L’une des porte-parole des CJFE, Michelle Moore, a confié à Alice Chantal Tchandem qu’en mettant sur pied des organismes indépendants ayant un pouvoir de surveillance au même titre que les structures de renseignement et de sécurité nationale qui existent déjà dans le pays, le gouvernement Trudeau crée un grave problème :
1) End mass surveillance and protect the private data of people and groups in Canada, including Indigenous communities, Muslims, journalists, environmentalists, labour organizers and academics while creating independent watchdog agencies for privacy and national security.
2) Support the Private Member’s Bill C-303 which would implement a line-by-line repeal of the provisions enacted by the Anti Terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51).
3) Support Private Member’s Bill S-231 which would create a press shield law and strengthen protection for advocates, whistleblowers and journalists.
Les optique pour les drones utilisés dans israélien optique pour les drones utilisés dans israélien Apartheid dans les territoires occupés payés par le contribuable Québec.
Aeronautics est le 5e plus grand fournisseur d’armes en Israel. Ils subventionnent la recherche en télémétrie et en optique de la plupart des universités Québécoises en vue d’utiliser cettte technologie pour continuer l’oppression du peuple Palestinien et leur politique étrangère agressive. dans les territoires occupés payés par le contribuable québec
Aeronautics est le 5e plus grand fournisseur d’armes en Israel. Ils subventionnent la recherche en télémétrie et en optique de la plupart des universités Québécoises en vue d’utiliser cettte technologie pour continuer l’oppression du peuple Palestinien et leur politique étrangère agressive.
very clearly that we stepped much farther into this fight with Prime minister Trudeau’s 2016 shift. The consequences of which could be nothing short of cataclysmic. From the continued horrendous suffering of the Syrian people, which is seeing bodies of whole families washing up on European shores, to the possibility of igniting a huge regional conflict if the Kurdish forces we are training and equipping claim their homeland by forcibly cutting off pieces of Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq,. The possibility of sparking a clash between NATO and the Russian Federation, or with Iran is not impossible. I was a Canadian soldier for ten years. Training whole units for combat operations ,of necessity, involves leading them in battle. General Vance Chief of the Defense Staff warned as much at the Liberal press briefing ,
“We want Canadians to know that we will be involved in engagements as we defend ourselves and those partners who we are working with,” Gen. Vance later told reporters. “You put more people on the ground in a dangerous place, it is riskier over all.” General Vance Chief of Defense Staff , February 8th, 2016
That’s what Mr Trudeau means when he says “advise and assist”. Witness also the recent assertion by Maj.-Gen. Charles Lamarre, director strategic joint staff, that Canadian advisers played a vital leadership role in defending then retaking ground near Mosul on December 16th of 2015. In plain English that means putting rounds down range for Canadian special forces, it means Canadian soldiers personally leading platoon sized units into the fire of the enemy. As evidence of ramping up of their operations the CF deployed of 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron specialist Griffon helicopters. The highly aggressive troops of the JTF2 are on the offensive. The fact is we are excellent at this task, far more skilled than our American cousins, and that is why the Obama administration and the US pentagon welcomed Canada’s new mission.
If Canada is to pursue an independent foreign policy then the issues raised here should be talking points on our evening news. As it is the military and government are left to pursue their policies in the dark with little to no input from Canadians and perhaps little comprehension of the possible outcomes
Rex Tillerson father of Iraqi Kurdistan?
In 2011 with Iraq headed toward chaos under the hardline Shia regime of Nouri al-Maliki Exxon mobile executive Rex Tillerson went looking in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish Regional Authority for new concessions. In 2011 after secret negotiations a deal was signed giving concessions to Exxon many n the so called disputed area that lies outside the boundary of the current Kurdish Regional Government area. This was viewed in Baghdad as solidifying the Kurd’s claim on the area and they are the same areas that Human Rights Watch claims of ethnic cleansing is taking place. With Rex Tillerson now becoming U.S. Secretary of State. It is likely that the Kurdish claims may now have American backing.
Some Québec Environmentalists and activists reaction to the scenario, Featuring Ellen Gabriel, Greenpeace Canada, and Filmmaker Olivier Asselin.
