union pledges $1.26 billion to fight Ebola

European Union pledges $1.26 billion to fight Ebola

BRUSSELS, Oct. 24 (UPI) — The European Union committed one billion euros ($1.26 billion) to combat the spread of the Ebola virus Friday.

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: EXTREMISTS AMONG US…IT’S BEEN ONE HELL OF A WEEK

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This has been one hell of week for extremism. The mother of the Muslim convert who brought terror to Canada’s parliament divorced her husband after admitting an affair – just two years before her son’s life began to spiral out of control. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s mother, Susan Bibeau, made the stark admission: ‘I committed adultery’ in the papers filed in her divorce from Bulgasem Zehaf. They pulled Zehaf-Bibeau out mid-year from his $5,000 a year private school which had ‘Army-like’ discipline – and sent him to a down-at-heel public school instead.

The divorce was finalized in June 1999 and just two years later Zehaf-Bibeau was arrested for assault causing actual bodily harm in his first criminal offence, paving the way for his later radicalization. He would have been just 16 at the time and his parents’ split wrenched him away from his family life, his friends and his school. Even today the wounds appear to be raw. Susan Bibeau, now one of Canada’s top immigration officials, has admitted that she has not seen her son for the past five years as he became increasingly radicalized and drifted across Canada, his only mark on society being his growing list of crimes. His life reached its terrifying conclusion on Wednesday when he shot dead Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, as he was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, walked a short distance to Parliament and unleashed an estimated 50 rounds from his Winchester.30 caliber rifle before being shot dead. It was one of the most brazen terrorist attacks on a Western country in the last few years – but now investigators are trying to work out why Zehaf-Bibeau did it. Wouldn’t we all like to know?  The Muslim convert who attacked four police officers with a hatchet yesterday afternoon was a ‘recluse’ who kept two sharp axes and a hunting knife at home. Zale Thompson, 32, was shot dead yesterday after charging at the officers in Queens with a hatchet in his hands. He slashed at one policeman’s head, seriously wounding him, and hurt another. And it has now emerged that Thompson kept even more dangerous weapons at home, converted to radical Islam two years ago, and that even his own family describe him as a ‘recluse’.

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Police searches on Thompson’s home in Queens turned up another ‘weaponized’ hatchet, and a long, wide-bladed hunting knife. Officers seized Thompson’s computers and are analyzing them for links to extremist organizations. According to officers, Thompson was a ‘recluse’ who spent most of his time in his bedroom. He was described as a ‘self-radicalized’ Muslim who converted about two years ago. Investigators believe Thompson was a loner and carried out yesterday’s attack without any help – though they are probing potential links to other extremists. Probably a good idea.

A 34-year-old carjacker who today shot to death two sheriff’s deputies, injured one other and gravely wounded a motorist during a 30-mile bloody spree in California has been arrested, police have said. Marcelo Marquez stole three cars as he scaled two Sacramento counties with a female accomplice, who had a handgun in her purse, according to Dena Erwin of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. In the first of three attacks, he allegedly shot deputy Danny Oliver, a 47-year-old father of two, in the forehead in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at Arden and Ethan Way. Mr Oliver, a 15-year veteran of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department with a wife and two daughters, was pronounced dead at the scene, reported The Sacramento Bee.

During the other attacks, Marquez allegedly killed an unnamed Placer County sheriff, injured another deputy from the same office and badly wounded a motorist, according to CBS Sacramento. This morning, authorities launched a manhunt for Marquez and his accomplice, during which they searched along a steep, tree-lined river canyon in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Auburn.

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At 2pm, they confirmed the woman was in custody, but said Marquez was still being sought near Auburn, off Interstate 80, according to USA Today. But now, they have arrested Marquez after surrounding a house in Belmont Drive, 30 miles west of the Sacramento neighborhood where Mr Oliver was killed.  According to officials, Marquez shot dead his first victim in the parking lot of a motel at 10.27am local time as he made off with his first stolen vehicle in Carmichael county.  Witnesses said at least five shots were fired at Mr Oliver, who had reportedly approached the ‘suspicious’ vehicle and is the first county deputy to have been killed since 2008.  Marquez then drove nine minutes south and carjacked another car – shooting the driver who refused to give up his keys, police said. Details of the motorist’s condition are unknown. From there, the suspect and his companion drove round the corner and leaped into a truck – a red Ford F-150 – which they drove 30 miles north east to Auburn county.

