Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 

Piracy

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All day, I have been typing and re-typing the posting intended for this space.

No such luck.

It concerns BC Rail and the cocaine trafficking charges against Mr Big.


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Now and then, some hard-hearted citizen  beaks off with the idea that "nobody cares" about BC Rail. 

The following comment came in today but the context is long ago when Basi and Virk were expected to go to trial.

 Michelle has left a new comment on your post "As the date for the Basi-Virk trial approaches, le...":

Such a great article it was which Don Faulkner, proud of being a BC Rail trainman, [was] worrying about cost-cutting measures brought in by the new owners, in particular the braking systems and the added length of the trains. The BC Rail trainmen had developed an expertise suited to B.C. terrain. 100 boxcars were a maximum; but CN would soon decide that 150 boxcars would bring in more profit. Thanks for sharing this article.

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Comments:
As we know, the crime($) happened on multiple levels, almost simultaneously, in a near total data blackout. Hence, it simply has to be hard to capture it in writing.

Aptly named, "Everywhichway," by some clever wit within the rcmp. When they were getting these several investigations underway officially, they already knew full well that there were multiple crimes to arrest.

And so, i would second your move to look back into what all happened with the investigation and subsequent trial leading to Jas Baines?

Out of his drug trafficking activities, the case divides into two different branches, i would say.
One political, the other narcotic. So it might be good to remember BCR was robbed by a band of politicians who had no obvious ties to any kind of narco-traficantes (with the exception of paul martin, perhaps)

Found the following write-up (see next post) on the gangsters out website (i believe).{Sorry, no link} The guy sounds like he knows what he's talking about in regards to BCR and Jas.
 
As we know, the crime($) happened on multiple levels, almost simultaneously, in a near total data blackout. Hence, it simply has to be hard to capture it in writing.

Aptly named, "Everywhichway," by some clever wit within the rcmp. When they were getting these several investigations underway officially, they already knew full well that there were multiple crimes to arrest.

And so, i would second your move to look back into what all happened with the investigation and subsequent trial leading to Jas Baines?

Out of his drug trafficking activities, the case divides into two different branches, i would say.
One political, the other narcotic. So it might be good to remember BCR was robbed by a band of politicians who had no obvious ties to any kind of narco-traficantes (with the exception of paul martin, perhaps)

Found the following write-up (see next post) on the gangsters out website (i believe).{Sorry, no link} The guy sounds like he knows what he's talking about in regards to BCR and Jas.
 
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011

The Cocaine Connection to the Bassi Virk Case


OK this has been bugging me for a while but I think I've finally found the connection. We've all heard about the BC Rail scam tied to Christy Clark's brother Bruce. The part that interested me was how the investigation that resulted in search warrants for two MLAs started over a drug investigation tied to organized crime.

We know their plea bargain cut the investigation short but all in all, Basi's cousin Jasmohan Singh Bains was convicted of cocaine traficking. Bains headed a Victoria-based group that shipped kilograms of cocaine to Metro Toronto and remitted cash back via Federal Express. His trial last summer focused on one shipment of 12 kilos, worth about $400,000, and Bains's boast that he could supply 50 kilos a week.

Although the drug ring was significant in size and was tied to organized crime, the nutty judge declared Bains was the initiator, the driving force, and the chief executive officer of the trafficking enterprise, and he answered to no other person. Yeah right. That doesn't even make sense but whatever. The point was Basi's cousin was convicted of cocaine trafficking.

Police became interested in former Liberal insider Dave Basi when numerous calls were made to his cellphone from Bains, his cousin. So he got a few calls from his cousin. That in itself is not earth shattering. However, Tips from an informant suggested Basi was laundering money for Bains by purchasing real estate, which is very significant. Those charges appear to have been dropped after Basi plead out to the BC Rail scandal.

Another cousin, Aneal Basi, who worked as a government media analyst, is accused of money laundering for allegedly accepting cheques from Erik Bornmann, then a partner in the lobbying firm Pilothouse, and transferring funds to Basi. Erik Bornmann in his statement to RCMP alleged that Bruce Clark, brother of then Deputy Premier (and current Premier) Christy Clark, bribed David Basi. Bribes for documents is one with but money laundering is another.

Basi was also heavily involved in efforts to push federal Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien out of office and replace him with then–Finance minister Paul Martin. The so-called "Basi Boys" were allegedly used by Martin's B.C. lieutenant Mark Marissen -- husband of then-provincial Liberal deputy premier Christy Clark -- to take over riding associations for the Martin forces.

Hey, wait a minute. Didn't Paul Martin own a shipping line that wasfound to carry cocaine? Police in Nova Scotia discovered 83 kilograms of cocaine on a ship that is owned by Prime Minister Paul Martin's sons and named after Martin's wife. And Alfonso Gagliano said, Forget about it.



