Friday, March 06, 2015

The Ottawa Gunman's Speech Changes Nothing


RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson's timing couldn't be more obvious.  Right smack dab in the middle of the controversy over the Harper government's Bill C-51 Paulson dumps the video of Michael Zehaf Bibeau, or most of it anyway.  In it the Ottawa gunman announces he's going to kill a soldier in protest of what Canada had been doing in Afghanistan and what it was going to do in Iraq.  He even used the "jihad" word.

This is supposed to prove that Canada needs C-51 even if it compromises our individual rights and freedoms.  After all the RCMP or our secret police would never go out of bounds, would they?  No, of course not.

Nobody, from Paulson all the way down to the Loudmouth Liberal, wants to show what C-51 would have done to thwart the Ottawa gunman.  How would it have stopped him?  If Paulson knows he isn't saying.  No one else is either.  Did the murder occur because of a failure of our laws, something that was missing, some power our police and security services lacked?

Surely if they're going to trot out this killing as justification for C-51, they should be able to convincingly demonstrate that C-51 would have made a difference, some real difference.

No, the gunman's video is the bright shiny thing, the distraction.  It's being used to excuse C-51, not to justify it.  It's being used to confound the public and there's a lot of people highly susceptible to that.

7 comments:

Blue Grit said...

Could not agree more!

He did make a point of stating that the video release was unrelated to the C-51 proceedings. Coincidence?

What was interesting was that Paulson specifically expressed that they believe Zehaf-Bibeau was a terroist because he would have been charged with terror-related charges, had he lived.

Paulson also stated that the RCMP is not concerned with what type of terrorist Zehaf-Bibeau was. ????

The man doth protest too much, methinks.

Blue Grit said...

Could not agree more!

He did make a point of stating that the video release was unrelated to the C-51 proceedings. Coincidence?

What was interesting was that Paulson specifically expressed that they believe Zehaf-Bibeau was a terroist because he would have been charged with terror-related charges, had he lived. (a new definition of the term?)

Paulson also stated that the RCMP is not concerned with what type of terrorist Zehaf-Bibeau was. ????

The man doth protest too much, methinks.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

also Mound they edited the video. I'd like to see the 18 seconds they took out. You're right though this video doesn't change anything, just another political tool.

The Mound of Sound said...

@ BG - I have a great deal of trouble accepting any lone wolf criminal as a terrorist, especially when they're mildly unhinged.

There's a country mile between a seasoned al Qaeda, ISIS, Red Brigade or Bader Meinhof operative and this guy who, in his disaffection, might have sought to cloak himself in a persona for his own purposes.

Terrorists operate in patterns. We've got plenty of videos showing how extensively they're recruited, indoctrinated and trained.

Extra powers won't let law enforcement or security agencies interrupt rogue killers like this guy.

Hugh said...

How does a guy waltz into the parliament building with a rifle?

the salamander said...

.. the vaunted video the authorities have been analysing for approx 4 months, told Canadians exactly nothing we really didn't know, the day the gunman murdered Cpl Cirillo.

All the gunmans action leading up to the fateful day were quite illuminating.. those of co-workers etc and especially his mother's testimony, trying to correct the RCMP version

The man aquired a rifle. The RCMP unable to find where. On the day of, seemingly with just 6 or 7 shells, and a knife, he drove to the scene, made a suicide video, murders an unarmed ceremonial soldier, shoots at another & misses, drives his car, hijacks another at the Parliament Buildings shoots an unarmed Commons security man and is shot himself maybe 20 times.. all within 10 minutes or less.

And we are told he was not deranged.. no he was so calm and lucid, the poor RCMP comish Paulson was shocked and taken aback ! And ulp.. the video so calm & lucid that almost 1/3rd must remain a secret. Protected B no doubt or Cabinet Confidence y'know.

Odd.. the RCMP still nervously avoiding any mention of how many fired 30-30 shells were collected.. and how many unfired shells. The total of course is likely 6 or 7.. the terrorist stormed the Parliament Buildings with 4 shells.. and it is pretty likely he was shot to doll rags with an empty rifle.. as he fired 2 shots at the main doorway and two running past the caucus room doors.. and seemingly as last defiant shot 2 seconds before a thunderous fusillade sent him to hell

the salamander said...

.. on a final note . Canadians really need to hear who gives the RCMP Commissioner orders. Who exactly does he answer too?

It was what Paulson said yesterday that was 'chilling' startling, calm and lucid. That approx 600 Mounties are now tasked to Terrorism. That some 300 criminal cases are lapsing as the Mounties are pulled from those investigations to investigate terrorism.. and possibly "learn to manage the courts"

This year, the RCMP lost three of their own, killed going to investigate reports of a man with a rifle in New Brunswick. They never saw him approach with a rifle and were shot dead. The mounties are unable to find where the Ottawa gunman aquired his rifle.. or explain their security lapses in 4 months! But they know how to edit video ....