Following the third carjacking, a Blue Alert was issued by the California Highway Patrol to be on the lookout for the stolen truck. The suspects are believed to have changed out of their blood-stained clothes en route. On Maidu Drive in Auburn, at 1pm, two deputies approached the truck but the suspect opened fire, shooting both, before driving off. One of the deputies has since died. During the manhunt, all Auburn Union School District schools were on lock down, it is reported.  A gunman opened fire in a high school north of Seattle, killing a female student and critically wounding four others before turning the gun on himself, according to officials. The student shooter, identified by witnesses as freshman Jaylen Fryberg, opened fire Friday morning just before 11 a.m. local time inside the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School, some 35 miles north of Seattle.

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The dead gunman is the lone shooter, Marysville police Cmdr. Robert Lamoureux said. Three students, two girls and a boy, were shot in the head and are in “very critical condition” at Providence Regional Hospital, Dr. Joanne Roberts said, while a total of two students are dead, according to police. A fourth student, a boy, was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Roberts said. Student witnesses told the Daily News it was a normal day, lunchtime at the school, when the shooting broke out around 10:45 a.m. “I was trying to get out of the lunch table and I turned back around and (the gunman) looked me dead in the eye – gave me almost a smirk – and took one step, moved his arm and started shooting,” witness Harlie Kallicott, a 14-year-old freshman, told DMN.

Harlie’s boyfriend, Jordan Luton, said he knew Jaylen, who seemed normal Friday at school right up until he opened fire. The two played with each other on the school football team. Jordan said Jaylen, a Native American, had gotten into a fight with a classmate two weeks before the shooting after the student lobbed a racist comment at Jaylen. Jordan was in the cafeteria when the boy opened fire. The shooter used a pistol, the witnesses said. “I heard a loud bang, I didn’t know what it was,” said Jordan, who sat beside his girlfriend during the shooting. “I heard four or five more and I heard people screaming. I just dropped to the floor … I could feel the bullets almost shaking my body from the noise.” The shooter’s online persona painted the picture of a tortured teen. Jaylen frequently posted to Twitter, writing on Tuesday: “It breaks me… It actually does… I know it seems like I’m sweating it off … But I’m not.. And I never will be able to…”

On Thursday, the day before the shooting, he wrote: “It won’t last…. It’ll never last….” The anguish apparently lasted for months. In August, he wrote (all sic): “Your gonna piss me off… And then some s—- gonna go down and I don’t think you’ll like it…”Images from the scene shows a massive police and medical response to the scene. Students walked out of the school with their arms above their heads. All injured students were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Evacuated students were brought to a nearby church while others remained inside the classroom as police worked to evacuate the school.

 

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2 dead, several hurt in Wash. school shooting

Police confirm the gunman, a student, is among dead in a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Wash.

 

 

HANNAHGRAHAM’S REMAINS IDENTIFIED

Her body was found eight miles from where the University of Virginia student was last seen on September 13, authorities say. FULL STORY

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Pentagon: North Korea can probably build a rocket-mounted nuclear warhead

Pentagon: North Korea can probably build a rocket-mounted nuclear warhead

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) — North Korea is believed to have developed the technology to rocket-mount miniaturized nuclear weapons, according to a top military official.
Ukraine intel service foils plot ahead of parliamentary elections

Ukraine intel service foils plot ahead of parliamentary elections

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Ukraine’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies have stopped a plot to disrupt Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
Yale study predicts huge increase in Ebola cases in Liberia

Yale study predicts huge increase in Ebola cases in Liberia

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 24 (UPI) — A study by the Yale University School of Public Health suggests a massive increase in Ebola virus cases will affect Liberia within weeks.
Pakistan PM urges eradication of polio

