HAIKU, Maui, June 29 - Globalism showed its
ugly face again this weekend in Toronto as some 19,000 police confronted
about 5,000 mostly peaceful protesters against the globalist prima-donnas,
as epitomized by G20 leaders' meeting in Canada's largest city. The
full extent of fallout from this weekend's events is yet to be felt.
But the pictures emerging so far from the streets of
Toronto are not pretty. They suggest that the greatest victims of this
weekend's events may heave been the Canadian civil liberties and
Introduction: A Story Behind the Story
When I first saw the Saturday headlines in the
online media describing some demonstrations at the G20 meeting in Toronto, I
initially shrugged them off as "what else is new?" Every time the
globalist elite get together to coordinate their policies, thousands of
people turn up to protest (in Seattle, Sydney, London, Pittsburgh... etc.).
But when I learned that the Canadian authorities had brought in 19,000
police and built a detention center in eastern Toronto in advance of
the G20 summit, my eyebrows raised a bit. It seemed a little
excessive, especially as a prophylactic measure. So I asked a friend
of mine in Canada to corroborate some of the stories I had seen in the
His reaction intrigued me. My friend was
"seething" with anger. At me!? He said he completely supported
the actions the police took against the protesters.
"I applaud the police work that was done," he
said. "I think they showed amazing restraint."
And he questioned my facts and sources.
"I hope you don't become one of these armchair 'instigators' bent on
sensationalism," he continued. "I don't buy your conspiracy theory at
Hm... They weren't "my" facts. They came
from the mainstream media sources (AP, Reuters, Canadian Press, etc.).
I knew from past experience that major media are often in cahoots with the
globalist elites. So I simply asked my Canadian friend to double-check
"If the above facts check out," I wrote, "why
should we not consider that the 'violent' demonstrators were not in fact
police impostors perpetrating crimes of vandalism so as to justify such a
massive overreaction and expense of G20 'security' by a police state Canada
"Get a grip, Bob!!!!" my friend exploded with
Guess I must have hit a nerve with my question.
But why? It was a puzzle.
As most of you know, I have not been doing much
writing on geopolitical subjects in the last eight years. "Been there,
done that," as they say. "There is nothing new under the sun," as King
Solomon put it over 4,000 years ago. The only thing that has changed
since I did my wartime reporting and investigative work in the 1990s is the
name of the actors and the backdrop to the stage. So it is now Iraq
and Afghanistan and Bush-Obama, instead of Bosnia and Serbia and
But my friend's reaction tickled my curiosity.
It awakened a sleeping dog and dragged a geopolitical writer out of
mothballs. Temporarily. The story that follows was a result .
I did some research over the last couple of
days to find out what really happened in Toronto this weekend. I
contacted some of my Canadian media sources and other friends and asked for
their input. They flooded me with information. But having lived
in Toronto in the 1970s, I knew the city quite well. It used to be one
of the nicest, most civilized places in which to live and raise a family.
So vandalism and violence that apparently took place this weekend seemed
quite out of character. Which is why I felt it was a story worth
Who Were the Black-Hooded
Goons? Why Didn't Police Intervene, Arrest Them?
A small group of black-hooded goons (75
according to one media source; about 200 by some police estimates), wearing
masks to hide their identity, evidently tried to disrupt a peaceful
demonstration in downtown Toronto on Saturday afternoon by smashing windows
and setting some police cars on fire. They carried out acts of
vandalism for more than an hour and a half completely ignored by an army of
riot police who made downtown Toronto look like a black fortress. None
of them were arrested or even questioned by the police. Then the thugs
took off their black garbs and blended into the crowd.
Here's a video shot by Joe Wenkoff, a
journalist who followed them for 24 blocks with his cameraman throughout the
Black Hoods get green light from police to rampage?
