Ottawa lockdown after Parliament shooting on Oct. 22. Courtesy The Independent

Ottawa lockdown after Parliament shooting on Oct. 22. Courtesy The Independent

In a bygone, saner era, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s murder of Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo and subsequent shooting rampage inside the Parliament would have been treated as a drug-related murder. Not so in the age of terrorism.

Instead, the authorities used the long-time crack addict and Muslim’s actions to whip up hysteria, framing the events of Oct. 22 as excuses for expansion of the security state. Will Prime Minister Stephen Harper lead Canada down the same road the George W. Bush led America?

The center of Ottawa was locked down for several hours until evening, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the Canadian nation it was a terrorist act, “a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.” [ii] Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit told the media that two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attacks. [iii]

First news reports, citing official sources, also said that “Zehaf-Bibeau … has been on the terrorist watch list … and could be an ISIS jihadi.” [iv] A dramatic photo of him, with a long-barreled gun and semi-masked with a scarf, like an outlaw in a Hollywood Western, was also reproduced widely in the media and on the Internet. [v]

The alleged source of the photo, a Twitter account, was used to link Zehaf to another Muslim murderer, Martin Couture-Rouleau, who two days earlier had killed a Canadian soldier and injured another in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. (It was alleged that Couture-Rouleau followed the same Canadian-based pro-ISIS Twitter account.) [vi] CNN reported, from a “U.S. source,” that “Zehaf-Bibeau has ‘connections’ online with jihadists.”[vii]

Zehaf

Zehaf

Conflicting Stories

Within 24 hours, a very different picture emerged, creating conflicting stories about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s prior knowledge of Zehaf-Bibeau that deserve a deeper investigation. The RCMP soon stated for the record that Zehaf, although a Muslim, “was not one of the 90 radicalized Canadians on an RCMP watchlist.” [viii]  According to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, Zehaf had come to Ottawa on Oct. 2 to deal with a stalled passport application:

“When the RCMP were asked to review his passport application, they found no evidence he posed a threat to national security,” Paulson said. [ix] The commissioner claimed that Zehaf wanted to go to Syria. However, a witness who had saw Zehaf in the hostel where he had been staying said the suspect’s travel plans were for Libya (the land of his immigrant father) and not Syria. [x]

Other records suggested that Zehaf’s actions may have been driven more by his psychology than his politics. “Three years earlier, as part of a psychiatric evaluation prior to a trial in Vancouver, Zehaf-Bibeau said “he wants to be in jail as he believes this is the only way he can overcome his addiction to crack cocaine,” according to a psychiatric assessment provided by a Canadian court.” [xi]

Unfounded ISIS Fears

The fears that Zehaf was an ISIS-linked terrorist now seem to have had little foundation. (Police have since alleged that Zehaf-Bibeau made a video of himself beforehand, saying he was motivated by his religious opposition to Canadian foreign policy. But this video has not been released to the public). [xii]

As a Canadian Muslim leader has observed: “Why can’t Muslims have insane individuals? When these actions are done by others, they say he is insane . . . Why, as a Muslim Canadian, do we always say right away it was a terrorist act?” [xiii]

The murder two days earlier of another Canadian soldier by Couture-Rouleau, who allegedly was on the 90-person watchlist, helps explain why terrorism was on the minds of Canadian authorities as well as the public. Another reason was that the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service had been conducting a war game to deal with just such an attack.

According to the CBC on October 23:

Within the last month we know that the CSIS, the RCMP and the National Security Task Force … ran a scenario that’s akin to a war games exercise if you will, where they actually imagined literally an attack in Quebec, followed by an attack in another city, followed by a tip that that ‘hey some foreign fighters are coming back from Syria.’ So they were imagining a worst case scenario. We’re seeing elements of that happening right now. … [Canadian authorities] may talk today in terms of being surprised but we know that this precise scenario has been keeping them up at night for a while. [xiv]

By CanPress.

By CanPress.

Yet Another Coincidental War Game

But the presence of a concurrent counterterrorist exercise, or war game, forces us to think more closely about the shootings in Quebec and Ottawa on October 20 and 22. The coincidence, if it was that, calls to mind others in recent history.

