Thursday, 26 August 2010

MASSIVE bomb ... err, ... plot .... hmm, ... something or other uncovered by RCMP

News item:
Two men arrested in Wednesday's anti-terrorism raids in Ottawa [...] appeared in court Thursday to face terrorism charges in an alleged bomb plot linked to al-Qaida.

Alizadeh has been charged with conspiracy to facilitate terrorism, possession of explosives and committing an offence for a terrorism group. Ahmed faces a single conspiracy charge of facilitating a terrorist offence. [...]

A third suspect was arrested Thursday morning, according to a report on the Toronto Star's website. The newspaper identified the third suspect as Khuram Sher of Montreal and said the Pakistan-born man once tried out for the Canadian Idol TV show.

The RCMP say that they had to arrest the suspects at this time because one of them had made plans to travel outside Canada.

How odd. The long arm of Stevie Spiteful's merry band of thugs and bullies has always been able to reach outside the country.

More timely and opportunistic security theatre tactics to divert Canadians' attention away from this?

An RCMP evaluation report of Canada’s long-gun registry concludes that the program is cost effective, efficient and an important tool for law enforcement, CBC News has learned. [...]

The full report contains over 40 pages of analysis of the effectiveness of the firearms registry, in both urban and rural areas.

Eh. The Cons' chickenshit lying lies have hit the fan, once again.

1 comment:

Niles said...

Too soon to tell.

If it turns out this is all theater for the Harper agenda, it'll turn into more well-deserved lawsuits. Which, I'm *sure* the civil courts will be happy to add to the growing docket of suits and appeals, and deal with at some point in the future. The far future.

Apparently, the new prisons Harper wants to build will actually be remand centres for all the arrested people waiting to face actual court appearances. Preventative detention for those the criminal courts are not expanded enough to process in a timely manner. If they're allowed to process the arrestees at all, given the security certificates fun.

But hey, once the arrested have been softened up by pre-trial detention, they can always give personal monies to a charity to have charges dropped. That option just blows me away. If you pay out money, you can walk away from a shakedown on your civil rights. The fees demanded of arrestees were 'tokens'--- this month.

And if you can't, or won't, pay out?

Being taken into State custody and/or arrested, even falsely, even if the charges are dropped later, exacts a toll on a person's shelter/food/mental/physical/livelihood security. More so if you are incarcerated for days, weeks and months. You either have to be very well off or well off the economic grid before such cost isn't a factor that weighs heavily on decisions.

If you can be rounded up for no good reason, imprisoned for an indeterminate time and then just tossed back into the street, out of pocket, out of employment, with no Just Consequences for the supposed 'guardians of order' that irresponsibly did the deed, how many people are going to risk activity that *might* set authority enforcers off?

That's major chill. The end result strikes me as not being different from battered wife/children syndrome. Hoping not to trigger a subjective assault based on 'you made me do this' most people start self-selecting submissive behaviour, trying to figure out the rules of survival.

Until there's nothing left to lose.

Ah well, if nothing else, us privileged sorts now have a bitter taste of what Aboriginal people and immigrants from 'certain geographical locations' have endured in spades.

We've come to a time and place in Canada where arrests of possible criminal conspiracy incite more than a fringe suspicion of what the *State* is doing. Question is, what's to be done about it?

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