Tuesday 26 May 2015

Focus on Canada

Let this be a warning to all New Zealanders (who tend to be a pretty naïve lot). This will happen here. This government will not hesitate to use a False Flag to stay in power and to further assault the liberties of New Zealanders

Terror and the campaign to re-elect Stephen Harper: Walkom
Expect more terror plots to be uncovered before Canada's October federal election.

Don’t be surprised if more well-publicized terrorist plots are uncovered in the months leading up to the scheduled October vote. And don’t be surprised if Stephen Harper and his ministers make political hay from them, writes Thomas Walkom.
Don’t be surprised if more well-publicized terrorist plots are uncovered in the months leading up to the scheduled October vote. And don’t be surprised if Stephen Harper and his ministers make political hay from them, writes Thomas Walkom.

On Tuesday, the RCMP announced they had stopped 10 alleged jihadists from flying out of Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper went to Montreal to re-announce increased funding for the RCMP’s anti-terror unit.

The campaign to re-elect Canada’s Conservative government is in full swing.

This is not to suggest that the Mounties are actively promoting the Conservatives. There is no evidence of that.

But don’t be surprised if more well-publicized terrorist plots are uncovered in the months leading up to the scheduled October vote.

And don’t be surprised if Harper and his ministers make political hay from them.

In this case, the arrest of the Montreal 10 led the newscasts for understandable reasons.

Even before this incident, at least seven Montreal youths had reportedly left Canada to join Islamic State militants in Syria.

Two other young Montrealers have been charged with trying to leave Canada to join a banned group, as well as other terror offences.

What was odd about the latest arrests, however, is that no charges were laid. Police seized passports from the 10. But so far they haven’t charged them with trying to leave the country to join a terror group — or, indeed, with anything.

They simply let them go.

Which means, presumably, that the Mounties don’t think these particular alleged jihadists are very dangerous.

That didn’t stop Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney from praising the RCMP for its vigilance and saying that the “international jihadist movement” has declared war on Canada.

Nor did it prevent Harper from holding a press conference near Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport at which he opined that Canada is a great country and chided anyone who would become a “violent jihadist” or join any group advocating terrorism.

For Harper’s Conservatives, playing the terror card is crucial — particularly in Quebec. The latest CROP poll shows the Conservatives attracting only 15 per cent of the vote in that province. But other polls have suggested that Quebecers strongly support Harper’s tough anti-terror stance.

The more that terrorism can be made top-of-mind, the better the Conservatives will do.

As my Star colleague, Allan Woods, has reported, it is not clear why so many high profile terror arrests have been made in Montreal.

Perhaps there are more aspiring jihadists in that city. Or perhaps the Mounties are more aggressive in their pursuit of terrorism there.

Whatever the reason, the result should benefit the Tories politically.

This isn’t the first time that RCMP criminal investigations have had political implications.

In 1999, the Mounties, accompanied by a television crew, raided the home of then British Columbia’s NDP premier Glen Clark. Clark was charged with breach of trust and accepting a benefit. His political career was destroyed. The New Democrats were trounced in the next election.

Three years later, Clark was acquitted of all charges.

A month before the 2006 federal election, the RCMP announced they were undertaking a criminal investigation of then federal finance minister Ralph Goodale over the leak of confidential tax information about so-called income trusts.

That scandal eventually turned out to be less than it seemed. Goodale and his aides were eventually vindicated, although a senior bureaucrat was charged and convicted.

But the income-trust affair did help sink Paul Martin’s Liberal government, allowing Harper to become prime minister.

An independent investigation into the Mounties’ handling of the affair found that the force had broken no rules because there were none to break.

No party is completely spared the fallout from RCMP investigations. The force’s decision to charge former Conservative senator Mike Duffy for allegedly accepting a bribe from former Harper top aide Nigel Wright has done the prime minister no good.

But the puzzling decision not to charge Wright for offering that alleged bribe promises to mitigate any political damage to the Conservatives

On the terror front, I expect we will hear of more would-be jihadists thwarted over the next six months.

Some of them might even face arrest.