One of the explored dimensions of the 9/11 attacks is the acknowledged existence on that same day of simultaneous war games—including a simulated attack on the National Reconnaissance Office headquarters in Chantilly, VA, “as part of a ‘plane into building’ drill.” [xv]

The London subway bombings five years later were also said to have coincided with a war game with an uncannily similar scenario. [xvi] There is even a disputed allegation that the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013 were in the context of a planned “controlled explosion” (to quote a Boston Globe tweet of that day) “as part of bomb squad activities.”[xvii]

It is certain that there were war games on 9/11: one of them, Vigilant Guardian, is even acknowledged in a footnote of the 9/11 Commission Report (p. 458, note 116). And it is relevant that 9/11 was used by the Bush administration to introduce drastic changes in both foreign policy (the wars against Afghanistan and eventually Iraq) and also homeland security (warrantless surveillance, warrantless detention, and the militarization of domestic law enforcement).

Zehaf’s high school yearbook photo.

Zehaf’s high school yearbook photo.

Time after time, the perception of a terrorist threat is exploited by those in power to consolidate public opinion behind them and to further increase counterterrorist budgets. Stephen Harper promised that same evening that Zehaf’s attack would lead the government to “redouble our efforts and those of our national security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home.” [xviii]

For a decade, and as recently as last August, the North American press has carried numerous accounts of domestic terrorist plots thwarted by the FBI. But in 2012 David Shipler of the New York Times dismissed many such headlines, saying that they in fact reported “dramas . . . facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training.” [xix]

At present there are no grounds to allege that the RCMP or one of its informants provided Zehaf with his weapon or encouraged him to use it. But the Canadian government has admitted it contributed to his derangement by refusing to grant him his passport, a decision about which the Canadian parliament should learn more. [xx]

Canada’s American Path

If Zehaf was too dangerous to be granted a passport, why was he not on a RCMP watchlist or under surveillance? Reuters has since reported that (despite the RCMP’s denial) “A U.S. government source told Reuters that he was regarded as a threat by Canadian authorities.” [xxi]

His freedom from surveillance thus recalls the anomaly that Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy’s alleged assassin, was removed from an FBI watchlist in October 1963, six weeks before the president’s murder, even though Oswald had been arrested in August, and one month later reportedly met a suspected KGB officer in Mexico. [xxii]

For eighteen months before 9/11 NSA and CIA information about two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers (Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi) was systematically withheld from the FBI, preventing their surveillance. [xxiii]

And in the wake of the Boston bombings it was learned that one of the alleged bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, despite months of conspicuous and provocative extremist behavior, had allegedly not come under FBI surveillance. [xxiv] Were all these people left free precisely to allow them to become what I have called “designated culprits”?

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Since 9/11 all of us, but especially Muslims, have come under radically increased surveillance. And both Canada and the United States have moved towards radically intensified and militarized homeland security, creating military commands for the North American continent that work closely together.

A symptom of this intensification was the lockdown in Ottawa that mirrored the lockdown in Boston, where, in the days after the Marathon bombing, thousands of National Guard troops, along with Blackhawk helicopters, helped state and local police keep a million people in their homes—all to help track down the one surviving Tsarnaev brother who had escaped on foot from a hijacked car.

America has succumbed to fits of hysteria in the past—the Palmer raids in 1919, and the era of McCarthyism in the 1950s. Until now Canada has been relatively free from such bouts of hysteria, but Prime Minister Harper, from Canada’s most Americanized city, Calgary, seems determined to change that.

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Endnotes

i http://globalnews.ca/news/1628313/shots-fired-at-war-memorial-in-ottawa-says-witness/. The RCMP also called the episode “a terrorist attack” (“RCMP requests public assistance,” http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/news-nouvelles/2014/10-24-eng.htm).

ii Johnlee Varghese, “Dead Ottawa Shooting Suspect Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was on Terror Watch List,” International Business Times, October 23, 2014., http://www.ibtimes.co.in/isis-jihadi-dead-ottawa-shooting-suspect-michael-zehaf-bibeau-was-terror-watch-list-612083: “There are also reports emerging that Zehaf-Bibeau and Couture-Rouleau were in communication with each other..”

iii Varghese, “Dead Ottawa Shooting Suspect Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was on Terror Watch List,” International Business Times, October 23, 2014., http://www.ibtimes.co.in/isis-jihadi-dead-ottawa-shooting-suspect-michael-zehaf-bibeau-was-terror-watch-list-612083.

