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January 1, 2015

Harper’s "war on terror"

Scott Stockdale

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In a recent article on Truth and Shadows website former award-winning newspaper reporter and editor Barrie Zwicker outlines his case for concluding that: "THE "TERRORIST" EVENTS of last October in Ottawa and two days earlier in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu bear all the hallmarks of a coordinated cross-border one-two punch false flag operation."

In an interview with the Canadian Charger, Mr. Zwicker said many people find it hard to believe they're being told very big lies by their leaders, let alone that their leaders are staging fake events; and the media reinforces this mindset.

“Most people don't know the history of past deceptions. The media just buys the official line and most people get their ideas from the media.”

He points out that these attacks - whether by coincidence or not - dovetail nicely with the Harper government's intensification of the so-called “war on terror”.

“The first bombing sorties of Canadian F-18s took place hours after the violent acts of supposed “homegrown” and “self-radicalized” supporters of “Islamic jihad.”

He added that domestically the second outrage occurred on the very day the government was to introduce legislation giving the RCMP, CSIS and CSEC more powers.

Mr. Zwicker said these attacks were deliberately planned to increase public support for a new war in the Middle East, better chances for faster and less-questioned support in Parliament for the increased police and spy powers, and enhanced public approval ratings for the Harper government in the run-up to next year’s general election.

Reading this, one can't help but recall how the much-reviled Bush government got elected a second time, by claiming - in the wake of 9/11 - that it was the only government capable of keeping Americans safe from terrorists.

Mr. Zwicker noted that both Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and hit-and-run killer Martin Couture-Rouleau were “known to authorities.”  He then points out that in the Focus section of the Globe and Mail on October 25 Doug Saunders actually describes - without his using the term - false flag ops by U.S. “authorities.”

He then excerpts a section of Mr. Saunders article:

“Authorities in the U.S. adopted the practice of catching lone-wolf figures in sting operations, in which they’d find disturbed young men online, provide them with prefabricated terror plots and (fake) weapons, and arrest them a moment before they were about to carry out their planned attack. This approach has been numerically successful – that is, it has intercepted a lot of putative terrorists – but many wonder if it’s simply making the problem worse, and turning police agencies into terrorism enablers.”

Mr. Zwicker mentioned the work of Dr. Ewen Cameron, who was invited to set up the psychiatry program at McGill University, in 1943. Dr. Cameron was involved in experiments in Canada for Project MKULtra, a CIA-directed mind control program. Mr. Zwicker said that drugs developed by the CIA can induce a hypnotic state; and he is not the only commentator who finds it telling that despite ample evidence that Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was not in a rational state of mind, no drug test was done on his body.

On the propaganda front, Mr. Zwicker noted that key mainstream media stories as well as tweets “disappeared.”

“Stories disappeared from Google. Both U.S. and Canadian mainstream reports were altered significantly. This could only be carried out by internal gatekeeper agents.”

On Tuesday, October 23rd Amy MacPherson of Free The Press Canada wrote a story posted the next day on GlobalResearch which Mr. Zwicker said contains damning evidence of rolling censorship on social media, including Twitter, and in mainstream media, including the Toronto Star and the CBC.

The original Toronto Star story by Allan Woods, Bruce Campion-Smith, Joanna Smith, Tonda MacCharles and Les Whittington said multiple witnesses saw Mr. Couture-Rouleau with his hands in the air when at least one police officer opened fire. They also said a knife was lodged into the ground near where the incident occurred.

Mr. Zwicker said a later article said Mr. Couture-Rouleau was an Islamic radical who emerged from the vehicle with a knife in his hands and there was “no mention of eyewitnesses who saw his hands in the air and the knife lodged in the ground (an image seen later on CBC-TV news).”

He said a syndicated copy of the original article had to be located at the Cambridge Times, because a newer, edited version at the Toronto Star appeared, dramatically altered, by Tuesday.

Ms. MacPherson wrote: “The article was more than edited and qualifies as being replaced entirely, having lost its tone, facts and spirit from the original published version.”

