This is war: Gang Warfare on the streets of Vancouver, Surrey, Montreal and Ottawa
( Thanks to http://bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com/ for this insightful piece.)
Nearly 700 police officers were involved in today’s major raids on gangs who allegedly traffic cocaine in Montreal and Ottawa. 47 people have been arrested so far on various charges, including gangsterism, weapons possession as well as drug-trafficking. It begins to look as if that’s the way to do the job. But the lesson passes unremarked by the leadership of British Columbia.
In Vancouver, where 6 people have been shot in the past 7 days, the premier says he will shift police around, ask Ottawa for better wire-tap laws, and (in his opinion) provide families with a sense of safety. The man is a fool.
Julian Sher, author of two books on Organized Crime in Canada, said in a CBC interview that it’s impossible to have any effect on organized crime without having a serious plan of infiltration. He agrees with Jerry Paradis, a BC provincial court judge for 28 years, who says that putting more police officers on the ground won’t lessen the danger to ordinary citizens, who are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire. “The police will be unaware of when the next explosion will happen. They don’t know about [the shootings] until they happen.” The only method that works is when a brave cop puts his life on the line by taking up with the gangs, running with them, learning their secrets, and never forgetting that he’s a cop there to arrest the gangsters.
So Campbell and his Attorney-General are talking nonsense about putting more cops on the street and about how this can be done by shuffling cops from one unit to another without hiring new ones.
Campbell and Oppal can’t help but know that a drug war has broken out on the streets of Surrey and Vancouver. They can’t be so stupid as to not know what’s really going on. Although that’s exactly what the premier told us when he returned from his Hawaii holiday after the police raid: “I know nothing,” he said. Prime Minister Martin stood up to say the same thing. Fools. They were briefed, as much as 3 weeks before the raid was launched. Do we think they never asked “Why?”
How can they forget that it was a drug trafficking investigation which led police to make that unprecedented raid on the B.C. Legislature? Such a thing had never before happened in Canada. It was about drugs … drugs which, in B.C., add up to to $6Billion a year for marijuana alone … and traded in the U.S. for cocaine which came back into Canada. Traded for guns, too. They knew that. Solicitor-General Rich Coleman told us about the guns himself, saying that some of them ended up in the hands of the insurgents fighting Canadian troops in Afghanistan. How could they fail to see their duty, when the opportunity presented itself to put these issues on trial?
Caught on wire-taps and available as evidence were the cell-phone conversations between Ministry of Finance aide, Dave Basi, and his cousin, Jasmohan Singh Bains who in 2003 was thought to be the new Mr Big on the West Coast. The Bains trial was held in Victoria in June 2008, the guilty verdict was given in August 2008, the 9-year sentence was pronounced in September 2008, but nothing was known of this until December 2008 … why? We’d be fools ourselves to think that the Attorney-General, and therefore the premier, had paid no attention to the Bains trial. So … was Dave Basi a witness at that trial? Probably. But we the people don’t know.
Drug charges were actually laid against Dave Basi as well as Jas Bains after the Legislature Raids. We know this from a little exchange in Supreme Court:
Ms. Winteringham [Crown Prosecutor] said the defence was simply wrong when it stated that the investigation, code named Project Everywhichway, suddenly veered off course to target Mr. Basi … In fact, she said, Mr. Basi emerged as an early person of interest in a drug investigation that was triggered when informants told the RCMP that the arrest, in May, 2002, of U.S. drug dealer Cirilo Lopez had created an opening for a new drug boss on Vancouver Island. “The word on the street was that Jas Bains was going to be the person taking over,” Ms. Winteringham said.
There were 26 calls recorded between the cousins in the summer of 2003.Then, all of a sudden and without explanation, the drug charges against Basi were stayed. Why? Does this make sense? I don’t think so. But it’s a great pity that the police didn’t seize the opportunity to learn more. Instead, over 5 years have passed with an official silence offering, in effect, a protective cover.
Retired judge Paradis put it this way, with regard to the drug wars underway on the streets of Vancouver:
“I’m satisfied in my own mind that although organized crime is involved in other things at the moment, while this particular or several gang wars may be due to other things that I’m not aware of, I have no doubt in my mind that it’s [an] attempt to either get status or maintain status in the drug market and protect turf,” he said.
In my view, the leadership in British Columbia has failed to take action when it could have and should have. The people of this province — even their children — are in danger. Therefore, the BC government is in serious default in its duty to protect the people of this province.
– BC Mary.
But, that’s not all.
A new development in the trial stemming from the BC Legislature raids leads me to this piece by Bill Tieleman …….. a MUST read, if you ask me, because it would make any sane person question the BC Liberals and their style of rule.
Now why would the BC Liberal MLA caucus want to block a freedom of information request on their communications? WHAT could they possibly have to hide?
But, theres hope……. again, thanks to Bill Tieleman, who posted this yesterday on his site :
Internal BC Liberal Party polling results obtained just days ago have created a panic amongst cabinet ministers and MLAs – because the poll shows that the BC Liberals are 9% points behind the New Democratic Party, according to a very reliable source.
My source also told me today that this polling shows that both Prince George cabinet ministers, Forestry Minister Pat Bell in Prince George Northand Education Minister Shirley Bond in Prince George-Mount Robson, would lose their seats if the numbers held up.
Also headed for defeat – Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer, who allegedly trails the NDP in his riding by 18%.
Perhaps most shocking is a riding result showing Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon in a neck and neck race with the NDP in Surrey-Cloverdale.
The BC Liberal polling also indicates its MLAs in the Burnaby-North and Burnaby-Willingdon, John Nuraney and Richard Lee are in serious trouble, along with Kamloops-North Thompson cabinet minister Kevin Krueger and in the riding of Kamloops, where Claude Richmond is retiring.
My source indicates that gang shootings, Olympic costs and the troubled economy outside Metro Vancouver and Victoria are all taking their toll on BC Liberal fortunes. ”
…… read the rest of this post at http://billtieleman.blogspot.com/2009/02/bc-liberals-internal-polling-shows-them.html