iv http://heavy.com/news/2014/10/michael-zehaf-bibeau-ottawa-parliament-shooting-terro-attack/.

v “Michael Zehaf-Bibeau: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know,” Heavy.com,

http://heavy.com/news/2014/10/michael-zehaf-bibeau-ottawa-parliament-shooting-terro-attack/.

vi CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/world/canada-shooter/.

vii Ottawa shooter not on RCMP terror watchlist,” Sun News, October 22, 2014, http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2014/10/20141022-100348.html.

vii Ottawa shooter not on RCMP terror watchlist,” Sun News, October 22, 2014, http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2014/10/20141022-100348.html.

vii CNN video, October 22, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/world/canada-shooter/.

ix Saeed Ahmed and Greg Botelho, “Who is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man behind the deadly Ottawa attack?”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/world/canada-shooter/: “The 2011 assessment continues, “He has been a devoted Muslim for seven years and he believes he must spend time in jail as a sacrifice to pay for his mistakes in the past.”

x Newsweek, November 14, 2014, http://www.newsweek.com/canadian-gunman-michael-zehaf-bibeau-toured-parliament-attack-284475.

xi “How Martin Couture-Rouleau became an aspiring Islamic State fighter,” thestar.com, Ocober 26, 2014,

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/10/26/how_martin_couturerouleau_became_an_aspiring_islamic_state_fighter.html.

xii Adrienne Arsenault on CBC, October 23, 2014; quoted in Joshua Blakeney, “Canadian Authorities Ran War Game Drills Depicting ISIS Attack Scenarios,” Global Research, October 24, 2014, http://www.globalresearch.ca/canadian-authorities-ran-war-game-drills-depicting-isis-attack-scenarios/5409707.

xiii “War Games: Multiple War Games Were Being Conducted on 9/11/01,” 9-11 Research,

http://911research.wtc7.net/planes/defense/wargames.html#ref8; citing

“Agency planned exercise on Sept. 11 built around a plane crashing into a building,” AP, August 21, 2002, http://911research.wtc7.net/cache/planes/defense/sfgate_exercise_082102.html: “In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn’t terrorism — it was to be a simulated accident.

“Officials at the Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissance Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a small corporate jet would crash into one of the four towers at the agency’s headquarters building after experiencing a mechanical failure.”

xiv “The 7/7 London Bombings: How to Set Up a Patsy, What Really Happened,” http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/london_exercise_video.html

xv “Debunked: Natural News – Boston controlled explosion exercise,”

https://www.metabunk.org/threads/debunked-natural-news-boston-controlled-explosion-exercise.1395/. This source reproduces the Boston Globe tweet. What it debunks is a claim that the tweet referred to an actual explosion at the JFK Library not far away. It confirms that the tweet refers to the Boston Public Library on the Marathon route, close to where the Marathon bomb exploded.

xvi  “’Canada will never be intimidated,’ Harper says after shootings in Ottawa,” CTV News, October 22, 2014, http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-will-never-be-intimidated-harper-says-after-shootings-in-ottawa-1.2065443.

xvii David K. Shipler, “Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.” New York Times, April 28, 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots- helped-along-by-the-fbi.html?pagewanted=all.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-the-fbi.html?pagewanted=all. Cf. Trevor Aaronson, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism (Brooklyn, NY: Ig Publishing, 2013).

xviii RCMP commissioner Paulson “said Zehaf-Bibeau had applied for a passport to travel and wanted to go to Syria, but the passport application was delayed, which likely helped motivate the attack” (Reuters, October 23, 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-canada-attacks-profile-idUSKCN0IC2GW20141024).

xix Newsweek, November 14, 2014, http://www.newsweek.com/canadian-gunman-michael-zehaf-bibeau-toured-parliament-attack-284475.

xx Discussion in Peter Dale Scott, The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Litlefield, 2014), 111.

xxi Scott, The American Deep State, 87-88.

xxii Peter Dale Scott, “Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev a Double Agent Recruited by the FBI?” WhoWhatWhy, June 23, 2013, http://whowhatwhy.org/2013/06/23/was-tamerlan-tsarnaev-a-double-agent-recruited-by-the-fbi/.