From February 8th to March 6th this year Canadian Forces conducted exercise Réaction Royal 2016. This exercise involved the entire 2nd Division, all the regular and reserve force units in Québec. The government’s DND website states; “The goal of the exercise is to confirm the abilities of Joint Task Force East to plan and conduct joint, national and inter agency operations during a humanitarian crisis.”The real scenario is somewhat darker. According to Canadian Forces spokesman the exercise scenario began with the sinking of a large cruise ship off the north coast of Québec. As the Canadian Forces start to deploy to help with rescue and recovery it is discovered that the ship was sunk by “terrorists.” In the exercise just as this is being discovered, “cells of the same group start attacking bases in southern Québec (St Jean sur Richelieu and Bagotville),” according to forces spokespeople. The problem here is that these fictional villains were not soldiers of the caliphate fighting for ISIS, according to Canadian Armed Forces spokespeople I interviewed, they were environmentalists.
This fictional battle against environmentalists was not just fought by the Canadian Forces. This was a “whole of government” response exercise involving the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service(CSIS), Communication Security Establishment Canada(CSEC, the NSA north), Royal Canadian Mounted Police,(RCMP), The Sûreté du Quebec(Québec provincial police) and the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal(SPVM).
Part of this fictional battle took place in cyber space with a fictional reservist leaking classified information on Facebook, and the use of social media to track down the cells of these fictional enviro-terrorists. To keep things exciting the cells of “environmental terrorists,” buzzed CF bases with drones and tried to infiltrate them by force. Canadian Forces members dressed in civilian cloths where used as crisis actors. As Quoted in “49 Nord,”
The scenario for Canadian Forces exercise Reaction Royale 2016
A radical ecological group, determined to undermine the credibility of the federal government and of the military by reducing their capability to maintain order, has started to conduct actions in the Arctic. Targeting mainly military installations as well as infrastructures critical to the province of Québec, the group could gather expansion in other provinces. Overwhelmed by a sinking in northern Quebec, the authorities asked the Canadian Armed Forces to intervene to support them and help in the humanitarian aid to the populations. Several cells are active in the south, in Greater Montreal and in the Sagueny
“In the Reserve Force, we all have another job as a civilian. We bring support to law enforcement forces , so this is known territory to me, I don’t just act like I know what I’m doing. In my other job, I am the commander of the tactical intervention Group of the Montréal Police ».
Lieutenant-colonel David Shane, Commander of the 4th Battalion Royal 22e Regiment
Translated from French by Manon Levesque
The exercise was run out of Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) in Ottawa, and it was a nationally resourced exercise which means the entire resources of the government could be activated as needed. This model for whole of government operations coordinated by the Armed Forces was worked out in Afghanistan over 10 years of counter insurgency. To be clear an operation like this would involve all the divisional assets; military intelligence teams sitting in rooms beside their RCMP, CSIS, CSEC, SQ, and SPVM colleagues tracking down these wayward environmentalists with the Joint Task Force 2 and Canadian Special Operations regiment on hand to practice planning to neutralize them once located.
The premise of the exercise scenario, that an environmental group would sink a large cruise liner is unlikely to say the least. Given that these large ships carry thousands of liters of various fuel oils and other chemicals, and with some of these ships carrying 5000+ passengers and crew the human toll would be unimaginable. There is however some logical basis, albeit twisted, for this aspect of the scenario. The North West Passage will for the first time be a route for cruise ships as the fast disappearing arctic ice, caused by fossil fuel driven climate warming, allows freer passage. The Government has been concerned as we have little capability to intervene in the event of an actual nautical disaster at these latitudes. Ships transiting this route face many dangers from icebergs to unpredictable weather that have nothing to do with bomb happy environmentalists who would inexplicably cause an environmental disaster to avert one.
Canadian environmental groups have no history of violence against persons. The “violent acts” against property they have committed barely rise to the level of simple vandalism. In fact the RCMP have more of a history of violent action against pipelines than environmental groups as seen in “Operation Kabriole”. So while it is an excellent idea for the Canadian Forces to practice deploying to assist with cruise ships in trouble in the Arctic the addition of the enviro-terrorist angle is disturbingly unjustified.
