Saturday, December 10, 2011
BC Rail: Does B.C. Cabinet Corruption Continue – With “A Yankee Fix”?
By Robin Mathews
December 10, 2011
The search, Christy Clark says, in the government propaganda video, was “extensive”. It wasn’t. An “extensive” search was made, she says, for an independent police monitor for B.C. He may be called a Chief Civilian Director for Independent Investigations of police misdoings.
Then premier Christy Clark and Attorney General Shirley Bond - in the same propaganda video - modify the statement to say appointee Richard Rosenthal will deal with “some” police misdoings – explicitly, deaths allegedly caused by police, and/or the use of physical violence. Some time later … much later … he might get to other things.
Other things? Well, he might get to police collaboration with Special Prosecutors appointed by the Attorney General to destroy, to bury, or to fabricate evidence on behalf of cabinet members and their corporate friends. He might get to the refusal of the RCMP (as top B.C. RCMP officer Gary Bass refused) to act on formal requests to investigate alleged criminal actions by members of the cabinet (including then premier Gordon Campbell).
But he probably won’t get to those things … at all.
In fact, Richard Rosenthal is instructed, he is ordered, he is PAID – not to look at any police misdoings before December 7, 2011. Richard Rosenthal has agreed to those terms, throwing both his credibility and his integrity into doubt from Day One.
What are the specific terms of Richard Rosenthal’s appointment? Neither Clark not Bond has attempted to tell the public. How much is Richard Rosenthal being paid? We have not been told. Why not? Will he be paid $1 million a year like the other Yankee appointment, David Hahn, head of B.C. Ferries?
Was Richard Rosenthal hired for the same reasons David Hahn was hired? To go around the people of B.C. and serve a corrupt cabinet by doing special dirty work?
If the search was “extensive”, and a Canadian was sought, why didn’t we know about it? Why didn’t we see ads in the Globe and Mail? Why didn’t we see an announcement of the search on the Attorney General’s website? Why didn’t Christy Clark announce in press conferences that the government was looking for a tough, independent, Canadian of irreproachable integrity to begin work as police monitor and to build for B.C. a tough, truly independent, public oversight body with real teeth?
I suggest we didn’t see those things because Christy Clark did not want that kind of person anywhere near corrupt police activity in B.C. and its intimate link to the Gordon Campbell/Christy Clark cabinets.
Because there was not an “extensive search”, we may ask why a U.S. person was chosen – who doesn’t know Canada, doesn’t know B.C., doesn’t know Canadian law, doesn’t know the culture he is entering, and doesn’t know any ordinary Canadians in B.C. with whom he can chat and consult – even off the record?
Let us not fool ourselves. Let us not be gulled by Christy Clark and Shirley Bond. To set up an independent, B.C., non-police, public body with real power to oversee police behaviour is NOT Rocket Science. It requires some care and decent enabling legislation. The best person to undertake the task is a B.C. Canadian with integrity. I suggest Christy Clark and Shirley Bond would be terrified to appoint a B.C. Canadian with integrity.
The reasons they would choose someone from the U.S.A. become, upon reflection, clearer and clearer. Let us count some of the ways.
The first reason must be that, though belatedly, the new NDP leader Adrian Dix is on the record as believing there needs to be a Public Inquiry into BC Rail (the BC Rail Scandal).
Those with careful memories remember (reason #2) that Christy Clark was Deputy Premier through the dirty years when BC Rail was corruptly transferred to CN Rail. We remember, too, (reason #3) that during some of the dirtiest cover-up months when key email correspondence was being buried or destroyed in the BC Rail Scandal trial of Basi, Virk, and Basi, Shirley Bond was Deputy Premier of British Columbia.
Ms. Bond (reason #4) was elected in 2001 and has been in cabinet (sharing “cabinet responsibility”) through years of the corrupt administrations of Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark.
Reason #5 has to loom large. Not only was Christy Clark Deputy Premier during the early BC Rail Scandal years, she was much more. We know a police search of the home of her brother Bruce Clark turned up confidential cabinet documents allegedly delivered to him by the men convicted in the Basi, Virk, and Basi case. He appears to have been an agent for a party interested in the sale of BC Rail.
Bruce Clark was never charged with anything. Christy Clark was familiar with and had conversations with the convicted men. Those conversations need examination. Erik Bornmann, Liberal activist and self-confessed briber in the case against Basi, Virk, and Basi, was – especially – exempted from charges as a Crown witness. Bornmann was a partner with Brian Kieran, also never charged with anything and – in fact – apparently never thoroughly investigated. Christy Clark, it is alleged, was a friend or acquaintance of all those men.
Defence counsel alleged during the years of pre-trial and trial that the three accused men were “targetted”, the charges against them “tailored”. If the allegation is true, those things could not have happened without the close collaboration of the RCMP and the Special Prosecutor illegitimately appointed to the case by the Attorney General’s office. We may say with some confidence that the cabinet very much wanted convictions against the three accused. One may argue (reason #6) that Premier Christy Clark and Attorney General Shirley Bond do not want any police activity looked at that occurred before December 7, 2011.
