261: Mubin Shaikh | Up Close with an Undercover Jihadi
Mubin Shaikh (@MrMubinShaikh) is a former Islamic extremist who became an undercover counter-terrorism operative instrumental in exposing a plot to hold Canada's Parliament hostage and behead the Prime Minister. He is the co-author of Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18 -- Al Qaeda Inspired, Homegrown Terrorism in the West.
What We Discuss with Mubin Shaikh:
- What does "radicalization" mean to someone who's experienced it firsthand, and how can it convert a teenaged Canadian metalhead into a true believer of a cause that uses terrorism to accomplish its goals?
- What did it take for this true believer to change course and start working for his government's counter-terrorist agency?
- The differences between Sufi and Wahhabi Islam, and what makes the latter a more suitable creed for extremists.
- Why "terrorism is the atom bomb of the poor man."
- How Mubin's undercover work exposed a massive terrorist plot, and what the aftermath of this operation looked like.
- And much more...
Full show notes and resources can be found here: https://jordanharbinger.com/261
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