Zakaria Amara is currently living in a Millhaven maximum security prison, where he's serving a life sentence for leading a terrorist group's plan to orchestrate truck bombings in downtown Toronto. The plan inspired by the Al Qaeda landed Amara in jail for the rest of his life, and you would suspect it would be the last anyone would hear of him. But, if you have Facebook, that's just not the case.
Over the past six months, a Facebook page with Zakaria's name has been active online and posting his prison photos. The page has also been updated with posts apparently penned by Amara in which he talks about why he became a terrorist. The page went unnoticed for months - that is, until now.
If you are unfamiliar with Amara, he was the leader of a group called The Toronto 18, a terrorist group of 18 members aiming to attack the city. They went as far as to hold a "training camp" for more members over in Washago, Ontario before beginning to plan what was set to be a collection of car bombings aimed at the Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto CSIS building and Canada military base. That plan was never followed through, thanks to CSIS and RCMP who arrested the group back in June of 2006.
Though, while Amara has been behind bars ever since, it wasn't until Wednesday when the Facebook account reached the media that they found the account was opened back in March. It was taken down by Facebook moderators for "violating community standards." The social media site also went on to say they don't "allow mass murderers to maintain a presence on Facebook," as well as impersonators pretending to be them.
It was later determined that the account in question has been run by somebody living in Mississauga, while Amara is in Millhaven. When people questioned if the account was real while it was still active, the person handling the page responded saying "this is a real account." While someone else could have been running the account, that doesn't mean Amara wasn't involved.
The Correctional Service of Canada confirmed that inmates don't have access to the Internet, but they do have access to purchasing photos that are taken by photographers in the facility. It's possible that Amara could have been sending these photos to whoever was in charge of the account, as well as his own prose to post as status updates.
Regardless of whether it really was Amara or not on the page, his presence online is now long gone. It's expected that any other terrorists who have pages will be purged in the next coming days as a result of Facebook's new awareness of who could be hiding on their site.
Source: Global News