An alleged terror attack three years ago has turned out to be a pure fabrication of the Canadian police force in the province of British Columbia. On Friday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge overturned a couple’s terrorism conviction last year in connection with the so-called Canada Day bomb plot according to National Post. On July 1, 2013, improvised bombs made ingeniously from pressure cookers and loaded with nails, washers, and bolts were supposed to go off outside the B.C. Legislature.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the bombs were catapulted to harm thousands of people gathered at the legislature grounds to celebrate Canada Day in Victoria, B.C.’s capital. As it turns out, however, 240 Mounties had conspired to entrap the accused couple through the machinations of an undercover police officer.
Allowing the convictions to stand would tarnish the administration of justice, said B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce. National Post quoted Justice Bruce as follows.
“This was a clear case of police manufactured crime…The defendants were the foot soldiers while the undercover officer was the leader of the group….the role police played is even more offensive because they violated the criminal code.”
“The world has enough terrorists, we do not need the police to create more,” adds Justice Bruce. With her ruling, the judge has declared Amanda Korody and her common-law partner John Stewart Nuttall free from any wrongdoing.
“They were marginalized people with no skill, their role in carrying out the plan was minuscule,” the judge also said.
According to the Inquisitr and BBC News, Korody and Nuttall were charged in July 2013 with conspiring to place an explosive in a public place with the intent of causing death or serious injury, possessing a device to cause an explosion, and knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity. Of course, these charges are now null and void.
However, the court case will forever tarnish the image of the Canadian police force which appears to have contrived an elaborate scheme of setting a B.C. couple for a fall. Korody and Nuttall were former residents of Surrey, a Vancouver suburb.
Back in July 2013, when the couple was charged then arrested, two ranking police officials took turns explaining to the public just how evil the alleged terrorist scheme was, according to CTV News.
At that time, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout was quoted to have said that “This self-radicalized behavior was intended to create maximum impact and harm to Canadian citizens at the B.C. legislature on a national holiday.”
Commissioner Rideout would even add that “They took steps to educate themselves and produce explosive devices designed to cause injury and death.”
On the other hand, RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia explained that there was no evidence to suggest that the couple had any connection with any international terrorist link, even though Korody and Nuttall seemed to have been inspired by al Qaeda ideology.
RCMP records also show that the police have been investigating the couple as early as February 2013 while pursuing an operation dubbed Project Souvenir, based on information from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).
“We detected the threat early and disrupted it, ” Commissioner Malizia proudly said.
Further, according to CTV News, B.C. Prime Minister Christy Clark was alerted about the alleged terrorist threat on Canada Day. Clark thanked the authorities for their preemptive strike against the identified threat.
Unfortunately, despite the team effort between the RCMP and CSIS, no one managed to sound the alarm bell on the operation’s questionable intelligence gathering which led to the wrong conclusion. Had both agencies recognized the pitfalls of their actions or had there been reliable checks and balances in both camps’ joint efforts, the outcome would have been different from the “manufactured crime” that Judge Bruce has called out the RCMP on.
As it stands right now, based on the penned decision of the B.C. Supreme Court, nobody really intended to launch a terrorist attack on Canada Day 2013. And worse, the terrorist attempt was a hoax that the RCMP itself had invented.
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