Pakistan PM urges eradication of polio

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 24 (UPI) — As new cases of polio emerged in Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday the government would battle the infectious disease.
Senior Al-Qaida official asks Islamic State to spare American hostage

Senior Al-Qaida official asks Islamic State to spare American hostage

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 24 (UPI) — An al-Qaida senior official has become an unlikely defender of Peter Kassig, an American held hostage by the Islamic State.
Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters to be polled

Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters to be polled

HONG KONG, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement said Friday they would seek a poll to determine if city authorities’ proposals should be accepted.
Brazil's president charges magazine with 'electoral terrorism'

Brazil’s president charges magazine with ‘electoral terrorism’

SAO PAULO, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff accused Veja magazine Friday of “electoral terrorism” for reporting she was aware of embezzlement at Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
Pakistan releases suspect in Daniel Pearl murder

Pakistan releases suspect in Daniel Pearl murder

HYDERBAD , Pakistan, Oct. 24 (UPI) — A suspect in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel pearl was freed Friday by an anti-terrorist court in Pakistan.
Sinai car bomb kills 25 Egyptian soldiers

Sinai car bomb kills 25 Egyptian soldiers

EL ARISH , Egypt, Oct. 24 (UPI) — A car bomb Friday killed at least 25 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint in the Sinai peninsula.
UNESCO: Crimea part of Ukraine, not Russia

UNESCO: Crimea part of Ukraine, not Russia

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 24 (UPI) — The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has affirmed Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine.
Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles

Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles

OTTAWA, Oct. 24 (UPI) — As details emerge of Wednesday’s assault on Canada’s Parliament building in Ottawa, a legislator said weapons were being made by Parliament members in hiding.
U.S. outlines strategy to combat Islamic State funding

U.S. outlines strategy to combat Islamic State funding

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) — A senior U.S. Treasury Department official described Thursday how the U.S. is tracking and attempting to disrupt the Islamic State’s financial foundation.
Parents of Islamic State hostage Peter Kassig 'request instruction' from IS

Parents of Islamic State hostage Peter Kassig ‘request instruction’ from IS

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Paula Kassig, the mother of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State, again reached out to his captors using Twitter Thursday.
European Union pledges $1.26 billion to fight Ebola

European Union pledges $1.26 billion to fight Ebola

BRUSSELS, Oct. 24 (UPI) — The European Union committed one billion euros ($1.26 billion) to combat the spread of the Ebola virus Friday.
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State

U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Air assault against Islamic State-controlled oil infrastructure may be degrading the militant group’s finances, but total destruction may require more effort.

It’s not over: Airbag recall could expand

At least four deaths and numerous injuries were linked to the parts.

It's not over: Airbag recall could expand

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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: TERROR STRIKES IN CANADA…NATION IN SHOCK

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The reservist soldier shot dead Wednesday as he stood guard at Canada’s War Memorial in Ottawa was photographed by a Parliament Hill visitor mere moments before the horrific act of terror. Corporal Nathan Cirillo is pictured in what is in all likelihood the final photo taken of the 24-year-old father before he was shot at close range and fatally wounded. Seconds later, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot Cirillo, whose ceremonial weapon was not loaded. The soldier was rushed to a hospital, but soon succumbed to the wounds. Twitter user Kamakazi19982 posted the photo with the caption: ‘Ok so we were on a tour at the war monument in Ottawa a few minutes ago, a few seconds later there was a shooting.’ The Hamilton, Ontario native served Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.  That regiment is one of the country’s largest army reserve units in Canada and guarding the National War Memorial is part soldiers’ ceremonial duties.

