Friday, August 24, 2007

The single worst crime that can be committed in a constitutional democracy

I was going to do a long summary of all the evidence pointing to the use of agents provocateurs at Montebello, but the Quebec police beat me to it and partly owned up.  I say ‘partly’, because they still refuse to admit they used agents provocateurs.  They went from denial, to specific denial of the use of agents provocateurs, to specific admission that they did in fact use informants.  Unfortunately, their admission contains a lie, as they claim the police infiltrators were discovered when they refused to throw rocks at the police, a silly claim as the surrounding protestors were old lefties and union leaders, who in fact were alarmed by the fact that one of the fake protestors had a rock.  The barefaced police lie provides the evidence of guilt I referred to yesterday, that the infiltrators had to be agents provocateurs as one of them was so obviously holding a rock near the police.

The police made a big strategic mistake.  They thought they would be able to mingle with the younger crowd, the people they would call ‘anarchists’, lob the rock from this crowd, and provoke the police attack which would lead to young people being maimed or killed by the vicious police attack.  Instead, the old lefties and union leaders were at the head of the crowd.  When the police agents provocateurs made it to the police line, they hesitated, as a police attack would have resulted in a lot of injured older people and union leaders, hardly the stuff of the nightly news.  The police hadn’t counted on the successful counter-strategy of the protestors, to put the people you can’t beat up next to the police!  The hesitation and indecision led directly to the police being uncovered, at which point they fled behind the police lines.

The use of agents provocateurs to provoke a riot is, along with vote fraud, the single worst crime that can be committed in a constitutional democracy.  The police, and the politicians who instruct them, were attempting to deprive Canadians of their constitutional right to protest and to assemble.  They were attempting to do so in such a way as to denigrate the causes that the protestors stood for.  Even worse, through the use of provoked violence, they were attempting to make people afraid to protest anything in the future.  This is the beginnings of a police state.  There should be a specific crime for this sort of thing, extending to anyone in the police or bureaucracy or political world who even knew of an intention to commit these most heinous acts.  We should reserve our strongest criminal penalties, which should include immediate dismissal and forfeiture of all employment rights including pensions, a massive fine, and decades of imprisonment.  These crimes against democracy are worse than murder, and should be treated as such.