Lets move on to the “attacks by other cells on bases in the south.” The idea that environmental groups would attack Armed Forces bases is absolutely spurious. According to this scenario after creating an environmental disaster of their own by sinking the cruise ship, environmental groups start attacking bases including St Jean and Bagotville. Last I looked the Forces are not in the business of energy extraction. I can find no record of any social action group “attacking” the Army. Without exception environmental groups I spoke to repudiated the idea that they would attack any persons or group violently, and there is no historical example of anything remotely similar.
This is not however the first sign of this trend. It was widely reported that military intelligence was tracking the “Idle no more,” movement through 2013. It is important to remember the Armed Forces is not a law enforcement agency. The government book that
tells members of the forces what their jobs are lists the occupation of the Infantry as “to close with and destroy the enemy,” and apparently the enemy is us. Just this week it was revealed that the Canadian Forces has requested Communications Security Establishment to help it track an individual for a domestic operation
Given the resistance to the energy east pipeline in Québec the timing of the exercise is suspicious to be sure. But again to be clear the most “violent” thing protesters have done is to lock themselves to pipeline pumping stations. Surely, at most a matter for local police not the Canadian Army. Unfortunately, what this does do is habituate the members of the Armed Forces to think of their fellow citizens as potential threats. When soldiers are trained to use a rifle they fire at a figure 11 target. The figure 11 target is in the shape of a human , the brutal logic being that if you get someone used to lining up a human figure and pulling the trigger they wont think about it when ordered to do it for real. One wonders if the same logic is at play here. The CF carry out a wide range of difficult and dangerous functions. Their time would perhaps be better spent practicing some of those rather that training for a scenario that has absolutely no historical basis and is about as likely as an armed revolt in Medicine Hat.
One of the most troubling aspects of the exercise is its whole of government flavor. It has been awhile since the government, notably the RCMP, have swung their gaze to thwarting social\environmental movements
here in Canada. They have even developed their own language to make the threat seem more sinister when talking to their political masters. Anyone supporting any cause they find unpalatable is not an activist they are a “multi-issue extremist”. Any peaceful action be it a banner drop or a peaceful march is a “non-violent attack scenario”. And again military intelligence tracked the quite peaceful Idle No More protests. It is highly troubling that the Forces are being involved. The Forces have a very legitimate and long role of intervening in actual disasters from Red River floods, Québec ice storms, to the recent fires in Alberta. This is a vital and much needed role in our harsh northern wilderness. And perhaps military intelligence would have been better occupied discovering that much of ISIS’s oil was flowing through turkey in long vehicle convoys. A fact they seemed to miss until the Russian Air Force pointed it out. Let them practice these tasks instead of participating in this sweaty secret policeman’s fantasy
“It is becoming increasingly self-evident that if we as Canadians want to take control of our country, our communities and our lives we need to take matters into our own hands. We should begin strongly supporting our Québécois brothers and sisters in their courageous struggle for social justice by calling on the Québec Government to immediately end the brutal and illegal violence against their own people, our fellow citizens. Then we must join them, all of us, in the streets of our cities and towns from Victoria to Halifax”.
Additional Photos; Peter Thomas Kennedy
There is a revolution going on in the province of Québec, only it isn’t very quiet. For three long years now the people of Quebec have been taking to their streets, despite brutal and violent police repression. Outside of Québec these events are presented as a “student strike”. To be sure student groups, most notably A.S.S.É have been instrumental in leading the charge . But to characterize this as anything but a society-wide grassroots social uprising aimed at fundamentally changing their society would be a grave misjudgement.
I have watched these events unfold as a journalist in the thick of them. I followed the social uprising from its roots in the 2012 student strike as a journalist for Montréal’s groundbreaking CUTV citizen-media. I spent hundreds of hours on the streets of Montréal and other cities in Québec. This includes Victoriaville, where one young man had his eye blasted out, one young lady had her jaw smashed, and a third young man was shot in the back of the head at close range putting him in a coma for 3 days by militarized police attacking a crowd that included women pushing strollers and elderly people. On April 3rd 2014 during an absolutely peaceful protest I witnessed a riot line violently attack 71 year old retired teacher Robert Fransham. He was alone on a bike in the middle of the street when he was smashed to the ground. He suffered a concussion and his injuries caused a severe infection in his leg. January 1, 2015 this amazing, charming and peaceful man died, one day short of his 72nd birthday, when a heart valve he had for a number of years without problem, suddenly became infected. I have watched 90lbs girls smashed to the ground by 3 or 4 200 pound men in armour. Myself and my team, though clearly marked as press were kettled; held for 9 hours without access to food, water or legal council and processed for violating Montréal’s anti constitutional P-6 by-law.
