Criminal extremism describes the nexus between terrorist groups and organzed crime. Hisotrically ideological differences separated the two but money has become the common denominator, it is the goal of criminals and the enabler of terrorist. Crime serves to finance terrorism in Canada. While some terrorist groups have embraced criminal activities in order to finance their operations, in the case of the Tamil Tigers, criminals formed terrorist groups. According to the Toronto police Tamil task force, there were as many as 8,000 members of, “Tamil terrorist factions” in Toronto in 2000. Activities most commonly involve bank fraud, migrant smuggling, credit and debit card fraud, mortgage fraud, theft, extortion, and money laundering. In 2012 John Thompson suggested that the LTTE created a Sri Lankan Diaspora as a mechanism to maintain an international support structure. (Pg 4, 2014)
Canadian Tamils operated at least 15 forgery shops in southern Ontario…… While the LTTE made a profession out of document forgery, it is not the only terrorist/criminal organisation to have done so.( Pg 6, 2014)
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