Looks like there was a Surrey connection too: Jaspal (Tony) Singh and Mandeep Sandhu were charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuanabetween Sept. 30 and Dec. 9, 2003 and with possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking on Oct. 9, 2003. The case involved a total of six kilograms of marijuana seized from a Surrey warehouse.

Former Victoria police constable Ravinder (Rob) Dosanjh wasconvicted of obstruction of justice last October in Vancouver provincial court. He was found guilty of counselling his cousin Sandhu to make false statements to police about the origin of funds seized from Sandhu’s residence. He received a conditional sentence of house arrest.

Dave Basi had been charged with the production and possession of marijuana after police found a grow operation in a home he owned but rented out at Shawnigan Lake, about 20 kilometres north of Victoria. Those charges were stayed June 30, 2005, by the federal Crown."
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Excellent post, John Guhn. Many thanks for the succinct reminder.
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Jon,

Again, major thanks. I recognize this man's name from "gangsters out" and I'd say he's absolutely on our side.

I only found his blog recently and didn't realize that he has taken on the Basi-Virk "trial". That's good news for us.

Thanks again.
 
With all due respect, Mary, i have to write that, from my view at least, the more interesting connections are to be found, not to Jas Baines so much (who was/is predictably in it for the money, ie., a narco-traficante) but to those that run from Dave Basi to Mark Marrisen and Gary Farrell Collins.

Once again, though, following these more political branches will only get us so far, and then they'll leave us hanging out on a limb, too far out and unable to get back hacking at the roots of the robbery.

It was the three bandits seen slipping in the back doors of the west annex that we have to bring to the dock for questioning as to what happened to our railway.

But we need to start planning. Because los tres bandidos are protected by a code of parliament granting in camera executive meetings absolute secrecy. Plus, we saw how ol' martyn brown, arguably the most capable man in the provincial executive bureaucracy over the last two decades, suddenly developed a very pronounced case of stupidity, all in the face of a phantom judge who found it perfectly fine.


And, in a related matter, i wonder if we are safe in believing that Dix will hold a full enquiry when the time comes?

Anyway, thanks for all you do.

Cheers.
 
Dix will not have a full inquiry, on anything. He's just playing the same game, different "friends".

The BC NDP are not the moral leaders that we need to get us out of the dire straights that the Liberals put us in. At least not as they are currently led and configured. Dix is no Joy McPhail or Dave Barrett or even W.A.C. Bennett.

Consider Moe Sihota's salary being paid by the unions as one small but telling indicator.

I wish I could have confidence that being the "union party" would translate into concern for ordinary people, but I know from experience it does not. They can be just as compromised, corrupt and greedy as any other power structure.

It all stems from moral leadership and that's not Dix' strength, he's Mr. Backroom Tactician, good at it, but nothing more. Opportunism drives him, not the good of the province and its citizens. You'll see.
 
Chinese Sneakers & Anonymous:

I share your estimation of Dix and the current NDP.

Having had a critical experience with Leonard Krog who prides himself on appearing to be the Attorney-General critic, I have little faith in their team.

The only positive thing I can say is that they AREN'T the BC Liberals.

They're too damn close, but Dix & Crew are the best alternative we've got, for the short-term future. It's all we've got.

Rumour has it that a group of sane-minded citizens have given Krog the ultimatum: shape up, or go under. I wouldn't be surprised to see Krog "retire" to private practice with his lawyer-wife in Nanaimo, and not participate in the next provincial election.

Might be possible to press for improvements.

I hope all citizens will give it their best shot too. Tuum est. It's up to you. It's up to all of us, if we honestly care about this province.

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P.S. You also mention the critical issue of a public inquiry into BC Rail.

I'd say no, we're not safe in believing that Dix will hold a full enquiry.

It seems to me that we need to target the Public Inquiry so firmly that Dix (or whoever ends up the leader or Attorney-General) faces one huge uproar if he fails to set up the proper enquiry ready to launch it at the earliest possible moment.

It should be done now, today, in no uncertain terms.

May I nominate you to form a small action-group to designate a time and place for the BC Rail Inquiry, and begin advertising it without further delay? Then:

*Recruit Adrian Dix immediately.
*Begin advertising the Public Inquiry right now ... as part of the next provincial election
*Make sure Dix (or whoever is in charge) is on board with that,
*let's all be prepared to hold feet to the fire!

Show us the way. One step at a time, we can do it. And we want so much for this to happen.

I'm convinced that the party which PROMISES a BC Rail Public Inquiry will win the next provincial election, hands-down.
 
http://www.news1130.com/news/national/article/322401--17-grain-cars-lie-crumpled-on-valley-floor-after-plunging-off-bridge-in-alberta

Another CN accident.
 
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