Canada warns of crowdfunded terrorismJanuary 4, 2015
As Money Jihad noted in 2014, Islamists generally view crowdfunding as a sharia-compliant form of project financing. Inadequate terms of service and controls by online crowdsourcing sites are allowing the websites to be exploited by Muslim men living in the West who want to fund their travel to join the fight in Syria. Recent comments by a Canadian intelligence deputy director confirm this growing and disturbing trend. From Québecor Media Inc newswire (h/t El Grillo):
Terrorists turn to web to fund travel
By Andrew McIntosh,QMI Agency
MONTREAL – Some Canadians, intent on joining jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria but low on funds, have taken to the web to raise cash.
The turn to crowdsourcing online has netted potential terrorists as much as $10,000 each. It’s a worrying trend, according to Michael Peirce, a deputy director at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).
Peirce recently raised the issue while testifying before the Senate’s standing committee on national security and defence.
“When we’re talking about individuals, for instance, individuals who are raising money for terrorist purposes within Canada, they can be relatively moderate sums, up to $10,000,” he told the committee.
While that figure is what can be expected for an individual, the amount that an organization can raise can reach six figures.
The groups and individuals are able to raise such large amounts by obscuring where the money will actually be going, Peirce explained, which also makes it difficult to prove wrongdoing.
“They won’t necessarily direct the full purpose of raising funds,” he said. “Again, they might do it under the cover of humanitarian aid”…