A message from Rick Simpson:
I am very sorry your family had to learn the hard way what the medical system is all about. Unfortunately, it is not just the medical system but everything the government controls that is working against us all. I have been through the so-called legal system and the lawyers are just as bad as the doctors. Lawyers all know that the laws prohibiting hemp´s use are corrupt, but they like filling their pockets and will do nothing to change it.
I approached this issue in the proper way right from the beginning, I hid nothing from the system or the public. Instead of investigating what I was saying about the healing power of this oil, the system persecuted me for supplying it. I guess they thought if they came down hard enough on me that I would just go away. This would allow them to continue with this insanity and of course, the bought and paid for media did nothing to bring the real truth to the public.
What people seem to miss is the fact that we are being controlled by these monsters with lies and deception.
When the legal system refused to allow the patients to testify during my court case, that said it all. When you have people that used the oil to cure their terminal cancer ready to testify and their testimony is not allowed, that should tell you something about our system, I truly feel sorry for the Canadian people but I have done all I can possibly do.
It is now up to the people themselves to finish the work I have started. All the public has to do is stand up for their rights and all this will come to an end. If they do not, the evil that is running our country will win and we will continue to suffer and die needlessly.
If I were in the public´s shoes, I would not hold my breath waiting for the Canadian system to get anything right.
Stand up and tell them you've had enough and if they refuse to act, they will face the consequences.
I really don’t think the public will be in a very good mood when they learn the truth about what the so-called system has been doing to them. If anyone with the Canadian government has a brain in their heads, they will do something rational about this situation. If they refuse to act, then they are the ones putting themselves in harm´s way.
P.S. I would be happy to speak to the media via telephone or Skype etc. You can reach me afternoons and evenings Central European time.
By Alice Klein | Photo: Kevin Konnyu
AN HISTORICAL TIMELINE - TORTURE FILE
“If you know your
history, then you would know where you’re coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me, who in the
hell do I think I am.”
– Bob Marley
Prof. Michael Byers (Canada Research Chair in Global Politics & International Law, University of British Columbia) and Prof. William A. Schaba (Irish Centre for Human Rights) sent a letter to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The letter, asks the Prosecutor to investigate whether Canada's two most senior military officials committed war crimes by allowing unlawful transfers to take place, and by not stopping them when credible reports of torture surfaced.
"Canadian Soldiers Complicit in Rape of Afghan Children" is published by peaceculture.org, calling for the ICC to probe allegations that some Canadian officers serving in Afghanistan told subordinates to 'look the other way' when Afghan soldiers and local interpreters sodomized young boys...
"It's common knowledge that young boys are used in this way in Afghanistan," said Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch. "It's the great dichotomy of Afghanistan. Homosexuality is treated as a cardinal sin, but it's still common for men to have sex with boys." Moreover, Adams said he wasn't surprised that some Canadian soldiers say they were told to 'ignore' cases of abuse. "I think (Western soldiers) look the other way about a number of things, like opium production and warlordism. They are looking the other way on almost everything."
"I think it's safe to say that they had other worries, like how they were staying alive," said retired Canadian major-general Lewis MacKenzie.
The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, announced that the ICC had received "allegations from many different sources", and that he has launched a preliminary examination. If he finds grounds, a full investigation into war crimes committed by NATO soldiers and insurgents in Afghanistan would be required. Law experts say there is a very real chance Canadian officials could be charged with war crimes. (The Spin)
Richard Covin testifies to a Special Committee of Parliament in respect of obstruction, intimidation and contempt on the part of Harper's government, and confirms the commission of widespread war crimes by parties within the government, including the armed forces.
"Clearly the reality is there is no credible evidence, none, zero, to suggest that a Taliban prisoner transferred from Canadian Forces was ever abused."
- Peter MacKay (Question Period, Nov. 19, 2009).
"Not a single Taliban soldier turned over by Canadian forces can be proved to have been abused. That is the crux* of the issue."