Government Scientists Gather To Protest Something Everybody Thought Was A “Conspiracy”

25 May, 2015

Scientists working for the Canadian government are starting to raise their voices, accusing the federal government of “muzzling” them and their findings on various issues, particularly when it comes to climate change. Apparently, the union representing this group of researchers will be taking the unusual step of demanding Ottawa enshrine scientific independence in their collective agreement.”  (source)

The union represents 15,000 government scientists and is proposing multiple revisions within the collective agreement, one of which states that scientists should have the right to talk about their work at conferences and to the media and their families – as long as they make it clear that they are “speaking in their personal capacity and not on behalf of the Government of Canada.” (source)
Michael Rennie, a scientist with the Experimental Lakes Area – an organization that was run by by the federal government and  is now a non-profit group – said that when the organization was a government-run facility, requests from the media vanished “99.999 percent of the time.” He went on to tell the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) that the communications policy was part of a toxic work environment and that it was disheartening for researchers not to be able to share their work.”(source)
The Canada Research Chair in freshwater ecology and fisheries in the department of biology at Lakehead University also went on to state that:
It’s critically important for people to understand the science that’s being conducted, particularly within government labs, and how that information is being used to guide the decisions made for policy and government.” (source)
This type of thing seems to be getting really out of hand. Not only do we have muzzled government scientists, we also have manipulation of scientific data, all of which leads to a misinformed public. The most recent scientist to express this was Dr. Richard Horton, who is the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. He stated:
The case against science is straightforward, much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Science has taken a turn towards darkness.” (source)
You can read more about that story here, which includes statements from several other prominent people in the field. We have seen a definite rise in the number of people coming forward about this issue in recent months, with many people making some pretty eye-opening remarks regarding the fraudulence of a lot of cancer research coming out of respected organizations.
The use of pesticides is another issue (out of many within the realms of science) which is not presented truthfully, and this problem has been making major headlines recently, specifically when it comes to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Billions of pounds of it are still sprayed every year, despite the fact that it has been banned in multiple countries. Sri Lanka is one of the most recent countries to make the change, after they discovered a deadly link to kidney disease. You can read more about that and view the published research here.
Here is an article I wrote on a study conducted that showed how Roundup herbicide is more than 100 percent toxic then regulators have claimed.
There are also several comments floating around the public domain alluding to similar happenings:
It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides… Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions.” – R. Mesnage et al., Biomed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014) article ID 179691
You can read more about that phenomenon here.

How Deep Does The Secrecy Go & Why?

The information below deals with a secrecy that is probably a “secrecy of a different kind” from what the scientists in this article are speaking about. Based on my research, government (or corporate) secrecy is very compartmentalized and has several different levels of “weirdness.”
Not many people have investigated the world of secrecy. In 2013, NSA intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked the first documentation that proved the existence of a clandestine black budget. In 2010, Washington Post journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin did a two year investigation and determined that America’s classified world has “become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.” (source)
Black budget programs are commonly referred to as Special Access Programs (SAP), and their existence, if not their subject matter, is public knowledge. There are, however, certain SAPs which are waived and unacknowledged. These programs do not exist publicly, instead operating entirely under the radar, and a 1997 US Senate report described them as so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the congress.” (source)
On July 16, 2001, in front of the house appropriations committee, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stated that “the financial systems of the department of defence are so snarled up that we can’t account for some $2.6 trillion in transactions that exist, if that’s believable.” (source)
Another person who investigated these programs was aviation journalist Bill Sweetman, who pointed to the fact even the highest members of government and the highest ranking officials in the military are unaware of their existence. He determined that most of these programs were actually dominated by private contractors like Lockheed Martin (to name one of many). (1)
Here is a statement from one of the highest ever ranking members of the Canadian government:
It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction, when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard. It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars, allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy, when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which both congress and the commander in chief know nothing about.” (source) – Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Defence Minister
According to historian Richard Dolan, the U.S government alone classifies more than 500 million pages of documents every single year. If a scholar wanted to research political, historical, scientific, or any other type of archival work, it would prove difficult and limiting to say the least, seeing that most of their government’s activities are kept a secret. You can read more about what he refers to as the “Breakaway Civilization” here.
It’s also noteworthy to add here that invention secrecy is at an all time high. New documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have revealed how the Patent Office has been using a secret system to withhold the approval of some applications. You can read more about that story here.
So, as you can see, this just scratches the surface of the world of secrecy in which we live. This reality is not easy to accept, but it’s something that more people are becoming aware of every day. Secrecy is not secret, and in a world where we all worked together and co-existed in peace, we would have nothing but transparency.
(1) Sweetman, Bill. “In Search of the Pentagon’s Billion Dollar Hidden Budgets: How the US Keeps Its R&D Spending Under Wraps.” Janes International Defence Reporter, Janurary  5, 2000

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