This is not an article I ever wanted to write, but Friday’s (May 31/07) release of the “shameful coverup” by the Ipperwash Inquiry, the announcement that the federal government wants to reward the Douglas Creek Estates criminals with a $125,000,000 payment to Six Nations, and today’s release of a frightening video [dial-up] of Mohawk Warrior terrorist Shawn Brant threatening Canada leaves me no choice.
“I don’t give a rat’s ass if we create victims.”
“Not until every home has suffered like we have suffered will I stop.”
“We will take whatever action is necessary to bring this government to its knees.”
Shawn Brant, Mohawk Warrior
Leader of Deseronto occupation and rail blockade
Our country is at a very dangerous crossroads. One road leads to a nation ruled by laws where all citizens are equal; the other leads to a black hole where law-abiding citizens realize that the police and government will not protect them from native criminals, and are forced to take the law into their own hands in order to defend themselves.
When I first heard about the terrible events in Caledonia and how the OPP stood by and watched as they occurred, I was angry. When I listened to politicians and journalists ridicule Gary McHale for organizing peaceful protests, I was angry. When I heard that a law-abiding citizen was arrested for trying to raise a Canadian flag, I was angry. When the OPP ripped a Canadian flag from my hands and arrested McHale and me to prevent us from putting up a flag, I was angry. When the OPP defamed us, I was angry. When I watched a native thug escape arrest or identification on Chris Syrie’s property, I was angry. When the OPP again violated my constitutional rights on January 20th, I was angry. When I heard Dancer’s story, I was angry. When I heard the audio recordings of DCE maniacs planning to shoot residents and OPP officers, I was angry. When I heard that a native man was shot because the OPP wouldn’t get involved in a dispute involving DCE, I was angry. And, when I saw the video of OPP officers in Hagersville helping natives intimidate a deeded land owner during an illegal occupation by helping build a fence to keep the owner out, I was angry.
Today, however, I am not angry. Today, I am sad and fearful because all the institutions who are supposed to protect us have lined up to appease violent criminals instead of providing us with justice, leadership and protection from Landclaim Terror.
Now that the Ipperwash Inquiry and both levels of government have given a green light to more native occupations, intimidation and terror campaigns, I fear that, absent a concerted, organized and peaceful effort by Canadian citizens to influence elected officials, the rule of law in Canada is in danger of being lost completely. The opposite of the Rule of Law is anarchy. When police refuse to enforce the law, and governments reward criminals with money and official inquiries to cover up their crimes at the expense of law abiding citizens, there can be no other outcome. None.
During my speech at the January 20/07 March for Freedom I alluded to the dangers of allowing the Rule of Law to slip away:
“I have seen the burned out tanks in the desert and driven carefully through the minefields. I have driven through the streets of the Gaza strip where today there is civil war because there is NO rule of law. I have stood on the hill in northern Israel that is named Har Megidon. You may know it by its English name – Armageddon.”
The Premier of Ontario and now, the Commissioner of the Ipperwash Inquiry, have referred to the use of law enforcement officers involved in landclaim occupations and protests as “peacekeepers.” This is a very disturbing development to those of us who have actually served on peacekeeping missions. Recently, fellow UN peacekeeper Merlyn Kinrade and I sent a letter to Mr. Guinty explaining the critical differences between the two:
“‘Law Enforcement’ is a role performed by police officers in a functioning, vibrant, healthy First World democracy in order to preserve the Rule of Law and protect law-abiding citizens from criminals irrespective of their race, religion, national origin or grievance. It requires that citizens respect both the law and the willingness of police officers to enforce it justly.
“‘Peacekeeping’ is a role performed mainly by soldiers trained to kill, and is used as a deterrent during civil war in failed states where the Rule of Law has broken down, or in the aftermath of international warfare to prevent further hostilities.”
It disturbs me greatly that people in positions of power talk of ‘peacekeeping’ as if it were some kind of innocuous, refined and noble form of policing when, in fact, their use of this word is the surest confirmation that the foundation of our society – the rule of law – is collapsing.
“If our governments and our police do not enforce the law as we wait for the federal government to resolve land claims, we may well find soldiers with blue helmets in our midst one day, and the Premier of the day will not be joking about it. Of that you can be quite sure.”
Kinrade/Vandermaas ‘Blue Helmet’ letter to Premier McGuinty, May 08/07
I share wholeheartedly the view that improving our communication with, and understanding of, First Nations people and our treaty rights is a must. I reject – out of hand – however, the notion that police should protect native criminals at the expense of innocent, law-abiding citizens. The Ipperwash Inquiry failed to make a critical distinction between honourable native people and the criminals in their midst. Their endorsement of OPP racial policing policies is wrong-headed because such policies victimize innocents, both native and non-native.
“OPP Two Tier Justice policies are based on the false assumption that native people have no self-control, that they are incapable of obeying the law, that they and their children are willing to live in a lawless world ruled by criminals who take what they want, when they want.
“What does it say to honourable native parents who try to raise their children to have respect for the rights and property of other citizens when the OPP so eagerly reward the sociopaths in native communities for their violence and criminality? How many native youth have been turned away from productive lives by well-meaning, but destructive racial policing policies?”
VoiceofCanada, May 26/06: OPP Two Tier Justice policies victimize native people
I feel a great sense of dread today that this period in Canada’s history will not end well. I fear that all our efforts to convince our leaders to pull Canada back from the brink of anarchy may have been in vain. I fear that we will not be able to mobilize Canadians quickly enough to put a stop to the insanity of rewarding violent criminals judicially and financially.
