By Tim Groves and Martin Lukacs
Formed after the Conservatives came to power, the RCMP unit’s mandate was to collect and distribute intelligence about situations involving First Nations that have “escalated to civil disobedience and unrest in the form of protest actions.”
The documents, obtained through access to information requests, include an RCMP slideshow presentation from the spring of 2009, which says the intelligence unit reported weekly to approximately 450 recipients in law enforcement, government, and unnamed “industry partners” in the energy and private sector.
A RCMP spokesperson told the Toronto Star the unit was never considered “permanent” and that last year it was “dismantled” at least at headquarters. But the Mounties can’t say if the work is continuing in the field.
Note the nexus of stories we've seen recently. Across the US and Canada, the Occupy movement is standing up for the 99% against the 1%. Similarly, people have protested the Keystone XL pipeline and the alternative Enbridge pipeline supported by big business and the government.
In response, the powers-that-be are doing everything from attacking lawful assemblies with pepper spray and batons to passing a law allowing the indefinite detention of US citizens suspected of "terrorism." Unless Obama vetoes this legislation, expect to see Indians and other protesters in Guantánamo Bay eventually.
For more on the subject, see MPP Compares Caledonia to London Riots and Indigenous Resistance = "Terrorism"?
Below: "The RCMP unit’s mandate was to collect and distribute intelligence about situations that have “escalated to civil disobedience and unrest in the form of protest actions.” (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)