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daniel wilson
daniel wilson
6 years ago

I researched this event for days. When I say researched I mean in depth everything possible and posted a video on my youtube account and all that. Anyway , I can say with certainty that unfortunately this was yet another drill passed off as a real event. I can only describe it as another psychological operation with the added effect of the much touted police state desensitization. If you look at every single fact of this incident you will see if you look simply with the eyes of a real critic , that it was a staged scene. I implore anyone to understand the simple yet covert nature of what plays out in the public on a daily basis.

david krall
david krall
6 years ago
Reply to  daniel wilson

Bravo Daniel! Bravo! I agree! The more I watched and really listened to
what was being said and NOT being said. Also “style” and nuance of
the flow of data coming out seemed “like de’ja vu all over again”…almost…
I am getting the sneaking suspicion that either the Canadian Pres/PM
and/or members of the Parliament were meant to be initial and primary “targets” and motive and the fallout & ripples would be the inevitable
by-product of “more security”. I did hear on a news outlet that around that time there was debate within sectors of the Canadian gov, about its future role in Syria & Iraq. I do find it intriguing that the security apparatus of the Canadian Gov. basically put the elective / representative sector (or most of it) in isolation and lock-down mode, until it deemed and decided
when the elective sector “safe”. Has anybody else noticed or sensed this?
Regards,
DavidK

david krall
david krall
7 years ago

from: david t. krall
Oh ! Another “3 namer” and a photo, of which the source is still unknown & which just happens to look a lot like the “photo” of LHO on the cover of LIFE Magazine.
I followed this “event” when it happened. 2 questions (among many):
1) what is the true nature and occupation of his mother, as that was handled initially as something of a sensitive matter? 2): are debates so lively and raucous in Canada that the sergeant-in arms carries a loaded gun while the Canadian Parliament is in session? It appears that his carrying a loaded gun was a good thing that day? Or was it? It this standard protocol? Or just a one day “coincidence”?
regards,
David K

ICFubar
ICFubar
6 years ago
Reply to  david krall

The Sgt. at Arms had to recover his locked up sidearm from his office. There were also a good number of RCMP at the H of P. Every story like this needs a hero so the Sgt. is given credit for the kill even though Bibeau died in a hail of gunfire.

I didn’t know there was a controversy with Bibeau’s mother?

American news media broadcast Bibeau’s name before Canadian authorities knew who they were even dealing with. The American media quickly stopped broadcasting Bibbeau’s name until Canadian authorities came up to speed. American authorities must of had the name ahead of the Canadians (better ID work or ?) and the media there must of weaseled it out of them.

david krall
david krall
6 years ago
Reply to  ICFubar

Thanks for the reply. Points noted! But several guards could not stop this one guy? And shooting at and near marble walls. Nobody was hurt? And it took a Sgt. at arms, unexpectedly while sitting in a session of the Canadian Parliament to have go and then secure his loaded gun in his office to stop this nut? This supposed nut who was so close to shooting the Canadian Pres/PM, and /or members of the Canadian Parliament entering and running through the epicenter oi the Canadian Gov. armed and unstopped for a significant amount of time? Something is wrong with this picture. Regarding the mother: her name I could see being withheld, at first, but it was a not so subtle that he position in the Canadian Gov. was being coyly addressed I’d still like have it confirmed as to her position
in the Canadian Gov. Not a controversy, but I sensed a nuanced
and a somewhat reluctant flow of data on her background. This
curiosity was fed by this “quite” & delayed response on this point.
Regards,
David K

ICFubar
ICFubar
6 years ago
Reply to  david krall

And thank you for the info on Bibeau’s mother’s governmental employment position being withheld.

david krall
david krall
6 years ago
Reply to  ICFubar

Could you and everyone else imagine if this “nut” wounded or worse (!) the Canadian PM and/or members of the Parliament. Dallas plus 9/11 all over North America, no doubt. And this guy is dead anyway, after a “conversion”
to a foreign (religious) ideology, after being originally a
“3 namer” to begin with here. And his picture, even voiced &
noticed by Chris Matthews of MSNBC as being of dubious origin and sources. This all sounds so familiar ! The “same old record” just updated for 2014.
Regards,
David K.

