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, digg.com and reddit.com. 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.