Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Through all the mind-numbing histrionics of the Rob Ford saga, the large pachyderm in the room is not the Mayor himself but THE question: what could be the target of Toronto police investigations?
It was StunTV Ezra Levant who indirectly raised the edge of the rug, with his habitual shrieeking excesses on the Ford Nation premiere* yesterday. His flamboyant misdirection might have backfired, in this case.
At DJ! we started wondering about the Fords' agenda, back when Rob tried so desperately to bring a casino to Toronto.
Gambling and organized crime are long-time associates. It's worth noting that Sheldon Adelson is a huge supporter of the Republican party, and is currently under investigation.
And now, the Fords have retained the counsel of George Rust-d'Eye** to defend Rob's interests. Some say he's an over-rated, over-priced, way past his best-before-date shill. Will taxpayers have to pay for Crack Mayor's legal bills?
Rust-D'Eye is known for spectacular invoices that he believes reflect every penny's worth of his *expertise*, and his overbearing manner of delivery.
A carefully cultivated façade of punctilious and unctuous civility... The man has a history of advancing semi-truth, under the cover of legal advice and 'integrity'... though eventually facts do surface.
But back to Levant. The overweening excuse for his trademark trashy and flashy infotainment glurge: that he has a civic duty to speculate about the underbelly of his ideological and political opponents.
So, let's speculate about the Fords, shall we? Are investigations also probing the possible existence of organized crime schemes?
Is the family business involved with wise guys? Did the illegal adolescent antics of Doug, Kathy and Rob provide leverage to pressure Doug Senior into mutually beneficial business arrangements?
There are historical precedents. The Kennedy dynasty and wealth was founded on criminal entrepreneurship. And the stench never left that cursed, tragic family, in spite of patriarch Joe's obssessive drive for respectability and political power.
Consider the range of resources dedicated to Ford surveillance. It only makes sense to use a plane and that level of staff deployment if there's much, much more involved than only Rob scoring dope. Are there many Canadian and US law-enforcement agencies conducting forensic analysis to follow financial transactions and shipment of goods?
Project Traveller looked at guns and gangs. Project Brazen dealt with drug dealers.
What else could there be... Money-laundering? Drug-smuggling? Contracted murders?
What other factual dots remain to be connected?
Here's a link to a brilliant compilation of Ford Bros shenanigans from Alison at Creekside. The picture at the top is her work.
My co-blogger fern hill has done much heavy lifting to date, in blogposts after blogposts about dodgy and bizarre Ford clan machinations, as well as documents linking them to criminal elements.
If TPS investigators have diligently and scrupulously gathered evidence required so that charges can be filed, and prosecutors can make their case, it will be an EPIC take-down. No wonder Police Chief Blair was so circumspect during his media conference.
Unfortunately, the Fords (and their silent business partners?) have deep, deep pockets.
As with Michael Bryant, lawyers will use all the legal tactics and loopholes available to get their clients off the hook, if the TPS investigation even gets to trial.
It was clearly said here, you can bully and bluff your way out of anything, when you're a wealthy, christian, well-CONnected, privileged, heterosexual and cis white man.
*Just when I was about to publish this blogpost, we heard that StunTV has aborted Ford Nation. Darn. And I was about to launch the hashtag #FORdNicATION, too!
** Thanks to our Vaughn insiders who steered me towards more info about Rust-D'Eye.