The reservists are rotated on an hourly or bi-hourly basis, and it could have been any of the men — some part-time and others full — who served the duty on Parliament Hill Wednesday in their Black Watch tartan kilt, Glengarry and other regimental garb. But the fate befell Cirillo. Many of his closest friends were in his regiment, including Brendan Stevenson, who was believed to be standing beside him at the grave of the unknown soldier when he was shot, according to Maclean’s.  Now his friends, family and fellow soldiers must try to make sense of what was an entirely senseless act. His devastated mother is on her way to Ottawa. ‘Nathan was a good man,’ friend Marie Michele told CBC News. ‘He would give anything to anyone.’  Michele said she learned she’d lost her friends in one of the most shocking ways imaginable–seeing it on TV. ‘I saw his face and it was him,’ Michele said. ‘That’s how I found out it was Nathan.’

Other family members said they found out Cirillo was the victim after seeing footage on the news. ‘When I saw the ambulance take him in and I saw his receding hairline, I knew it was my nephew,’ an unidentified aunt told the Globe and Mail. Friend Michele added that the soldier loved country music and was a fitness fanatic who had worked as a personal trainer. Cirillo had dreamed of serving his country since he was a teenager. He became a cadet when he was just 13 and joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders about five years ago. ‘He always had a smile on his face,’ his friend Peter DiBussolo told The Ottawa Citizen. ‘He was always walking around giving people handshakes, introducing people to himself.’  In addition to his young son, who’s now without a father, Cirillo leaves behind his two German shepherds.

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Photos on his Instagram account show Cirillo cuddling a number of rescued dogs and spending time with his six-year-old son Marcus, who has just started kindergarten. On a Facebook memorial page, set up just hours after Cirillo’s death, friends and loved ones recounted stories of his kindness.  One described an incident where she had traveled to Hamilton for a night out with friends but they were unable to meet her – but Cirillo was there.   ‘Nathan stayed in downtown after he had finished with the army and waited for me even though it was snowing and well below 0C and my bus was over an hour late,’ Megan Newman wrote. ‘He stood at the station and waited and took me home, he even had a coffee in his hand for me. He was a true stand-up guy, who lived for his son and family also the military. He will be a big miss.’

At a press conference, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud told reporters: ‘Our thoughts are with the member and the members of his family at this time.’ Nathan’s uncle Jim Cirillo told reporters from a home in Hamilton that the soldier’s mother is in total shock. ‘She’s saying she doesn’t believe it,’ he told CBC. ‘She went on the internet and she saw it and she…I don’t know how she didn’t pass out. She’s just completely broken, broken right now.’ Kathy will now likely take care of Cirillo’s kindergarten age son Marcus, as the boy’s mother Kendra is no longer in the picture, CBC reported. He met Kendra as a teenager at the Ancaster Fair in Jerseyville after he was kicked out for not paying to get in. Outside he met Kendra and a friend, who asked for a ride home, Metro News reported.

Manager Billy Pozeg of Club Absinthe, where Cirillo worked as a bouncer, told CBC Cirillo often showed up straight from the armury in his fatigues.  No matter how tired he was from back-to-back shifts, he lifted the mood of every room he entered, Pozeg said.  According to Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina, who visited the distraught family, Nathan came from ‘a beautiful home. Clean as a whip. Pictures of Nathan and his two sisters on the wall. It was the kind of place that any of us would feel right at home going into.’ Bratina had made the rounds Wednesday, to the Cirillo family home and to the armory, with Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire. ‘It was very sad but there was some comfort in being with Chief De Caire, who has experience with dealing with sudden loss of life,’ Bratina said. ‘We had some hugs and tears.’   The horror began when a masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada’s prime minister called it the country’s second terrorist attack in three days. ‘We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,’ Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed in an address to the nation.

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Just moments after he gunned down Canadian Parliament shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, heroic sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers was seen calmly walking through the halls, gun in hand. The 58-year-old RCMP veteran has been hailed a hero after putting a swift stop to the attacker’s hail of gunfire after he shot dead a soldier and then stormed the building on Wednesday morning. A CBC News still shows Vickers holding the gun and walking through the House of Commons’ moments after taking down the assailant.  Vickers has been the House of Commons’ head of security since 2005 and will now go down in history as one of its most memorable after he bravely pursued and took down Zehaf-Bibeau.

