Proof of Big Brother tactics at SPP protest (pics + vid)

It was easy to miss, but here are three examples of Big Brother tactics at the SPP protests this week in Quebec.  One of which is your standard George W. Bush doublethink, the second of which gives some interesting circumstantial evidence of government conspiracy to crack down on protesters (and has become an internet sensation), and the third of which proves the culpability of the government and police but which hasn’t been reported anywhere that I am aware of.

#1. As many of you know, the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico (“The Three Amigos”)  met yesterday and the day before to negotiate a backroom, undemocratic deal to harmonize regulations at the behest of North America’s CEOs.

This summit took place, behind closed doors and meetings were carefully arranged to transpire without public scrutinty.  Afterwards, “The Three Amigos” emerged to the only public scrutiny the meetings would receive: namely George W. Bush reassuring the public that nothing offensive to public morals took place while the public was forbidden from listening in.

So, it was a boring, uneventful series of meetings in which nothing which the public would disapprove of took place, but the public was still nevertheless forbidden from seeing these uneventful meetings?

#2. The following video has recently become an internet sensation because of youtube, and  It shows three very suspicious ‘protestors’ who come to a peaceful protest with stones and rocks in hand seeking to provoke a confrontation.  It shows fairly reasonable circumstantial evidence that they were actually police informants designed to create cause for the police to crack down.  When confronted with the realization that the crowd surrounding them has realized this, they ‘give themselves up’ to the police.

Now, the other part of the story that has been widely reported, is that after these three were handcuffed, a picture was shot which showed that two of the ‘protesters’ had the same boots as a police officer.


Here’s where it gets interesting.

The Toronto Star linked to the youtube video, but their report still suggested that it could have been a coincidence.  They wrote that:

“Late Tuesday, photographs taken by another protester surfaced, showing the trio lying prone on the ground. The photos show the soles of their boots adorned by yellow triangles. A police officer kneeling beside the men has an identical yellow triangle on the sole of his boot.”

Clearly, it takes no time at all to see that the protestors have the same boots as ONE of the police officers.  That hardly qualifies for investigative journalism.  And in and of itself without further investigation, this can still be dismissed as a coincidence by the government or by skeptics.

#3. But the part of the story that hasn’t been reported is also the part of the story which proves that all this circumstantial evidence above is not merely a series of coincidence.  The picture below shows that it’s not a matter of these protestors coincidentally having the same style of boots as one of the police officers, but rather that they have the exact same boots as all of the police officers.


 (Original, hi-rez picture source here — look for yourself)

I made this image when I started to notice something as I was looking over the super-hi rez version of the same image.  If it didn’t take me long to figure this out, no journalist worth his or her salt should have missed it.

Take a look at the way the seam of the leather at the back of everyone’s boots falls in a straight line from the ankle towards the heel.  It doesn’t taper outwards away from or in towards the achilles tendon.  Nor does it curve in any way around the heel and converge towards the achilles tendon.  Rather it runs straight and perpendicular to the sole of the boot.  Notice anything similar between everyone’s boots?

If it wasn’t just one of the officers, then all of the evidence above is not merely circumstantial.  If all of the evidence of police interference in this protest is not circumstantial, then from this everything else, including the media’s complicity in this story, follows.


21 Responses to “Proof of Big Brother tactics at SPP protest (pics + vid)”

  1. 1 SaxBoy 23 August, 2007 at 12:22 am

    #3 is a good point. I think we can all agree now that the police is involved. But what about those provocateurs? Why is the “security issue” card pulled when the police was asked about the three? And how long does the Montebello police think they can get away with such a poor explanation?

  2. 2 Canuck 23 August, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Aren’t they also wearing very similar gloves? Sheer coincidence you counter … well show me the arrest report and I’ll take off my tinfoil hat.

  3. 3 RIGHT ON CANADA 23 August, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Deeply alarmed at the possibility that police officers dressed as demonstrators were trying to incite violence among peaceful protesters in Montebello, Quebec?

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  4. 4 paulitics 23 August, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Canuck – I looked closely at the officers’ gloves and the ‘protesters’ gloves and found that they are in fact different. The hi-rez image demonstrates that the officers have a standard leather glove with three leather stylized seams running down the outside palm of the hand (I used to work for the military, so I know this kind of glove very well as they use it too). However, the hi-rez image also shows that the protesters’ gloves contain a plastic or semi-hard moldings over each knuckle extending down the outside of each finger on the glove.

    You can see this difference clearly by comparing the glove of the officer who is pointing towards the ground and the protester who is dressed in camo and a black shirt.

  5. 5 RPJ 23 August, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Yes it looks like the police are wearing normal leather gloves but the provocateurs are wearing hockey style gloves (no doubt to protect them from some staged baton hits). You can also see the 3 distinctive circles on the soles of everyone’s boots adding to the already convincing evidence that these are “government issue”. The circles are in a line on the centre part of the sole and are small, large, small, in sequence. Kudos to the level headed and responsible protestors for not allowing themselves to be set up like the proverbial Christmas Tree this time since we all know this is not the first time this tactic has ever been used to discredit protestors of all kinds.

  6. 6 RPJ 23 August, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Finally they admit it but say they weren’t trying to provoke anything. Yeah right. Why the protective clothing, masks and rocks???? See this link below.

  7. 7 Doug 24 August, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Let’s all not lose sight of the fact that this is standard operating procedure for the police. This time, they just happened to get caught.

  8. 8 Ken Chapman 26 August, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Thx for this posting Paul…it is impossible to have an effective citizens-centred democracy when police act like this and their political masters like Stockwell Day deceive as they do. Bring John Gomery out of retirment and let him get to the bottom of this!!!

  9. 9 David 19 September, 2007 at 4:21 am


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  10. 10 Cranky 25 November, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    honestly its a really insane argument.

    I’m in the US army, and we specificly not allowed to wear parts of the uniform in civilian dress. in the handful of information army functions where we dress in civies, we don’t wear army boots.

    I don’t understand why if cops where trying to disguise as civilians they’d keep the police boots. it makes no sense. cops have civilian clothes, so why wouldn’t they just go home and get sneakers or something.

    plus, army and police shit, at least in the states is easy and cheap to buy surplus, as a lot of it is comfortable and utilitarian. Plus a lot of protesters like the militant look too.

    • 11 RPJ 27 November, 2009 at 11:11 pm

      You did see that they admitted it finally didn’t you? See my link below my second posting above. The article starts “Quebec provincial police admitted Thursday that three of their officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que.” So there is no dispute that these guys were indeed cops. Sorry to destroy your theory and fondly held beliefs. Some times reality sucks doesn’t it?

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