Demonstrations have been continuous in the city of Montréal and all over Québec for the last 3 years, slacking only slightly after the resolution of the “Student Strike” of 2012. The issues at play may seem diverse and unconnected; environment, union rights, student rights, housing, austerity, but at base they are a rejection of post-industrial capitalism. The idea that our societies should be run from the top by corporate interests has lost favor and the propaganda that kept us in line for since the end of World War II has lost its power. The issues in Québec are relevant in all of Canada. We are being asked to strive even harder for the good of the “economy”, to strip our resources heedlessly for foreign consumption. There has been a determined and largely successful effort to keep the facts about what is happening in Québec from being known in the rest of the country, this is no accident.
Because already uprisings are spreading across Canada. Most notably due to the emergence of coordinated, organic Native movements that exhibit a solidarity coast to coast never before seen in this country. This combines with historic levels of citizen involvement in resource extraction issues. Though this is categorized by the mainstream press as a uniquely “environmental movement” this is not the case. While they are many and varied the largest part of the resistance is motivated by the fact that mostly foreign resource corporations have far more rights than citizens, far more control in the political process, and are actually being enshrined as sacred cows of national security. All of this in a period when as a recent CBC town hall pointed out, a staggering 60% of Canadians say they don’t trust their political leaders at any level.
That the state feels threatened is evidenced by the massive government security agency response to Idle No More . Even large parts of the Canadian Armed Forces intelligence apparatus were put into motion. In the 10 years I served in the Armed Forces I never knew of military intelligence being involved in domestic issues, and it is certainly not their place, they are to be used in war, not internal control. The recent security bills all have language that place activists on the same level as terrorists. This is not simply about Bill-C51, this trend has been taking deep root since 2007 when security services in Canada began changing their language to refer to activists as “multi-issue extremists” and to focus the tactics and resources they claim are in place to fight against mass attack on our soil from foreign forces. This is not an accident. In reality Canada does not face any outrageous threats from foreign forces. The recent “terrorist attacks” are being carried out by mentally ill persons with no actual connection or support from foreign adversaries. No, the move in the last several years in Canada when looked at in any rational way is a move to cement social control for a mostly capitalist run agenda. The legislation in it’s language is aimed at bringing any resistance to corporate-driven government policies firmly into the sphere of our new national security state.
The people of Canada, like the people of Québec want to take control of their political systems, and to some extent their lives and communities back. I think that Canadians have much to learn from the tactics used by the courageous activists in Québec. There is a disturbing trend in Canada right now to look at Steven Harper as the root of all evil. If only we rid ourselves of the tyrant we can have back the socially-conscious Canada we grew up in. This is a dangerous bit of self-delusion. It is not any particular political party that is causing our decline it is the overtaking of our political system in total by strong corporate interests. These have obviously already bought young Mr Trudeau and are packaging him as a savior figure very reminiscent of Barack Obama. We all know how well that worked out.
It is becoming increasingly self-evident that if we as Canadians, want to take control of our country, our communities and our lives we will need to take matters in our own hands. We should begin by strongly supporting our Québécois brothers and sisters in their courageous and peaceful struggle. We need to demand that the Québec Government immediately end the brutal and illegal violence against their own people. Then we must join them, all of us, in the streets of our cities and towns from Victoria to Halifax we must fill the streets of our nation. We must show our governments in massive fashion that we both recognize what is actually happening in our nation-state, and who is at fault. We must show those in power unequivocally that we will no longer tolerate the fictional appearance of democracy in the hands of a political class increasingly melded with the business class to the detriment of us.
We idolize the Second World War generation for standing up to insidious evil. But what is more insidious than the treasonous appropriation of our citizens sovereign power to a powerful few who would warp it to their benefit? Now is the time for us to match them in the titanic worldwide struggle taking place not only in Québec but in Europe, South America , Hong-Kong and literally half the globe. We need to stand now and stand together, or maybe none of us will stand at all.
