Roots of Terror: A PIX11 special investigation

Posted at 3:15 PM, May 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-20 23:29:57-04

Last month, several suspects reported to be radicalized Muslim extremists, were arrested in the alleged Al Qaeda-backed plot to blow up a rail line between Toronto and New York City. In a PIX11 special investigation, Mary Murphy traveled to Toronto where she met with a former Muslim extremist and an undercover counter-terrorism operative.

Beginning Monday, the PIX11 News at Ten will feature “Roots of Terror” a three-part series by Mary Murphy detailing the security of our trains and the road to radicalization.


On Monday, May 20, Mary travels from Toronto to Niagara Falls on the Amtrak train bound for Penn Station in New York City. While in Canada, Mary spoke with Yusuf Badat, head imam at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, about the Muslim community’s key role in breaking the case, and his involvement with law enforcement since 9/11. In New York, Mary spoke with William Morange, former director of MTA security and rail security expert regarding security on our trains and ways to protect yourself while traveling.


On Tuesday, May, 21, Mary speaks with Mubin Shaikh, an undercover counterterrorism operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) who infiltrated a terror cell and helped with the arrest of suspects in the Toronto 18 case of 2006.

On Wednesday, May 22 Mary speaks with Muhammad Robert Heft, a one-time Lutheran who converted to Islam and became an extremist. Today, Heft is actively involved in the rehabilitation of young people who may be on the road to radicalization.

PIX11’s three-part investigation “Roots of Terror” begins this Monday on the PIX11 News at Ten.