Despite working for the RCMP for three decades, relatives said the incident was the first time in his career that Vickers had ever shot anyone. Riveting video taken inside Ottawa’s House of Commons makes startlingly real just how heart-thumpingly dangerous the situation was that Vickers heroically diffused.  A rush of armed police can be seen running toward an unseen suspect as the video from Globe and Mail opens. At the head of the pack is a man moving swiftly with his gun in hand toward Zehaf-Bibeau, who had moments before murdered a reservist who stood guard at Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown soldier. The death of that man, a 24-year-old father of a young son, Nathan Cirillo, would soon be avenged as Vickers takes aim inside the cavernous parliamentary building and fires off multiple shots.

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As those shots echo throughout the hall, the video goes wobbly as the men behind their leader Vickers move for cover.  And like that, it was over. Vickers had brought to a close the terrifying scene of senseless violence in mere moments of professional poise. ‘MPs and Hill staff owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot attacker just outside the MPs’ caucus rooms,’ tweeted New Democrat MP Craig Scott. Matt Miller, the Vancouver Observer’s parliamentary bureau chief, concurred.  ‘Kevin is definitely a hero,’ Miller told CNN. Vickers has honed his peacekeeping skills over a prestigious 28-year career as a member Royal Canadian Mounted Police. And peacekeeping is the word. According to his brother, Wednesday’s showdown was Vickers’ first exchange of gunfire with a suspect in his nearly three-decade long career. ‘For it now to happen at Parliament … is unbelievable,’ John Vickers told CNN. ‘We’re just relieved he’s OK.’

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Muslim convert who fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo – a 24-year-old father standing guard at Ottawa’s War Memorial, was a petty criminal and the son of a leading Canadian immigration official, it has been revealed. Born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall and raised in Laval, just north of Montreal, the young man lived a quiet childhood of private schools and suburban homes, with a mother who was a high ranking federal employee. Then, after years of run-ins with the law, he converted to Islam. A criminal court database shows 13 identified Quebec court records dating back to June 2001 in Montreal involving Zehaf-Bibeau. He was charged in February 2004 for possession of marijuana and possession of PCP. He pleaded guilty to both charges in December 2004, serving one day in prison for marijuana possession and 60 days for PCP possession. He also spent a day in jail in March of 2004 for a parole violation and was again convicted of marijuana possession in 2009.

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In another case, he received a six-month sentence in 2003 and three years’ probation on a weapons charge, according to the Herald News. There was also a prior conviction for assault causing bodily harm in 2001 for which he received a suspended sentence and a fine. His longest sentence was for robbery, possession of break-in tools, theft and conspiracy with a co-accused in 2003, for which he was sentenced to two years in jail and three years probation. It is uncertain how much of that sentence he ultimately ended up serving.  In 2011, he was again charged with robbery, this time in Vancouver, but served only one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of uttering threats, and was credited with 66 days in pre-trial custody. Records show that in the 2011 case, he underwent a psychiatric assessment prior to his conviction and was found fit to stand trial.

One of his friends, David Bathurst, a fellow convert, said he met him at at the Masjid al-Salaam mosque in Burnaby, British Columbia about three years ago. Bathurst even got Zehaf-Bibeau a job at his family’s business, Bathurst Irrigation. He said the young man lived in a small and unfurnished apartment, and that while he did not ‘at first appear to have extremist views or inclinations toward violence’ he ‘at times exhibited a disturbing side.’ ‘We were having a conversation in a kitchen, and I don’t know how he worded it: He said the devil is after him,’ Bathurst said. ‘I think he must have been mentally ill.’ He cited one time Bibeau called police to the mosque to confess to a crime he had committed years before.