About William Ray I am a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists.I am a ten year Veteran of the Canadian Forces. I was with the 2nd Battalion PPCLI in Croatia in 1993 when they where awarded the Governor General of Canada and the Secretary General of the United Nations commendations for bravery for halting ethnic cleansing in the Medak pocket. I started with community radio and writing articles. In 2009 I began working with CUTV Montreal. During the student strikes and subsequent social unrest I helped manage the Livestream ground teams. I am also a co-founder of 99media.org and The founder of 3RTV, both citizen media groups. I also collaborated with Michelle Moore on the documentary film Déception Durable which was selected for the 2014 Montréal International Film Festival, and Films That Matter in Calgary, and the FReDD festival in France on resource extraction in Quebec.
In 2007 Canada experienced a fundamental shift in the focus of our Intelligence Services, a shift that is of interest to every Canadian. It was in this, and the following years while planning for the G-20 summit and Olympic Games that the baleful eye of the security services swung decisively in the direction of Canadian Citizens involved in Social action and Environmental groups.
‘The June 2007 internal CSIS report was titled ‘Multi Issue Militancy’. However, that category quickly and consistently became ‘extremism’( the term most Canadians use is activist) in subsequent reports. The June 2007 internal CSIS report states: “As the Service positions itself for numerous events that could become targets of MIE groups, it is important that everyone be kept aware of the developments”…In the following months, a more specific definition of an MIE emerges. ITAC produces a number of references to groups that encompass this definition. One note from November 2008 states they have‘included, among other things, opposition to US foreign policy, including the ‘Global War on Terror’, various Third World and regional causes, as well as animal rights, anti-globalization’. In some instances, the category MIE is directly associated with the global justice movement.
“The centralization of intelligence under the ISU-JIG (and later ITAC) in Canada resembles Department of Homeland Security ‘fusion centres’ in the United States, which coordinate data-sharing among state and local police, intelligence agencies and private companies. Fusion centres involve both centralization and extension of intelligence practices: coordination is concentrated in a few, new agencies, but intelligence gathering responsibilities are extended to local and regional police who never before participated in such networks ”. – Walby-Monaghan
This is the sort of Orwellian phrases our taxpayer funded security services are using to describe us in their internal communications and the language they use when going before politicians. Any citizen active with either a social action or environmental group is called a ”multi issue extremist”, and peaceful protests like banner drops, or friendly family marches are referred to as “non- violent attack strategies”
This language is used to present their case to politicians for increasing their budgets and powers. And really that is what a lot of this is motivated by not some deep-seated fear in Ottawa that protesters will storm the halls of power but rather the crass cravings for money and respect by our security services and police forces.
It is dangerous to underestimate the effect of this mentality in a business where the amount of respect you get, is contingent on the size of the threat the Nation faces. If you don’t spend your whole budget you’ll get less next year. I have been in this environment as a member of the Canadian Army. I have watched the machine synthesize new threats to justify its existence and plead for more resources. Local Police Forces are receiving millions of dollars in new militarized equipment and a sense of importance being on the National security scene
In tracing this trend backwards we find that in 2002 one year after the 911 event in the US. Gilles Michaud, a hard charging young RCMP Inspector finishes the FBI anti-terrorism courseat Quantico Virginia. He returns to Canada and sets up the Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams in major Canadian cities.
This in essence provides the RCMP a back door re-entry into the intelligence business that they were summarily dismissed from after the McDonald and KeebleRoyal commissions of the 1970s.
The RCMP were fired from domestic intelligence essentially because they had been, among other things, impersonating the FLQ , burning barns and writing phoney manifestos. All of this was to ensure thier national security budgets kept increasing.
It has recently come to light that the RCMP were responsible for at least one of a series of pipeline bombings in northern B.C. in 2008-2009, they used this excuse to falsely arrest Wiebo Ludwig a farmer opposed to oil development, and at the same time massively increase the INSET resources in Alberta. Old habits die hard one supposes.
In the aftermath of 911, and while our soldiers fought in Afghanistan, money rained down upon the security services. Enough to build a large bureaucratic life form which for the next ten years chased phantom terrorists around the globe. But by 2007-8 the money was drying up like the phantom threat it was thrown at. At a time of massive spending cuts fuelled by the global bank robbery of 2008. A new enemy was needed.