At the end of the video, the journalist asked
the following legitimate questions:
Check out also these acts of vandalism against
a Starbucks store in which the perpetrator seems to be wearing boots and
forearm guards that the riot police use:
(also see close-up - right)
Meanwhile, contrast the silent treatment that
these criminals with black hoods received from the police in black uniforms
with the way the riot police handled some peaceful demonstrators at Queen
and Spadina Streets in downtown Toronto who were singing the Canadian
Peaceful Protest (a video)
And now, also check out these images of how the
menacing-looking black-helmeted riot police handled some other peaceful
demonstrators in Toronto:
Those arrested were reportedly taken to a
detention camp built in advance of the G20 meeting. A female Canadian
journalist was also among those arrested. She said the police stripped
off her media badge and took her to the detention center where she spent 13
hours. She goes on to testify on camera about police abuses of young
women in detention camp:
Male police officers allegedly strip-searched and abused young women
in detention camp
And that's behavior befitting "Toronto's
finest?" What's a nice country like Canada coming to? Another
police state in which the citizens are abused rather than protected?
When I lived in that city in the 1970s, the police cars used to have a
slogan "to serve and protect" imprinted on them. The only people they
seemed to be protecting this weekend in Toronto were the hooligans.
Nor was this the first time the police tried to
instigate violence so as to justify violence. Check out this video
happened in Montebello, Quebec, when three undercover police officers
attempted to disrupt a peaceful demonstration.
admit provocateurs tried to incite riot in Quebec (a video)
Later, close-ups of the three black-hooded
perpetrators showed them wearing the same kind of boots as the police
officers (right). Which may have led to the eventual admission.
Of course, what happened in Quebec is no proof
that the same thing occurred on Toronto streets on Saturday. But it
does show that it CAN happen; that the Canadian police had used such tactics
before. When I first asked my Canadian friend for more information, I was
acting purely on a hunch. I had not seen any of the pictures or videos
at the time. I had no idea that the people who smashed windows and
burned cars wore hoods and masks. But once I learned that details from
another Canadian friend, I began immediately to suspect that the Toronto
violence may have been an inside job. Black hoods and masks are
signature uniforms of the thugs police use around the world when they want
to provoke riots and justify brutal police crackdowns. And what you
saw above in that direction, points in that direction.
Toronto G20 Photo Album: Blood
and Violence in Streets...
Back to Toronto and this weekend, they say "a
picture is worth a thousand words." There are literally thousands of
pictures available on the web which translate into millions of words that
speak of the once free and tolerant Canada as the latest example of a police
state. Check out some of the street scenes we have selected for this
HERE to go to the Globe and Mail (Canadian national newspaper)
G8/G20 section where you can find hundreds of additional photos and
...As New Global Aristocrats
Feast and Toast Each Other
Meanwhile, while mayhem rules outside, the new
global aristocrats feasted and toasted each other, both in Toronto, and in
Huntsville, Ontario, the venue of a more exclusive G8 meeting.
Obama and Italian PM Berlusconi
Saudi King and foreign minister also attended
Obama & Harper (Cdn) toast each other with beer
to go to the Globe and Mail (Canadian national newspaper) G8/G20 section
where you can find hundreds of additional photos and videos. Also
more photos from the G8/G20 Summits.
Observe the contrast between the scenes in two above photo albums. They are
reminiscent of pre-revolutionary Versailles, when Marie Antoinette
dismissively said, "let them eat cake," in reference to the plight of angry
and hungry French people. Of course, we know what followed. Four
years later, she and her husband, Louis XVI, lost not only their faces but
their heads, too. In a guillotine basket.
The new global G20 aristocrats may not have said "let them eat cake," but
they let their actions do the talking. As thousands protested in the streets
of Toronto, inside the G20 summit world leaders agreed to a controversial
goal of cutting government deficits in half by 2013.
Canadian columnist Naomi Klein comments: "What actually happened at the
summit is that the global elites just stuck the bill for their drunken binge
with the world’s poor, with the people that are most vulnerable," Klein says
Sticking the Public with the Bill for the Bankers' Crisis, Globe & Mail,
June 28; also check out a fascinating
Globe & Mail article about the origins of the G20).
"My city feels like a crime scene and the
criminals are all melting into the night, fleeing the scene. No, I’m not
talking about the kids in black who smashed windows and burned cop cars
on Saturday. I’m talking about the heads of state who, on Sunday night,
smashed social safety nets and burned good jobs in the middle of a
recession. Faced with the effects of a crisis created by the world’s
wealthiest and most privileged strata, they decided to stick the poorest
and most vulnerable people in their countries with the bill."
