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Friday, September 24, 2004

I feel safer already, don't you?

Here we go. CP: Mounties short of national security know-how after Sept. 11 [2001] attacks. That's after, not before. Well, huzzah for our national police.

An RCMP report tabled at the federal inquiry into the case of Ottawa engineer Maher Arar said the force lacked the expertise to carry out effective security investigations.

I feel safer already. Perhaps they just needed time to refocus their investigative resources after hounding former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for eight years in the Airbus affair, an investigation they finally dropped in April, 2003. Thanks for all the memories!

Perhaps it's time to call for the resignation of Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli, who seems to have been around for most of the time of that Airbus thingee, named to the post of Commissioner by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Sept. 1, 2000, by complete coincidence around the time that Shawinigate thing started to break, if memory serves me right. (But who needs a memory when you have the Internet: CBC: Indepth Shawinigan.)

Gotta love this part from the CP story: "About 25 per cent of the 76-page report, prepared by RCMP Chief Supt. Brian Garvie, was withheld from release." Doesn't say why. National security reasons, I presume. Maybe, security-wise, things are looking up! Sky's the limit, boys, sky's the limit.

Posted by Kevin Steel on September 24, 2004 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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My husband just picked up a copy of Senator Bob Graham's book "Intelligence Matters".

In it - he alledges based on evidence he uncovered when he served as Chair of the Senate Investigation Cmt on Sept 11th that:

Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassan (in San Diego) were Saudi government workers who gave support and assistance to Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhdar (Two of the Sept 11th hijacker/terrorists)

They (the terrorists) actually had been living for a time in the home of Abdussattar Shaikh - who was a paid FBI informant. He was their landlord.

When the Senate Cmt members tried to subpoena Abdussattar Shaikh - the FBI refused to co-operate - even though Shaikh is now in the witness protection program under their care.

The Senate Cmt wouldn't even have discovered this Saudi connection if they had not essentially raided the FBI's offices and dug through files.

Anybody else seen any of this before?

Posted by: MWW | 2004-09-25 7:31:56 AM

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