Ep. 91: Mubin Shaikh
Mubin Shaikh is a former Muslim supremacist turned undercover operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET). Shaikh worked multiple CLASSIFIED infiltration operations, online and on the ground. The last investigation became public when the RCMP in the “Toronto 18″ terrorism case of 2006, arrested 18 individuals. In total, 11 aspiring violent extremists were convicted after 5 legal hearings over 4 years in which Shaikh was the main Fact Witness.
Shaikh has a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT), is an external SME (Subject Matter Expert) to the Command Staff of CENTCOM, the United Nations Security Council and others, and trains police, intelligence and special operations forces on related topics. He was extensively involved with the ISIS social media boom, having infiltrated their networks online. Some of these individuals went on to be targeted by Coalition forces, some investigated by the FBI (and others), as well as those who were convinced to leave the group completely. He also deals with the Foreign Fighter file, including Returnees and rehabilitation at the international level.
Shaikh is also co-author of the acclaimed book, Undercover Jihadi and is featured in a permanent exhibit at the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. under, “Preventing Terror.”
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
About two years ago, an opportunity to travel to Japan emerged from some of the consultancy work I do. Since my approach to preventing violence and extremism is unique and effective (I hope to share something about this soon), and since my background in comparative religions is well known amongst the people I work for and with, there was interest for me to travel and meet with Japanese religious leaders, especially Muslims, and share information and lessons learned. It was supposed to be a simple, straightforward trip, and from a business point of view it was. However, even though I travel frequently, at that point I had never been to Japan, and since this seemed like a onetime opportunity, I decided to make the most of it. What follows is how I took this simple opportunity and developed it into a long-term, fruitful relationship that will forever be a part of me.MORE