CBC National Affairs Specialist, Greg Weston
Two men, one who made his home in Toronto and one who made his home in Montreal are in custody this morning. If they did what police think they did, that may be their view for some time to come.
The RCMP says the men plotted to attack and derail a Via Rail train. Police say they've been watching the men for about a year -- after getting a tip from the Muslim community that something was wrong.
Police asked a number of Muslim leaders to attend a briefing prior to announcing the arrests. Robert Heft was there. He runs a counseling program for troubled Muslim youth. We aired a clip.
And while the authorities have revealed few details and motives, they say its all part of a plot guided and directed from al-Qaeda operatives -- in Iran.
Greg Weston is the national affairs specialist at the CBC's bureau in Ottawa. He broke this story, and he joined us in Toronto.
CNN's national security analyst, Peter Bergen
Many questions remain unanswered following yesterday's arrests. Among the most intriguing is that alleged connection between al-Qaeda, Iran and Canada.
Mark Hosenball is the national security correspondent for Reuters in Washington. He's been investigating the connections between the Canadian suspects and a specific al-Qaeda cell in Iran. We aired a clip.
Our next guest can shed added light on that. Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst and director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. His latest book is Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden -- From 9/11 to Abbottabad.
Royal Military College of Canada, Christian Leuprecht
Some Canadians may wonder what this all means for their personal safety and for the safety of rail travel. Our next guest says that rather than focusing on increasing physical security, developments like this are a reminder of the need to focus on resilience and deterrence.
Christian Leuprecht is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University. And we reached him in Kingston, Ontario.
This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino, Sujata Berry, Jessica deMello and Gord Westmacott.
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