- Peter MacKay *"Crux simplex", a simple wooden torture stake, according to the classic Greek word "stavros" ("σταυρός"), by Justus Lipsius (1547-1606), De Cruce Libri Tres, Adwerp, 1629, p. 19.
The Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan presents its THIRD REPORT. (That the Committee believes a serious breach of privilege has occurred and members’ rights have been violated, that the Government of Canada, particularly the Department of Justice and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, have intimidated a witness of this Committee, and obstructed and interfered with the Committee's work and with the papers requested by the Committee - therefore the Committee reported the breach to the House for consideration).
Harper's Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk finally, and for the first time, reveals to reporters that such torture had, in fact, occurred in Afghanistan. (Harper's ministers say they were aware of neither Natynczyk's torture reports, nor indeed any of the widespread reports that Afghan authorities were abusing detainees). (The Spin)
Liberals / NDP / BLOQ MPs pass a motion (votes: 145-143) in the House Commons that orders Harper's minority government to release thousands of pages of unedited documents in order that Parliament can examine whether Afghan prisoners detained by Canadian forces were subject to torture when handed over to local authorities, and what the government knew about the issue. (The Spin)
Embassymag.ca publishes "Could Canadians be charged with war crimes?"
Harper's PR officials announce to Canadians that he has shut Parliament down until March by issuing the following angry "ALERT":
From: Alerte-Info-Alert <Alerte-Info-Alert@pmo-cpm.gc.ca> | To: Alerte-Info-Alert <Alerte-Info-Alert@pmo-cpm.gc.ca> | Sent: Wed Dec 30 13:25:11 2009 |
Subject: New Throne Speech / Nouveau discours du Trأ´ne | Today, the Prime Minister announced that the next phase of our Economic Action Plan will be launched, following the Olympic Games, with a Throne Speech on March 3 and a Budget on March 4. | This is the 105th time in Canada's history that a new Throne Speech will launch a new session of an existing Parliament. | The economy remains Canadians' top priority and our top priority. The three economic themes of the new session will be: (1) completing implementation of the Economic Action Plan, (2) returning the federal budget to balance once the economy has recovered and (3) building the economy of the future. | Ms Hoeppner's bill to repeal the long-gun registry will be unaffected by the launch of a new session. We will reintroduce in their original form the consumer safety law (Bill C-6) and the anti-drug-crime law (Bill C-15) that the Ignatieff Liberals gutted. | We will seek Opposition agreement to proceed expeditiously with other Government legislation -- particularly laws urgently needed to fight crime -- that the Ignatieff Liberals have blocked and obstructed.
Harper tells the CBC that torture is not on Canadians' "radar". (The Spin)
OURCANADA.TK website is launched (The Spin)
Our Canada - "Killing in the Name Of"
Feat. RATM Harper, MacKay et al.
v. Richard Colvin & Canadian Heros
Our Canada is "Against Torture"
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torture of prisoners handed over by Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. ...
CBC News - Politics - Hillier didn't hear detainee torture ...
Former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier says he's never heard suggestions that
Canada may have been complicit in the torture of detainees in Afghanistan. ...
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... Colvin testimony on torture 'ludicrous': Hillier. Last Updated ... Gauthier also
denied he had heard any allegation of torture in 2006. "To be ...
CBC News - Canada - Muddying the waters over torture
... The Colvin allegations. Brian Stewart. Muddying the waters over torture. ... Torture
in a far off, turbulent land such as Afghanistan seems grimly foreign to us. ...
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... Torture claims inquiry report to be submitted on Monday. Last Updated: Monday,
October 20, 2008 | 7:44 AM ET. CBC News. A report from ...
"The allegations were based on Taliban propaganda and baseless reports."
"The Former deputy head of the Canadian embassy in Afghanistan's testimony, is not to be believed."
Who's telling us about torture?
Washington Post investigators report that, during the past twenty
years, the US has spent millions of dollars producing fanatical
schoolbooks, which were then distributed in Afghanistan.
