Today in the news: Canadian police foil train terror plot

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

News to know

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have announced that they have arrested two people who were planning to carry out a terrorist attack on a Canadian passenger train, CNN reports. The two suspects, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, reportedly plotted to murder people on a VIA train. Authorities say that while the suspects had the capacity to carry out an attack, the public was never in any immediate danger.

Quote of note

"He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions." - White House spokesman Jay Carney, on the decision to charge Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev as a U.S. citizen instead of as an enemy combatant, according to Reuters. Federal prosecutors charged Tsarnaev earlier today with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. The charge of using a weapon of mass destruction makes him eligible for the death penalty.

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