May 25, 2015

RCMP scraps Project Condor to focus on anti-terrorism

Rebel Staff

According to an investigation by La Presse, the RCMP has scrapped Project Condor, the special unit that hunted fugitive criminals.

La Presse says the decision to abolish the program -- which targeted criminals who'd failed to return to a halfway house, for instance -- was the result of a shift in priorities. The RCMP has decided to devote these resources to fighting terrorism instead.

Over the course of eight years, Project Condor tracked down "about 650 criminals on the run: murderers, bank robbers, sex offenders, sometimes even hardened bandits had started to commit crimes once they had managed to escape the vigilance of the authorities."

The fate of Project Condor lines up with remarks made by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson last fall, that hundreds of investigators would be moved to the Mounties' anti-terrorist units following threats from ISIS and attacks against Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil.

Testifying back in March, he acknowledged that the RCMP had to make an "unprecedented realignment of [its] resources to respond to this threat."

(Photo: RCMP Quebec Flickr)


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commented 2015-05-26 11:01:25 -0400
Nathan – good idea. Do it. But be ready to self defend. Some pepper spray maybe. Be careful.
commented 2015-05-26 00:19:34 -0400
I live in Edmonton, and I noticed a guy at the beach the other day very obviously video taping a Jewish family with his cell phone. Except to be a nuisance I don’t get why he would be doing this. Maybe to see if he could tape them doing something unsavoury that he could post online? Just to be demoralizing? I didn’t think of it at the time, but if I ever see something like that again I’ll start taping him with my cell phone and following him around. See if he takes it with half the dignity the Jewish family did. Doubtful.
commented 2015-05-26 00:03:56 -0400
Prince Knight – I first became aware of it when I lived in downtown Hamilton and worked as a public health outreach worker with the homeless, including homeless youth. Our team included a needle exchange program and that introduced me not only to street criminals but also to city councillors, police and Crown Attorneys that were invested in the whole stinking mess.

I didn’t last that long though because I actually tried to help people which was not what I was supposed to do. I pissed off some powerful agents that make their money from funds intended to help street people but that really work to oppress them. You know, there is no business if there are no clients. So after I was quite literally driven out of Hamilton, I ran afoul of the same element that kept trying to shut me up in St. Catharines, Chatham, and Kawartha Lakes.

I live in KL now. I kept moving for a while, thinking the problem was local or golden horseshoe. But when I realized it was everywhere – one RCMP said it wouldn’t matter where I moved anywhere in the world, they’d still find me – I dug my heels in and fought it.

Now we have an uneasy truce. Every time I open my mouth – like in March, I spoke to the Ontario Legislature about it – I get harassed, assaulted, death threatened, but at least the active police harassment and efforts by the Crown to criminalize me have stopped. For good, I hope.
commented 2015-05-25 23:49:03 -0400
Ron Zager – I first heard of it in 2005 in a 1010 am radio interview of terrorism expert, David Harris, by talk show host, Ted Woloshyn. Harris specifically addressed the role of Canadian street gangs in recruiting terrorists to fight overseas.

I think most people see a teenaged kid hanging around watching with a cell and think s/he is just some nice high school kid but some are homeless children members of street gangs paid to work for crime interests, including terrorist organizations. The time of day you notice the street gangs most is between 2:30 am and 4:30 am when most of us are asleep and they are out working.
commented 2015-05-25 22:49:44 -0400
Just where do you live, Joan, that you daily see these things? I’m a biker, I ride with a group that could be loosely called a gang (if you stretched the definition far enough), I have personal patches/colors… but even though there’s a Hell’s Angels chapter where I live, they and I don’t mix. Where do you live where your descriptions of street life are so prevalent? Inner-city Toronto or Vancouver?
commented 2015-05-25 20:01:50 -0400
Joan you said :-“including street gang youths we all see every day hanging around the corner store with their cell phones watching and reporting on us all”. Is this a southern Ontario thing? Is it happening in most Canadian cities? That sort of thing happens in the US for sure.
commented 2015-05-25 18:35:55 -0400
From what I’ve seen, terrorists and criminals are not discrete groups. IS and other terrorist organizations as well as traditional mob and biker gangs all traffick in drugs/arms/stolen goods (including oil) and humans. They all aim to control society and the economy. They all intimidate communities to control local political narratives. They all use terror to enforce power.

And they all work together for their shared end – profit and power.

So, maybe this reconfiguration of resources has less to do with changing the target population than it has to do with contextualing it differently. In keeping with CSIS’s new powers, maybe this new unit will work closely with international partners that recognize the primary global crime actors are no longer mob-bikers but well-connected, powerful and wealthy terrorist organizations that have embedded in Canadian infrastructure many and diverse community cells that partner and do business with mob-biker gangs, including street gang youths we all see every day hanging around the corner store with their cell phones watching and reporting on us all.

If this new anti-terrorist RCMP unit actually enforces the law on behalf of the Conservative government, well … okay. But who do the rank and file really take direction from?
commented 2015-05-25 13:48:21 -0400
Both Jasons granted the RCMP is not the BSAP and I would not trust them for a minute but who else do we have domestically to infiltrate REAL terrorist organizations? We have been told some terrorist plots have been nipped in the bud. Perhaps CSIS has that mandate and have done that for us. Hopefully the RCMP won’t be used to remove more of our freedoms as per your concerns. Getting back to Emily’s report I agree with Ivan that this is not good news except to the criminals.
commented 2015-05-25 13:35:58 -0400
Dennis said: “Maybe a better job could be done of locking up the criminals and keeping them there so there aren’t as many fugitives.” In order for that to work, we would have to get past all the Lieberal Appointed Judges in the courts system. It didn’t work very well with Khadr.
commented 2015-05-25 13:32:44 -0400
Wait a minute. Did they not just get told extra funding was coming from the Feds for anti-terrorism activities?
commented 2015-05-25 13:32:31 -0400
That’s my fear Jason. The main reason I oppose bill C51. I don’t trust the RCMP or CSIS for that matter. And now they have more power.
commented 2015-05-25 12:41:41 -0400
Well Ron, the RCMP has a “limited” budget for these special groups, and “limited” manpower. So they chose one over the other, IMHO.

A good question, Jason. A question that reeks of more truth than anything the RCMP has pumped out in the last 20 years. The big tactic that they’ve used in the past for their political agendas, is to placate the masses, then attend to their masters bidding. I sense it happening again. I also can also see, just based on how the proverbial wind is blowing, that we are going to start seeing a lot of freedom fighters on the right get branded terrorists, and then silenced. The left has found a new weapon in anti-terrorism.
commented 2015-05-25 12:30:48 -0400
How do we know the RCMP won’t set their sites on “right wing reactionary groups” instead of real terrorists. A RCMP that has cops convicted with lying about their testimony over the tasing death in Vancouver, and were eager gun grabbers in high river, I frankly do not trust.
commented 2015-05-25 12:08:04 -0400
Why can’t they do both?
commented 2015-05-25 12:07:12 -0400
This is unfortunate news. Personally, I would have thought that fugitives presented a more tangible threat to Canada than terrorists. Perhaps I just don’t have all the details.
commented 2015-05-25 11:42:28 -0400
As long as the resourses are not resigned to fight global climate change I am OK with it but disappointied we cant fight terrorism and the hunt for purgative criminals.Maybe a better job could be done of locking up the criminals and keeping them there so there aren’t as many fugitives.