Mohammed Harkat was the poster boy for the Canadian far left's efforts to undermine security regulations and our domestic intelligence agencies' ability to protect the nation from terrorist threats.
The rad-left routinely depicted him as the "victim" of an "unconstitutional" process involving secret information. He married a Canadian wife who would do what she could to publicize the supposed hardship of Harkat's house arrest and monitoring conditions and try to tug on the heartstrings of the gullible. But sources in the Canadian security establishment painted a very different picture. From their accounts, Harkat was someone deeply involved with Islamic terrorist organizations and was playing Canada's lax immigration system and Canadians for dupes.
Sources have reported that CSIS and other intelligence services, rather than exaggerating the danger posed by Harkat, actually held back some damaging information about him from the courts in order to protect the sources and means by which it was acquired.
A former CSIS official once said to me, "if you knew what I knew about what Islamic terrrorists are up to in this country, you wouldn't sleep at night." I believe him.
...The government has alleged Harkat is an al-Qaida sleeper agent and accused him of running a safe house in Pakistan in his late teens, communicating with senior al-Qaida members, and having links to Al Gama’a al-Islamiyya, an Islamic extremist group based in Egypt...
However, as one might expect, despite the Supreme Court's ruling today, this process could still drag on for years.