“Mahmoud Jaballah has been banned from unsupervised communications with the outside world for nearly a decade, ever since he was accused of relaying messages for al-Qaeda before the deadly 1998 African embassy bombings.
“But last month, in a breach of the Egyptian’s bail conditions, a City of Toronto program for needy families installed a new high-speed Internet connection in his home.
“In late August, high-school student Afnan Essayyid, one of Mr. Jaballah’s six children, qualified for the City of Toronto’s Kids@Computers scholarship program, which gives free Internet connections to families on welfare.”
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE: David Janes (the guy behind Blogmatrix, my blogging platform) has a great idea:
“This sounds more like a ‘social justice’ program — i.e. Bucks for Buzz and his Boys — than it does a meaningful attempt to help anyone, but I’ve got a better deal for the city and the disadvantaged: outsource it to me and I’ll save the city lots of money and double the number of disadvantaged kids getting computers.”