quinta-feira, maio 11, 2006

RCMP - Arrogant? Frightening?

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It was: The public doesn't have the right to know anything.
Now it is, The public doesn't even have the right to ask! Nor their elected representatives!

Click to Enlarge / Click para AumentarNathan Cullen is the NDP (New Democratic Party) Member of (Canadian) Parliament for Skeena/Bulkley Valley, British Columbia. His comments in Gary Mason's column in the Globe this morning should give all Canadians moral indigestion - and any around the world who still sorta look up to us as well.

Nathan Cullen, incidentally, is not a rookie MP - this is his second term in office and he can be expected to know the rules. What astounds me is that RCMP willingness to bully Members of Parliament has not become a bigger issue.

One of his constituents, Ian Bush, 'died in-custody' and he is afraid to ask the RCMP about it too directly for fear that they will make his life miserable. Grant you, miserable by Canadian standards isn't even a blip on the misery radar for most of this planet's inhabitants, but still ... Check it out: Globe: Gary Mason - Dead man's MP fears challenging RCMP.

Here are some previous articles on the subject:
Globe, Tuesday May 9: Gary Mason - B.C. police must answer to public.
Globe, Tuesday May 9: Editorial - Where are the answers about Ian Bush's death?.
Globe, Saturday May 6: Gary Mason - RCMP silence.
Globe, Saturday April 29: Gary Mason - Sudden death.

You can reach Mr. Cullen by e-mail at: Parliament, and/or Constituency Office.

Click to Enlarge / Click para AumentarIan Bush 'died in-custody', was killed by RCMP Constable Paul Koester? was murdered by by RCMP Constable Paul Koester? Mr. Cullen may be afraid to speak to the RCMP but I am not. If I had seen one this morning after I read the latest in my Globe, I would have stopped him and asked him or her, but hey, I guess I don't have as much to lose or something - Liberty? Freedom? Respect?.

I did respectfully ask my own MP, Loyola Hearn, and the Prime Minister, the Minister for Public Safety (why does 'Public Safety' sound like Orwellian newspeak?), the BC agency responsible for watching the RCMP - none of whom has responded yet. When they do I will post the correspondence here.

You can reach the CPC - Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP by e-mail as well: CPC Complaints, and/or CPC General Inquiries.

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