In such a case – where thick clouds of suspicion hang over government leaders, over their wealthy and powerful corporate friends, over the police, and over significant members of the judiciary – what can political power do?
Political power can pretend it wants a clean slate, a Brave New World – and that it wants to bring back The Rule Of Law to the land. If it is successful in its sham display – the mountain of crimes it has allegedly already cooperated in can be buried, or at least pushed out of sight.
How can political power carry that off?
It can do so by finding someone to create a brave, new beginning -who will live in a bubble – talking only to mostly corrupt politicians, their mostly corrupt corporate friends, to mostly corrupt police officers, and to some corrupt members of the judiciary, and to members of the media – mostly bought servants of the corporate class. Political power can do so by having the person brought from afar to live in what is an almost completely closed world. It can do so by having the terms of the person’s appointment so narrow that he can only cover up or block access to past misdeeds.
Where can someone like that be found? Why, in another country, of course. But what country? The U.S.A. might be a good country because many Canadians are indoctrinated to believe Yankees are, somehow, always superior to Canadians. Why not, then, a Yankee, right out of the U.S.A.?
Perfect. Get him. Pay him well. Give him his orders. Make him answerable only to his corrupt employers. Restrict his meetings with real Canadians. And … let … him … go.
Most important. Have him set up – as fast as he can – barriers to the investigation of crimes police are alleged to have committed with and for corrupt politicians, their wealthy corporate friends, corrupt members of the judiciary, and corrupt members of “the oldest profession” – the press and media.
If he succeeds, all the criminals working in B.C. in “the BC Rail Scandal” before December 7, 2011, will get off scot-free. Except, of course, for the three non-white men, the three Sikhs chosen to take a pratfall so, hopefully, they disguise the endless list of real, serious, heavy-weight, white-skinned criminals.
When things got hot and heavy for the real criminals in the trial – the trial of Basi, Virk, and Basi – the more than seven year fabrication collapsed in hours. It collapsed with the Gordon Campbell/Christy Clark cabinet paying every cent of lawyers’ fees, court costs, and all … all the rest. That payment was so odious the Auditor General of B.C. is investigating and having to go to court to force answers from squeaky-clean Premier Christy Clark and Attorney General Shirley Bond.
Richard Rosenthal should never have been hired to B.C. from Denver, Colorado. Richard Rosenthal should never have accepted the terms of his appointment. He should be invited to leave British Columbia, now. Whenever Richard Rosenthal appears in public, Canadians should have one thing to say to him, and one thing only: “Yankee Go Home”.
Thank you Robin.
Watching the evening newscasts about the new cop watchdog/accountability (gag) I noticed something kind of stange.global, ctv, ctv2, cbc and chec all had the story and all pretty much told the same story (PAB).
Clark and Bond were on the stage a few feet behind the new cop, who was performing his part of the performance, but in one newscast (can’t remember which one but their all the same PAB) I noticed Clack looking very frazzled …staring off…like she was somewhere else, deep thought, big-time worried. The next camera shot was of the cop with Bond behind him and Bond looked over at Clark with a very concerned look on her face.
But then watching… I believe… chec news, they had the same shot of the cop and Bond but the clip was more substantial and showed Bond looking over at Clark four times in a matter of a few seconds with again a very concerned look on her face.
Clack looking very worried and Bond is either worried for Clark and/or worried for herself and Clark.
This whole BC Rail affair must be rather stressful for them.
Clark may have been wondering to herself if her son would come on visiting days or not.
Many thanks indeed for that vivid word-picture you drew for us,
depicting Bond monitoring Christy Clark.
Wow. The shape of things to come.
Do you suppose this is why we need to have our prisons doubled?
Not necessarily because he's an American lawyer. But more because this move is clearly the start of a fix-up job. Rosenthal has no business sticking his nose in our affairs but that's exactly what he's meant to come in here and do.
So, it reveals desperation on patty k.'s part to have moved like this--to shore up the collapsing legitimacy of that cheerleader parading around like a premier. Moreover, it shows just how far and widely out of control this government is spinning.
Look at who rosenthal is. The guy's a inside damage control specialist, whose work is to come in and put a lid on the smell of rotten policing. He's an institutional janitor, with high-level security clearance. He'll pretend to make an example out of a couple of unlucky middling cops; but that'll be the end of him. A whole lot of criminality will get deep-sixed while he's in town, and later a nice chunk of our tax dollars will get busy leaving our vicinity on whatever carpet rosenthal flew in on.
This provincial regime is in big trouble and they're running out of tricks with which to deceive.
Perhaps the American watchdog will train the Canadian police, along the same lines as the American police.
What with all of this, making it easy to get products, over the border into the U.S. This of course, will include pipelines, rail lines and highways. Border security talk, is just another scam. Canada will be, the largest state in the U.S. Once this is all prepared. Obama will then proceed with, the Keystone pipeline.
Harper's Stalags are for the people, who will rise up against him.