"The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then [i.e., since the violent destruction of the Afghan secular government in the early 1990s] as the Afghan school system's core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books..." [from: http://www.globalissues.org/article/431/bush--the-media-cover-up-the-jihad-schoolbook-scandal]
Taliban meeting at White House w/ Reagen c.1983
Back to Work Jan. 23 Rallies
Canada: A People's History
First Nations of Canada Welcome Harper to Copenhagen, DK | 2009
The Truth About War
The Story of Stuff
Response from the International Criminal Court Re: Canadian War Crimes Investigation
Today, I received the following reply to my e-mail correspondence from the Prosecutor’s office at the ICC (sent via airmail post):
Our reference: OTP-CR-15/10
The Hague, 18 January 2010
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your documents/letter.
This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
As soon as a decision is reached, we will inform you, in writing, and provide you with reasons for this decision.
Head of Information & Evidence Unit
Office of the Prosecutor
I have yet to receive any reply from within Canada (i.e. my correspondence to MPs appears to have been utterly ignored).
It is now clear to me that the ICC is taking this matter very seriously, whether Canadian MPs wish to, or not.
I encourage all Canadians who have not already done so, to write to Mr. Ocampo’s office in respect of this matter in order that attention is paid to the PMO’s attempts to stifle / delay / obstruct / the Canadian inquiry into these matters. By writing to the ICC, I have done my part in drawing attention to these shameful allegations that the regime appears to be running from.
Harper and his cohorts may be able to manipulate matters inside of Canada, however the ICC will come to its own conclusions, and Harper will have to deal with justice one way or another – just as all implicated in war crimes ought to.
JAN. 23 2010
January 23rd, 2010 - Victoria Park - London, Ontario, Canada 12 - 2 p.m.
Peaceful Anti-Harper Demonstration Disrupted by Abusive Goons (Run off by Protesters)
O U R C A N A D A
London Protest Rage Tribute
January 21, 2010
But the prime minister didn’t even get to see their banners and
placards as he was whisked
into a back entrance of the Holiday Inn enroute to delivering a $10 million cheque
as the federal government’s contribution to a new regional civic centre.
January 20, 2010
A time of reckoning has now come,
and as Canadians take to the streets in protest, our police state will
continue to govern with impunity. Few MPs can be found at their
offices, and those who are found are stating the same thing in a united
Hey hey - ho ho
the status quo has got to GO.
Jan. 20, 2010 (2 pm - 4 pm)
@ 67 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
Security was tight.
(Harpo snuck in a side-door to the building avoiding the protest).
MAN IN BLACK
Feat. Johnny Cash
We Stand On Guard For Thee...
Since he began his tenure as minority Prime Minister, Harper has abandoned his goal of a transparent and accountable Parliament.
The current revolt over his move to prorogue the release of documents concerning the torture of Afghan detainees by neutralizing parliament with a phone call to Rideau Hall is only yet another illustration of a government that has taken the practices of secrecy, dishonesty, contempt, and power consolidation to frightening extremes.
While Harper and members of his caucus may think that calling for a war crimes investigation is treasonous or somehow undemocratic, it is now plain and obvious that most Canadians now disagree. It seems in fact, most Canadians think that the opposite is true, and indeed increasing numbers now see Mr. Harper as arrogant, controlling, secretive, reclusive, cowardly, undemocratic or 'out of touch'. There also growing numbers of us who now see Harper as having effectively hijacked democracy, and as a fugitive of the highest law of the land - Parliament. We see his acts as unlawful and feel as though our rights to answers are being held hostage by these few who appear to be hiding behind our brave men and woman, utterly perverting our democracy's tradition.
This move has sickened and outraged hundreds of thousands of hard-working Canadians. Our site was created as a reminder of what our country is about. As movements to take our country back swell from coast to coast to coast, we are asking Canadians to remember what got us to this point. This site serves as a testament to the true history and values so many of share, the challenges we face, and our vision for the future. We believe that by coming together and sharing what we have in common, we can break down the barriers that confine and divide us.