Well ladies and gentlemen we are it. And not the first time in Canadian history. During the 1950’s and right up until the 80’s the RCMP ran “Operation PROFUNC” in which they, along with the Canadian forces, planned to preventatively, arrest up to 40 thousand Canadians and their families and put them in concentration camps.
That would bring us to 2010, and who is the RCMP’s INSET team in Montréal going after. A little known Quebec student association: the Àsse. The Àsse members who were arrested after staging a sit-in the offices of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of education,they were arrested in heavily armed police operations, a month after the events and from the “discovery“ that the crown had to turn over, they were the targets of massive and all encompassing surveillance, months before the protests. Now, if the RCMP were acting against the student movement, in Quebec two years before the strike in 2012 is it reasonable to believe they had no part in suppressing it. Is the brutal police response being directed from Québec city? The likely answer is no. It is far more likely that the RCMP has been working closely with the SPVM and in fact could be helping to co-ordinate the brutal response to the generally peaceful citizens of Montréal The use of a city bylaw to justify the use of brutal militarized police tactics is a model ready for export to any other Canadian city.
After the events in Ottawa, we have new draconian legislation on the books , and more on the way. The RCMP publicly state that those opposed to our current energy extraction model are the single greatest threat to our National Security. We had better prepare ourselves to have the full weight of the government security apparatus aimed squarely at us as citizens.
It is already happening as there have been many reports over the last few years of the RCMP and CSIS meeting directly with energy company executives. Also prominent on the list are aboriginal groups. When the Conservatives called for a “whole of Government response” to the Idle no More movement, they had I.N.S.E.T in mind . This operation had heavy participation from the Canadian Forces Intelligence and Special Forces Command or SOFCOM.
Mohawk filmmaker Clifton Nicholas and myself arrived in Rexton N.B. a week after the confrontation between Mk’mac warriors from Elsipogtog and RCMP October 17th 2013. We have definite questions about the identity of some of the “RCMP” officers that performed the brutal raid. We found dozens of RCMP uniform bags in the wood line behind where the raid took place, and Canadian Forces Ration packs either the RCMP failed get dressed before work or needed to dress someone in RCMP uniforms. Having served Ten years in the Canadian Forces including seeing combat as an infantryman I can say that alot of the gentlemen with the assault rifles moved more like soldiers than policemen.
All this to enforce the rights of a US energy Company against Peaceful Native protesters One can also look to the recent events in Burnaby BC where the RCMP enforced a faulty order to protect a drilling company from Texas. We the citizens are the perceived threat , the resource companies their client, that is obvious.
We had better act quickly and decisively in this country to rein in our security services and return local police to enforcing the criminal code. This is their vital function in maintaining social peace in our societies. Their performance of this role is based on the trust of the population they mean to police. I know from direct experience that very few young people will call or co-operate with police in any way because of their experiences with political repression and profiling on the streets. This is hugely dangerous. We only have to look at the United States to see what happens when police loose the faith of civil society. We had better all start standing up for our rights here with at least as much organization and gusto as we show for the rights of satirical cartoonists in France or we will all end up in a place few of us will recognize.
NATO, why Canada joined,and why we need to get out immediately.
William Ray , Canadian Army(RET.)
December 21st, 2014
“General Lewis Mackenzie ran for the conservative party in Canada, this man is in no way radical or conspiratorial. During the interview he stated, and confirmed again by phone today, that he believes the Račak massacre was a “False Flag”operation. In his words to “give NATO a reason to be”. Thething that absolutely convinced Major General Mackenzie that a False Flag was being perpetrated was the fact that he had met William Walker, 20 years before. Only then he was a CIA officer attached to the Salvadoran embassy.”
What where the reasons for Canada promoting the creation of, and joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. They are usually given as the threat of Russian expansion into the ruined and defenceless countries of Western Europe still rebuilding from World War II. The historical record of Canada’s Cabinet Defence Committee meetings of 1947-48puts lie to this notion when closely read. In 3 months of Cabinet meetings leading to the decision to join NATO the economic benefits of membership are mentioned some 200 times, the fear of Soviet attack 3 times. The driving force in the discussions is the fear that without membership in NATO Canada would be cut out of the huge reconstruction and rearmament market in Europe. The secondary fear was that Canada being vacant from the scene would lead to an increasingly overarching United States.This was actually considered a bad thing by our forbearers not a fact of life as we now see it.