This is a huge and shocking cut, and we should be
very clear who will pay the price: students who will see their public
educations further deteriorate as their fees go up; pensioners who will
lose hard-earned benefits; public-sector workers whose jobs will be
eliminated. And the list goes on. These types of cuts have already begun
in many G20 countries including Canada, and they are about to get a lot
worse. For instance, reducing the projected 2010 deficit in the U.S. by
half, in the absence of a sizeable tax increase, would mean a whopping
Markets usually love cuts in spending.
This time, however, Wall Street also turned thumbs down on the new deal
forged at the Toronto summit. The market sagged slightly on Monday,
and then plummeted nearly nearly 300 points today on worries that G20's cuts
in spending may stifle global economic growth (see
US Stocks Fall Slightly; Worry Over G-20 Deficit Cuts, June 28).
O Canada: Some Brave Canadians
Still Stand on Guard for Thee
Meanwhile, some outraged Canadians gathered
today to protest the conduct of "Toronto's finest" this weekend.
1,000 loud but peaceful Torontonians – furious at police tactics, the G20
and seeing their city hijacked – converged on Toronto Police headquarters on
College Street late Monday afternoon," the Globe and Mail reported this
evening. "Parents, businessmen, protesters and grandparents chanted and
drummed in front of dozens of police officers before marching through
downtown and converging on Queen’s Park for a dance party."
"There have been multiple allegations of police misconduct and brutality in connection with the way police arrested and detained more than 900 people in connection with protests surrounding the G20 summit,"
the story said. "Several people are planning legal action in connection with arrests and with the public works act put in place prior to the summit that allowed police to arrest people who refused to provide identification or allow their bags to be searched near the fence surrounding the summit security area."
Some people carried banners saying "Police
State." Civil liberties groups said they were planning lawsuits against the
police. Others demanded a PUBLIC inquiry of the police actions.
(Check out the full Globe and
Protests at Toronto Police HQ which includes a video from this rally)
Boyd Erman, a Globe and Mail columnist, joined
in. He said in today's column that the police G20 tactics gave Toronto
a black eye - in the business community, not just among ordinary people:
"Come to Toronto, for
work or pleasure, and enjoy having your civil
liberties trampled and your right to free
expression stifled. Avail yourself of our
hospitality in a crowded detention pen, with
free stale buns and water when (or if) your
hosts get around to it. Partake of an
invigorating massage, courtesy of police
officers wielding truncheons. The best part –
there’s no charge! Except that seems to mean the
cops will pick you up, hold you, then let you go
without ever following through criminal charges
or prosecution, suggesting they had nothing on
you in the first place.
The image of Toronto,
post-summit, is that this is a place where the
rule of law isn’t what it used to be, where the
democratic right to protest can be suspended if
It was heartening for this former Toronto
resident to see that not all is lost in Canada; that there are still some
brave Torontonians left who are not intimidated by police brutality, nor
willing to surrender their rights to the globalist elites, the way the
Canadian governments (federal, provincial, city) did. One thousand
people and a few uncowed columnists may not seem like much for a city of six
million. But considering the brutal tactics to which this weekend's
protesters were subjected, showing up today in front of the police HQ was an
act of bravery. We salute them for the peaceful and dignified manner
in which they expressed their righteous anger.
So maybe there is still hope. Some brave
Canadians still "stand on guard for thee" (a quote from the Canadian
UPDATE: Did Toronto Police Brass Cuff, Muzzle Their Own Officers?
TORONTO, July 1 - Here's an update to our
original Toronto story. It appears the orders to stand down and let
the black-hooded goons do their dirty work in the streets of Toronto came
from the top - the police brass cuffed and muzzled their own officers.
A Toronto Sun columnist, Joe Warmington, writes that several frontline
officers had told him they were ordered not to get involved.
Surprise, surprise... right, given that all
three levels of Canadian governments cow-towed before the G20 "aristocrats"
like a bunch of poodles.
"It was awful," one officer told Warmington.
"There were guys with equipment to do the job, all standing around looking
at each other in disbelief."
Here's a link to the full story...
June 30, 2010 8:29am
Warmington: Cops had hands 'cuffed
Let's hope that there is a public inquiry and
that, when the full truth emerges from it, real culprits end up behind bars.
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