Ms. MacPherson's frame grabs showing that U.S. news outlets were fed information by “U.S. officials” identifying Zehaf-Bibeau as the Ottawa shooter prematurely, before Canadian media were able to identify him, are equally if not more damning, Mr. Zwicker said. 

Quoting Ms. MacPherson, Mr. Zwicker said:  “ 'At 10:54 a.m. Eastern, when the National War Memorial crime scene was not yet secured, CBS News stated: 'The gunmen [sic] has been identified by U.S. officials to CBS News as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian national born in 1982.' MP Charlie Angus described gunshots around 10 a.m. American media had solved the murder 54 minutes later.”

“By 4:58 p.m.” Ms. MacPherson notes, “the [CBS] story was edited to remove the shooter’s name, or any mention of the U.S. government’s knowledge.” She continued: “The only problem is no one could update the Google database quick enough with these changes, so the original information still appeared with general search results.

Ms. MacPherson then wondered how American intelligence knew the name of a “possible terrorist” when Canadians didn’t; and how was this information so widespread that American media and Google had access to distribute, but domestic reporters on the scene did not?

Mr. Zwicker said a hallmark of false flag ops is that military, security, police or “intelligence” exercises precede or run simultaneously with a false flag operation because “Run-throughs are necessary for all complex maneuvers. A drill also justifies assembling the human and other resources.”

He then ties this in with what Mark Taliano wrote on the Global Research website, on October 31, about the events in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa:

“The theory that U.S agencies were somehow implicated in the [Ottawa] tragedy is further reinforced by … Operation Determined Dragon, a joint Canada/U.S counter-terrorism drill…” (

Mr. Zwicker said the first Canadian event - the fatal hit-and-run carried out by Mr. Couture-Rouleau - occurred on the first day of that drill, October 20.

“From that day to 29th was the “execution phase” of a joint Canada-U.S.-NATO military-intelligence “linked exercise” named Determined Dragon 14 (in internal documents called “Ex DD 14”).”

Moreover, Mr. Zwicker points out that on the CBC -TV's The National, on October 25, CBC senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault said Canadian authorities may have been surprised by the actual incidents but not by the concepts of them, because they had actually been rehearsing for both of these events.

In response to a question from The National anchor Peter Mansbridge, Ms. Arsenault said, on October 25:

“They [Canadian authorities] may have been surprised by the actual incidents but not by the concepts of them. Within the last month we know that the CSIS, the RCMP and the National Security Task Force engaged in, I suppose they, ran a scenario that’s akin to a war games exercise if you will where they actually imagined literally an attack in Quebec, followed by an attack in another city, followed by a tip that 'hey some guys, some foreign fighters are coming back from Syria.' So they were imagining a worst case scenario. We’re seeing elements of that happening right now. … [Canadian authorities] may talk today in terms of being surprised but we know that this precise scenario has been keeping them up at night for awhile.” 

Mr. Zwicker noted that the media never report these military, security, police or “intelligence” exercises which precede or run simultaneously with a false flag operations.

“They've got the media at their back.”

While some commentators have characterized this as an “amazing coincidence,” Mr. Zwicker said it fits in with a central theme that buttresses the official line: “that there have been “security lapses,” that these lapses are serious, that therefore “security agencies” need “more resources” to do their jobs “protecting our security” and “making us safe,” and so on and on.”

He added that the need for transparency and accountability is not only forgotten within “terrorist threat” hysteria. It is turned on its head.

“It is claimed that transparency and accountability are threats to the public! And that anyone who suggests otherwise also is a threat. In a world of fear the good becomes bad and the bad becomes good.”

Although he feels there is scepticism about the official version of events in many of these “terrorist” claims, Mr. Zwicker said it's difficult to keep one's belief because there is no support for it in the media. However, he added that there are video's which present evidence which contradicts the official version of events, and we all have our own counsel – our inner light.

While trying to convince people that their government's are orchestrating false flag events is an uphill battle, Mr. Zwicker said, “It's like Henry Ford said: 'You build one Ford at a time.' “



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