I am not the only one who is afraid of the road our governments and police seem so determined to travel:
“The weaklings at Queen’s Park responded [to the Caledonia occupation] by reining in police and promising the lawbreakers that the province would not call in the military. The province then appealed an entirely reasonable cease-and-desist order from a judge in Cayuga. Having created an absolute power vacuum, the province tosses this hot potato into the lap of the federal government.
As we saw in Hagersville, natives are going to test the limits of this power vacuum until somone pushes back. This cannot go on forever. More of this and our reluctant leaders will have a militia movement [my emphasis] to contend with along with growing native unrest.”
Simcoe Reformer, May 28/07: Passing the buck
When law-abiding Canadians have lost all faith in the law, the police and their governments’ ability and/or willingness to protect them from criminals, anarchy and violence will follow surely as night follows day. Sooner or later, a landowner is going to resist the intimidation of native thugs assisted by the OPP, or a sociopathic demagogue like Shawn Brant will convince some impressionable young native wannabe warrior to pull the trigger, and tragedy will be the result. The loss of innocent lives will spiral out of control as retaliation begets retaliation.
I believe we have some time yet to convince our leaders – via lawful means – to take the right road, but it concerns me greatly that roadblocks are being constantly placed in our path. I don’t understand why the OPP, the provincial government, Haldimand council, and now the Deseronto council, are so determined to stifle our peaceful attempts to inform the public and hold our leaders accountable.
Their naivety astounds me. For example, despite the overwhelming evidence that shows how innocent residents in Caledonia, Ipperwash and Deseronto have been victimized by native criminals and OPP Two Tier Justice, Deseronto’s clerk-treasurer and Mayor had this to say to the Belleville Intelligencer about the town’s refusal to honour their room rental agreement with us:
“We’re trying to look out for what’s best for Deseronto,” he said. “I don’t believe it was an educational process. I think that they had further intent. But the grounds we turned them down on was that it’s a facility for community associations.
“For the most part, Deseronto residents are pleased with the police treatment of the situation, said Brooks. “We’ve had lots of police presence here,” he said. “Quite honestly, most people feel protected.”
Deputy Mayor Clarence Zieman concurred. “From what I understand, the meeting would have been to berate what they call a two-tier system of policing. We’re quite happy with what the OPP are doing.”
Belleville Intelligencer, June 05/07: Deseronto keeps contentious group out
I’m sure Shawn Brant, the Mohawk Warriors and the OPP are very pleased with Deseronto’s decision to keep citizens from meeting other victims of native violence and Two Tier Justice, and learning from their experiences and from our work in documenting the evidence of the crimes committed against them. Unfortunately for the citizen-passengers of the Deseronto Titanic, their ship is heading for an iceberg with the crew asleep at the wheel in blissful ignorance.
Our governments, our police and native criminals have sent a powerful message to us that lawlessness works well as an instrument of change, and I suspect that the lesson is not lost on those caught up in land claims, both native and non-native.
Let me make clear that, in contrast to the hateful words of Shawn Brant, I do not endorse violence. I do not seek violence. I do not hate. I believe that peaceful protest is the way to make our leaders listen. No one reading this should take my words as even a tacit approval for criminal behaviour. I simply feel a compelling duty to tell what I see and feel, and today I feel sadness and fear along with a determination to redouble my efforts to do what I can to stop the evil confronting us.
We, as citizens of a great country, have a responsibility to do what we can to help our politicians realize that we are travelling – at a very high rate of speed – down the wrong road to a very dark place. It’s time to stop and check the map before it’s too late.
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall movie, June 06/07: Canada at the Crossroads – about the chilling terrorist threats from Mohawk Warrior leader, Shawn Brant. NOTE: 1.5 hours of raw footage used to produce this film have been supplied to CSIS by CWUC. DIAL-UP
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall feature: Shawn Brant & the direct terrorist threat to Canada
- McHale letter to federal Minister of Public Safety, June 08/07: Shawn Brant violates Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act
- VoiceofCanada/CaledoniaWakeUpCall joint news release, June 01/07: NEWS RELEASE: Ipperwash Papers investigator calls Inquiry “shameful cover-up”
- VoiceofCanada feature: THE IPPERWASH PAPERS (incl. links to media commentary on dangers to Canada due to Ipperwash Inquiry)
- VoiceofCanada, Jan 21/07: OPP & OPPA vs. Supreme Court of Canada and the Charter of Rights & Freedoms
- VoiceofCanada, May 15/07: Democracy takes a hit in Deseronto
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com feature: $125 Million to Six Nations
- VoiceofCanada feature: Dancer’s courage
- VoiceofCanada, Jan 21/07: OPP & OPPA vs. Supreme Court of Canada and Charter of Rights & Freedoms
- FantinoGate: Vandermaas complaint re defamation by OPP officers
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall video, May 25/07: OPP helps natives build fence during illegal occupation to keep owner out! DIAL-UP
- VoiceofCanada post, April 19/07: Leadership has a name in Caledonia: Merlyn Kinrade, RCN (retired)
- Kinrade/Vandermaas letter to Premier McGuinty, May 08/07: Blue Helmets
- VoiceofCanada, May 26/07: OPP Two Tier Justice policies victimize native people
- Simcoe Reformer, May 28/07: Passing the buck