david krall
david krall
6 years ago
Reply to  david krall

I’d like to add one more very interesting point for now. It was
reported and confirmed by an acquaintance of his, the shooter, that he visited Libya. The gentleman being interviewed lived for a time in the same shelter as this “nut” & & quoted this “3 namer” as saying he “wanted to go back to Libya”. I have seen it reported that he attempted somewhere
(Canada?) to obtain a visa or some travel documents at a
Libyan Consulate or the Libyan embassy and was declined and turned away for acting suspiciously. Interesting! Shades of LHO & Mexico City? Who and what agenda did this “nut”
and this event really serve?
Regards,
David K

daniel wilson
daniel wilson
6 years ago
Reply to  david krall

If it sounds impossible , it’s because it is. Let’s go through the facts from the start for everyone , shall we? It seems as though this website cannot or will not address some of the simple facts of this event , so I will. There were police vehicles surrounding the parliament hill in an emergency type situation before the event too place. As is often the case in these situations , there were drills going on at the time. Witnesses mostly see a man running away from the scene after perhaps shooting Nathan Cirillo from the back or from in front , it is only known that Cirillo ended up on the ground. Despite the high definition photographic evidence , there appears to be no visible wounds on Mr.Cirillo although apparently having sustained two close ranged rounds from a gun. Margaret Lehre the nurse who happened to come across the scene , described that she wasn’t sure if it a staged event but nonetheless gathered it in herself to help the wounded man. Also , the head of all of Ottawa’s ambulances aided the apparently shot man along with a few other government related individuals. Back to the assailant who was seen running from the crime scene : he managed to make it into a nearby car , drive a little bit up to the government of Canada’s head building , the absolute most symbolically important place in Canada and literally walk through the door which didn’t have the usual guards in place even and run past the prime minister and others in a nearby room and down through the building for an extended period of time while eventually being shot by aforementioned “sergeant at arms” or whatever , who happens to be the head man in charge of the security for the whole country. The movie-type script does not stop by looking in any direction from this center story. The day before , a different incident happened involving another “normal guy turned bad” complete with vehicle accident roll-over into charging at police with a dead wish and subsequent crime scene photo with a knife in the ground. I cannot and would not even dare mock this whole thing because it writes itself. The two perpetrators of these crimes , although admitted to the government to be connected and not connected at the same time (yes, they say both in contradiction) share similar ties in regards to security issues of both wanting to apparently travel to join extremists and both being controlled as far as government involvement is concerned. The government was known to be in contact with them previously to the events , and in fact Michael Zehaf Bibeau (not his original name)’s mother is a high ranking government official. The government’s information given about him has followed the very simple narrative about the “lone wolf” who poses a threat to everyone , yet seemingly doesn’t. He forced arrest upon himself at one point previous to the Ottawa incident and seemingly developed a disgruntled life full of financial woe , and although apparently having trouble travelling by way of the government’s wary of his activities, was not technically even on the “no fly list” , unlike Martin Couture Rouleau , the man who apparently committed vehicular homicide at an army base the day before. These two men’s connection to “ISIS” is fabricated and at least publicly acknowledged to be made at least in part by way of a twitter account which CSIS “informant” Mubin Shaikh seems to know for a fact comes from a legitimate spokesman of the extremists. I could go on but am typing longer than most people would like perhaps. I can be an earful to even my friends I’m sure! This whole thing was (just as the boston psy op) generated from the highest levels of secrecy , for the most lofty and conceited ambitions. It was yet another drill , passed off as a real event , in order to fulfill the hidden ambitions of a group who feels more than comfortable telling a few lies in order to fight what they see as a battle for minds.

ICFubar
ICFubar
7 years ago

The Canadian culture of a capitalist democracy with democratic socialism does not conform to the new world cultural norm and Steven Harper is the front man to bring about the necessary changes. So much of what we see is an orchestrated diversion that all leads to the final agenda of big money. Bibeau’s attack whether an orchestrated event or just a coincidental exquisitely timed political happening simply moves that agenda along. On one level we are to believe that the U.S. Empire and China and her allies are in confrontation but a closer examination of the financial and corporate dealings shows that the world elites in the west and east are in complete cooperation. So, are the various national government entities in charge and creating the future reality? Or are the international controllers of all economic life on this planet, the movers and shakers of what are events that lead to their goals, for which we will all plead; to be delivered from that which was constructed for us by these same elites.

Paschn
Paschn
7 years ago

” Will Prime Minister Stephen Harper lead Canada down the same road the George W. Bush led America?”
Perhaps you should ask the same gang holding title to the U.S., AIPAC.

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