For us, this dark hour has become a time of reflection, hope and change. As hundreds of thousands protest and rally against the status quo, we can look forward to change in a new era of understanding. Thanks for visiting.
Our place in the world.
The status quo is unacceptable because the majority of people are distressed.
All Canadians are now the laughing stock of the world.
The collective disgrace brought upon by a few have caused great destruction and shame upon great numbers of decent, hard-working people. This is not a laughing matter. Nobody's child should see our Nation slandered to such ridicule.
REPORT OF "SERIOUS" BREACHES TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
Hope lives. Strength endures.
Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board (FCWB) is a coalition of farmers and other Canadians who support a democratic, farmer-controlled CWB. FCWB has launched a court challenge to the federal government’s moves to terminate farmers’ single-desk selling advantage for barley. Our court challenge asserts that the government’s Order-in-Council has three strikes against it: it is unlawful, it is undemocratic, and the dual-market concept it advances is unsustainable. (Please see our June 11 News Release or our court documents for more information about our legal challenge.)
FARMERS TO SUE HARPER GOVERNMENT OVER ALLEGED ILLEGAL CHANGES TO CWB DIRECTOR ELECTIONS | September 10 , 2008
A group of farmers will take the Harper government to court, on the
grounds that a change the federal government has made to the CWB
director elections is illegal.
“The courts have already proven this government has used illegal tactics -- not once but twice -- to try to force its policy on farmers,” said Bill Woods, a farmer from Eston, SK, referencing the federal government’s failed attempts to remove barley from the CWB mandate and to gag the CWB to prevent it from telling farmers how it works. “We believe the government is again acting illegally, this time gerrymandering with the CWB director elections to favour anti-CWB candidates and their supporters.”
Canadian Youth Tell PM Harper Stop Tarring Our Image
Rich Man - Poor Man : A Canadian Protest Tribute
"Absolutely mind-boggling, how a government can argue that it makes us safe to remove the rule of law. Because if you think it through, the rule of law is there to protect us from the state. And yet the state is passing legislation which seems more geared to protect the state against us than from us against safety concerns."
A 10 Minute History Lesson Every Canadian Should See:
it's not even on our radar that the government might be trying to pass
legislation that violates our rights, that takes our rights away, that
moves away from the rule of law - and we can not sit still and allow
that to happen."
Steven Buckley - Constitutional lawyer and president of the NHPPA
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The notion that Harper is somehow immune or above-the-law, merely because he thinks that he is, is 'silly'.
'Silly', it seems to me, is the notion that Harper is somehow immune or above-the-law merely because he thinks that he is. (We are in the midst of compiling a list of Canadians who have been forced to take this depraved regime to court in order to compel governance pursuant to respected tradition and the rule of law). See: http://ourcanada.tk/archives to learn more.
"Silly", it seems to me, is also the notion that 'intimidating a witness', 'contempt', and 'obstruction' of Canada's ultimate and supreme authority (that of our Parliament), is somehow 'spinnable' into acts that Canadians swallow like poisonous pills prescribed for them by foreign 'spin doctors' such as Ari Fleisher and David Frum. See more information on MPs' complacent 'hands off' approach to public health emergencies at [http://not4me.tk].
"...Harper's office in Ottawa 'scripted and fed' the precise wording NATO officials in Kabul used to repudiate allegations of abuse at a time when it was privately and generally acknowledged in our office that the chances of good treatment at the hands of Afghan security forces were almost zero."
"It was highly unusual. I was told this was the titanic issue for Prime Minister Harper and that every single statement that went out needed to be cleared by him personally,..." [From: PMO issued instructions on denying abuse in '07 : Former NATO official says response to reports was 'scripted' in Ottawa].
A time of reckoning has now come, and as Canadians take to the streets in protest, our police state will continue to govern with impunity. Few MPs can be found at their offices, and those who are found are stating the same thing in a united voice: Hey hey, ho ho - the status quo has got to GO.
That, it seems to me, is not so silly.
January 22, 2010
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