There actually was no real fear immediately after the war, and indeed even after the Russians exploded their first Nuclear device. Not in the private corridors of power. The reason is simple, by the end of WWII the Russians had a real GNP of some 400 billion dollars. Compared to the US alone at 14.5 Trillion, combined with the rest of NATO some 20 trillion,and war is at base a function of economics in this industrial age. Some 25 million of their citizens were dead, 14.2 percent of their population. The Red Army was exhausted from doing most of the work of breaking the back of the German army in Russia and driving it to Berlin. The actual interior, now unclassified, papers of the Pentagon,White Hall, and Canada’s Defence Department clearly lay out the sober assessment that the Soviets where in no position to take on the west until the mid 50”s. Unclassified Russian documents have now verified the belief, common among professional military men in the 50’s, that they never had a desire too try.
It is vitally important to understand that NATO is an essentially an American controlled institution. This is in no way more clearly illustrated than by the fact that the highest military authority in NATO is always an American commander.At the end of the day he takes orders only from the American president.There are volumes written on NATO being mainly a vehicle for American influence in Europe.
Now this was not terribly threatening for the 50 years we spent playing at war in the training grounds of West Germany’s Black Forest, waiting for the Red hordes to pour through the Fulda gap and invade western Europe. I myself served with Canada’s brigade in Lahr in the 80’s , mostly drinking excellent German beer and charming the local girls. But I was at least fulfilling the intended purpose of NATO, standing as a deterrent to another war in Europe under a treaty clearly defensive in nature.
This was done in the then Serbian province of Kosovo. Under the comforting rubric of “Humanitarian intervention”. I had served as a Peacekeeper in the former Yugoslavia so am well aware of the brutality, and the depth and complexity of ethnic hatred that exists there. But that wasn’t the reason NATO went to war in that long suffering place. Relevanceis what truly drove NATO to war. At 50 years questions were coming from all quarters as to why NATO still existed at all. What place did a large military alliance ,that was ostensibly created to fight a threat that had evaporated 10 years before with the fall of the Soviet Union, have in a world trending toward action through the UN charter, the world seemed ready for a force to enforce the Rule of Law in the conduct of nation states. NATO realizing this reality went in to overdrive. Aided by a Clinton administration looking for a place in history beyond Monica Lewinsky and stained dresses. They embarked a very professional PR campaign to establish that something must be done to stop Serbian aggression in Kosovo and NATO was the only group that could do it.This campaign is now well understood as being about finding NATO a new future,in the words of one researcher ,” NATO achieved this through discursive positioning itself as a humanitarian military powerhouse,and so,at the same time, legitimizing its own continuation as a viable supranational organization,”
NATO used the seeming impotence of the UN in dealing with the 8 year Yugoslav war to stage a comeback in Kososvo. And there is some very well proved out debateas to how staged it was. The NATO bombing of Serbia was kicked off by the “Račak Massacre” Madeline Albright, the then US Secretary of State, called it the ” seminal event”leading to US and NATO action. The massacre was presented to the international press by William Walker, head of the observer team sent by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. We will return to Mr Walker later.
Almost ten years many things have emerged. Most of the brutality trumpeted by NATO and its PR machine where actually Serbian responses to Kosovo Liberation Army attacks on Serb civilians. The Kosovo Liberation Armywas fostered and supported in its actions by the American Government. The Račak incident was presented as a Serbian Massacre of a Albanian village. Women children and old men mercilessly executed. But independent forensic reports, and a number of reputable European journalistsquestioned this. Close to all the corpses were military aged men, some dressed in woman’s clothing post mortum in short evidence of a staged event.I got even more indication of something terrifying at work here from one of Canada’s most respected soldiers.
