Islamists are encouraging Muslims to live in isolated communities in Canada, a new intelligence report details. The de-classified report, produced by Canada's Integrated Threat Assessment Centre (ITAC), concludes that these groups, cut off from society, could create an environment which cultivates radicalization.
"Even if the use of violence is not outwardly expressed," the report reads, "the creation of isolated communities can spawn groups that are exclusivist and potentially open to messages in which violence is advocated." Radical messages inside these societies might "incubate and eventually become a catalyst for violence," the report predicts. "At a minimum, isolationism undermines a multicultural and democratic society."
According to the National Post, which obtained a copy of the report, this information was first distributed among Canadian officials last year after Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT), a group dedicated to the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, held a conference in Ontario. HuT is discussed in the Canadian assessment along with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been largely influenced by the late Sayyid Qutb, an Egyptian thinker and source of inspiration to Osama bin Laden.
HuT held a conference in Chicago last year, in which a speaker advocated the superiority of Shariah over the American constitution.
Both HuT and the Muslim Brotherhood say publically that they do not support using violence as a means to achieve their objectives, though leaders in both groups have advocated violence in the past.
Views on violence shouldn't be the only topic of concern when it comes to Islamist groups, the report warns. It notes that Western governments have spent a disproportional amount of time studying Islamist groups' take on violence, while largely ignoring "Islamist social ideology." Yet, some of these movements "advocate a rejection of Western society" and "encourage self-imposed isolation of Muslims in the West."
The Canadian report was recently made public under Canada's Access to Information Act.