The barbarians are inside the gates – and among those monitoring the gates. At least, that’s what’s to be gleaned from the employees of Montreal’s International Airport, where four employees had their access levels scaled back as a precautionary measure as an investigation into the potential radicalization of them is launched.
The story was broken by the Journal de Montreal, which is written in French, so this quote comes from a similar report published in the Montreal Gazette, which stated that the four employees, at least two who still work at the airport have shown signs of radicalization that police investigators consider worrisome. Some visited pro-ISIL websites, published propaganda on social media and consulted an abnormal number of documents explaining how to make homemade explosives, the Journal says.
One employee, who had access to the airport’s runways and airplanes, made comments about the November 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.
The report suggests the employees either don’t work for the airport anymore or have been reassigned to positions far from the runway and airplanes.
Yes – two of those suspected of having terror ties are still employed at the airport.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chimed in on the matter yesterday, stating “When issues come to light we deal with them in a responsible way, we look into what happened and how we can ensure that Canadians remain safe in air travel.”
Back in March of 2016, the Salafist, Gaza Strip based jihadist Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari claimed in an interview that “The Islamic State has agents working in Western airports, metro stations and “very sensitive facilities in the world.”
And in June of 2015, NBC News reported that the TSA had failed to identify 73 airport employees that had links to terrorism, because the TSA is “not authorized to receive all terrorism-related information under current interagency watchlisting policy.”
There’s nothing that goes unchecked every time we go to an airport and spend hours going through security. The only thing airports are forgetting to check is their employees themselves, it seems.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]