No past cases to be investigated.
Which begs the question...
Do we have to wait for the police to murder/slaughter/beat down an innocent before he has anything to do?
And if by chance the police don`t slaughter an innocent just what will Mr. Independent do?
Just like Christy Clark having Professor Toope investigate the BC Public employee legal fee indemnity rules, which the BC Liberals broke...Mr. Toope was prevented from actually looking at the Basi/Virk indemnity decision..
And we also know that Christy Clark hired lawyers, she hired lawyers to discuss her role in the BC Rail/BC Liberal corruption scandal...
And we also know that the BC Government PAID for Christy Clark`s legal fees through the same indemnity program..
Yes indeed, Christy Clark stated(On air/CKNW) that her lawyer fees were paid for...
Why has no one asked the unelected pretend, soon to be voted out in a rout premier Clark why she needed to consult lawyers?...At our expense!
The BC Liberals are dead in the water, their polling at 18%...
And now...Perhaps Christy Clark will ask Vlad Putin how to cheat an election...
Oh yea, she already knows how, as witnessed in the Point Grey bi-election...Oh, and don`t forget she was kicked off the student council at S-F-U for...
For cheating on the student body elections!
Below is a first class story about the real Christy Clark, how she lied, manipulated, how she wanted at all cost to be the leader of the students at SFU and when rejected by her own class-mates in droves, especially the female class-mates she just up and quit......Here is a shocking biography of Christy Clark`s run at S-F-U.. story written by Glen P Robbins and Jim Van Rassell.
Here is a little teaser from a well-written Christy Clark biography!
"Clark's positive words would prove hollow. Her victory as president was over before it began. The Electoral Standing Committee disqualified her election on the basis that she extensively broke campaign rules - cheated to win - and narrowly - and was subsequently fined by the University as a consequence. Clark refused to pay her fines with Simon Fraser - and this non payment ultimately forced her out as President of the Simon Fraser Student Society.
Clark did not pay her fines - she adamantly refused and vigorously fought the University's decision to kick her out as president, threatening to sue the institution over its decision. Clark gave up this line of attack once she realized that the by-election for the position of presidency - that she had been recently removed from-- was coming up. She would run again for Simon Fraser Student Society President only this time on her own without her Unity slate colleagues holding her back.
Once again Christy Clark ran on the same policy format as she had before -- to remove the Simon Fraser Student Society and all students at the school from the Canadian Federation of students - hoping once again to take the money saved and install a lobbyist instead.
Christy Clark was soundly thrashed in the by-election forced to run a clean campaign the second time around - garnering only 43.5% of the vote in a two person race.
Bitter - Clark left Simon Fraser University - without a degree, the very objective that most of the students she purported to represent were seeking.
Special thanks to Simon Fraser University Archives, Simon Fraser Student Society, and to the great folks at the SFU Peak newspaper. Glen P. Robbins is a graduate of Simon Fraser University (Political Science)."
Thanks for that story Mr. Robbins.
What about the Perez conviction? He plea bargained to 3 years, after crippling a man, for which City taxpayers had to shell out $16,000,000. In 2002, 3 cops were convicted in an evidence planting case. What happened? The first tossed jury conviction in 20 years. How? The much trashed judge, Jacqueline O'Oconner, found that her own directions were false. During trial, O'Conner allowed Perez' ex-girlfriend to lead investigators on a search for non-existent bodies in Mexico; she was charged with Perjury. Those cops walked, 3 days before Christmas, and the scandal fizzled. Who was O'Conner? A former prosecutor who worked directly with Perez' CRASH units. And her husband at the time, was a CURRENT CRASH prosecutor. But its worse. The Los Angeles Times quoted her praising pre-arrest Perez as one of the City's "finest" And why didn't Rosenthal seek recusal? The same reason his later colleagues in Portland, walked out of his cop friendly circus. Just the facts please.
That's exactly it.
Now, we have got to play catch up and quickly ask ourselves why patty k/peter brown make this hire now--?
Was it done to aid crispy--? Partly perhaps.
But, think down the road a couple years and add in a bad scene of all that is coming for this criminal crew. Then, consider what sort of ringer would be useful in keeping a lid on the policing side of things once they start hotting up. There's an awful lot at stake on this front right now and the bad guys are not going away without throwing everything they have into the fight.
My greatest fear is that the fog machine is going to be turned to full on before we can call this band of thieves to account.
Iran has just closed the Strait of Hormuz for "training."
Their confederates control the supply of oil, too.
HORMUZ STRAIT IS NOT SHUT: IRAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN - BLOOMBERG
Iran has closed the Straits of Hormuz for military training as was expected yesterday, according to RanSquawk. Oil, and all other commodities, are outtahere.
In one case in Portland while Rosenthal was there, a man fleeing from police shot and wounded a police officer. The police then shot the man repeatedly with bullets, beanbags, tasers, and even had him bitten by a police dog. He bled out over nearly an hour and died because medical professionals were prevented from helping him. Nobody went to jail. Good fit for BC police, eh?