Bathurst said Bibeau wanted to travel to the Middle East, and he urged him to make sure it was just studying on his mind. He says Zehaf-Bibeau told him he was ‘only going abroad with the intent of learning about Islam and to study Arabic.’ He was never able to go though, and sources told The Globe and Mail ‘he had not been able to secure a valid travel document from federal officials, who have been taking measures to prevent Canadians from joining extremists overseas.’  It’s understood that he traveled to the U.S on four occasions – most recently in 2013. Officials there are trying to trace who he met while in the country. It’s not known at this time if he made contact with any extremists, according to CNN. Bathurst says that after friction with the elders at the house of worship, Zehaf-Bibeau was eventually asked to stop attending prayers at the mosque.  Bathurst also brought up that Zehaf-Bibeau knew Hasibullah Yusufzai, a British Columbia man, charged under an anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving Canada to join Islamist fighters in Syria. He remains at large.

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: OTTAWA ATTACK…INCREDIBLE FAILURE FOR CANADIAN INTELLIGENCE

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Terror came to Canada yesterday. That’s the thought running through the heads of many Canadians as the national capital remained in lockdown into Wednesday evening, following an assault on the national parliament amid a debate on whether to engage Isis in Iraq and how to defend against Islamic extremism at home. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, armed with a high-powered rifle, drove to Parliament Hill, left his car running, shot a ceremonial guard at the nearby National War Memorial, before heading to the seat of Canada’s democracy, where he was gunned down by the head of security for the building. In a room just a few meters from where the gunman fell, prime minister Stephen Harper was discussing how to respond to the increased threat of homegrown terrorism with members of his party. That response will be even more treacherous now.

My day should have begun with a walk through the Hall of Honor, the grand, central ceremonial hall at the heart of parliament. That’s where the shootings began and, seemingly, ended. Other journalists had assembled there for “outs” — our attempt to catch ministers and MPs as they leave their weekly caucus meeting in rooms adjacent to the hall. Instead, I was upstairs trying to grab breakfast. As I headed down, a member of parliament frantically opened the door to the stairs, desperately warning that a shooter was on the loose. Since then, I’ve been barricaded in a room, with a government minister, other MPs and staffers, all waiting to be evacuated.

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Before the shots rang out, and just a few steps away, the prime minister and his caucus were discussing how best to tackle the growing scourge of homegrown terrorism. That discussion was spurred by an attack against Canadian military personal on Monday, and amid increasingly urgent reports from Canada’s intelligence agencies that the homegrown terror threat was very real. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) released a report this month, saying it had identified 90 radicalized Canadians who were either trying to leave Canada and fight for the Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq, or planning to launch attacks in Canada.

One such radical was Martin Rouleau-Couture, a Quebecer who had converted to Islam and had already attempted to travel Iraq to fight with Isis there. He killed a veteran member of the Canadian forces in an attack near a Quebec military base on Monday. It was not clear on Wednesday night whether Zehaf-Bibeau was on that list too. These two attacks constitute a spectacular failure for CSIS, which had claimed to be actively protecting the country against a plethora of terrorist threats. While the threat level was raised in the day before Wednesday’s attack, there appeared to be no serious escalation in security near parliament. In a committee hearing earlier in the month, the director of CSIS promised parliamentarians that that the threat was real, but not imminent.

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The new legislation being pondered by Harper’s government would reportedly expand the powers of CSIS to investigate, apprehend and detain homegrown terrorists. Early reports of the yet-to-be-introduced legislation indicate that CSIS wants the power to take advantage of the so-called “Five Eyes” spy network to which Canada, the United Kingdom, America, Australia and New Zealand all belong. The service is also requesting more power to track Canadians they believe have been radicalized, and to take more advantage of anonymous sources. But given that the government has already accorded the spy agencies ever-more powers in recent years, questions remain about why there is even a need for more tools.

Powers crafted in 2012 enable law enforcement to arrest and prosecute Canadians who try to leave the country to fight for a terrorist organization. That raises the question of why Rouleau-Couture was not apprehended well before he carried out his attack on Monday. In addition to those powers, the law establishes secret courts to compel material witnesses or accomplices to divulge information about prospective terror attacks. That legislation also give police the power to preventatively arrest would-be terrorists. In the coming days, it’s all but certain that those powers will be employed to ensure that copycat attacks won’t be launched against other installations across the country.