I first interviewed Major General Lewis Mackenzie(ret) in 2008 for CKUW radio in Winnipeg .Major General Mackenzie was the first UN commander in Sarajevo, he knew all the players well and had even met in 1999 withSlobodan Miloševićto help ease tensions in the year long run up to the eventual NATO bombing,Bear in mind as you read what comes next that General Lewis Mackenzie ran for the conservative party in Canada, this man is in no way radical or conspiratorial. During the interview he stated, and confirmed again by phone today, that he believes the Račak massacre was a “False Flag”operation. In his words to “give NATO a reason to be”. Thething that absolutely convinced Major General Mackenzie that a False Flag was being perpetrated was the fact that he had met William Walker, 20 years before. Only then he was a CIA officer attached to the Salvadoran embassy.
His speciality may have been running insurgent groups like the Contras, or say the Kosovo Liberation Army.Mr Walker also worked very closely in Kosovo with Hal Holbrooke, a man who started his career with the CIA in Vietnam on the Phoenix program . Was ,as many suspect, Mr Walkers real mission to provide aid and direction to the KLA?No matter with the excuse of Račak in hand not even a week laterWilliam Jefferson Clinton, 40th president of the United States, picked up a phone called four star US general Wesley Clark Supreme Commander NATO and without any word from their actual government required, Canadian combat units went to war and bombed Serbia for 72 days,some 10 484 strike missions some 6,303 tons of munitionsincluding an large quantities of depleted uranium. This was done in all our names.
Thisleads directly into the next conflict to involve NATO. As you read this units of the Royal Canadian Air Force are bombing targets in Iraq . To be clear Canadian planes , flown by Canadian pilots are dropping 1000 lb high explosive bombs on people we are being told by NATO are terrorists.It begins to have a familiar ring. On top of our ariel assault the Canadian Special Operations Regiment has an unknown number of Canadian special forces operators and have been operating for 6 months we know not where.This is all being done in all our names. ISIS the group we are supposedly fighting grew out of an AL-Queda offshoot, the same Al-Queda created to fight the Russians in Afghanistan by the Americans. A lot of the equipment ISIS uses comes from the west directly. We supplied it to them in their war against Bashar AL Assad’s government in Syria. American former NATO commander Wesley Clark the man who launched the Kosovo assault, says that he saw a memo in 2001 outlineing American plans to take out 7 countries in 5 years, Syria was on that list.
help support a Government that is committing war crimes in its drive to retake control of the eastern part of its territory. NATO is rattling sabres at Putin’sRussia by holding huge exercises in Eastern Europeand moving headquarters and airpower there permanently.The current clash with Russia started off with NATO’s relentless push east. Russia repeatedly warned the west that it would not tolerate NATO on its doorstep.
Then comes the National Endowment for Democracy encouraged coup against the democratically elected government of Ukraine last spring. The hacked phone calls of European Union Foreign Affairs chief Katherine Ashton tell us that the snipers that fired on the crowd in Kiev’s Independence square, fired on both sides and were provocateurs hired for the job by the right wing elements vying for control in Kiev.
Calls from Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland show that the US had a huge hand in choosing Ukraine’s current rather Fascist smelling regime . And there is a highly manufactured PR campaign coming out of Ukraine.
Anyone with sense regards Vladimir Putin as a man who will not allow the US to move any further East.The consequences of the US through NATO pushing him further could be the stuff of our ultimate collective nightmares.
The historical clearly shows that Canada joined NATO for economic reasons that no longer apply. In the last 20 years NATO, in searching for a reason to exist has become nothing but the tool of an increasingly belligerent United States. Using humanitarian Intervention as an excuse it has left a trial of desolation. Kosovo almost ethnically cleansed of its historical Serb population. Libya is now a barbaric failed state, fought over by brutal tribal militias. Now in Iraq Canadian forces attack an enemy that we don’t understand and doesn’t threaten us and we are involved in a great power struggle in Ukraine that could have apocalyptic results.
We live in a world fret with dangers that threaten not just Canada but humanity itself. I believe it is a closer measure of the will of the people of this Nation that we be a leader in the world in searching for a new, far more humane and hopeful paradigm. One beyond Alliance systems with dubious motivations doling out massive violence. We should retake our position of leadership in working toward an end to the institutionalized use of violence in the conduct of human affairs. That is what the four generations of my family that fought for Canada fought for, that is what I fought for and most importantly that is what is in this countries best interests. In pursuit of this we should immediately and publicly leave NATO. And in the interests of maintaining the Peace of the World put a match to the whole organization on the way out.