by Andy Brooksher
Keean Bexte of Rebel News heard a knock on his door. The folks on the others side? The Royal Mounted. Apparently they had been sent by their bosses in Ottawa to deliver a warning, er, I mean, a message. The message?
In the tweet, Bexte did make a threat, well, a guarantee, really. He guaranteed that he would move up the timetable for getting interviews and publishing sensitive documents. He also called Justin a pothead. Maybe it was the part about the pot that did it. Maybe Justin was mad that people inside his “establishment” were speaking out against his government. Either way, the RCMP showed up, not the local police, not the provincial law enforcers, the RCMP. They work for the federal government. And the prime pothead, er, minister runs the federal government. If this had been a Scorsese flick, there may have been kneecapping.
Fortunately for Bexte, the Mounties (I still picture Dudley Do-right), informed him that he hadn’t broken any law. They just wanted him to know that he should be careful about breaking some laws in the future. Which law? Uh, “the way the security of information act.” (Does that sound right?) If that doesn’t sound like a real thing, the Mountie quickly clarified by saying, “That’s mainly what will deal with this. I’m not an expert on it.” At least, he didn’t over promise.
So what resources for learning about the law are the RCMP trained to suggest? The very next thing the Mountie says is, “You can google it and they’ll give you a summary of what it is.” So, don’t get a lawyer, just use google?
So, I did.
I, like Dudley, am not an expert on it. But unlike Mr. Do-right, I can say with certainty that I have read the Canadian Security of Information Act.
The idea that Bexte would be likely to come across the “secret official code word, password, sketch, plan, model, article, note, document or information” outlined in the act. Especially, information that would threaten national security. The information in the documents that Bexte published (see below) don’t seem to be, in any way, a threat to the security of Canada.
In fact, it looks quite a bit like the government of Canada acted fairly cavalierly in the face of a known outbreak that Canadian Armed Forces were exposed to. If anything, the health security of the whole of Canada was disregarded, and documentably so, by the Canadian Forces Health Services. ‘Go about you lives and go to the doctor if you feel sick’ seem to be the sentiment of the letter.
Now certainly it should be noted that at the time of the letter, January 22, 2020, the virus boogeyman was still a few months away. Therefore, it could be argued that the CFHS did their due diligence. I will concede this point. Sure the outbreak described in the letter happened before the purported ‘wet-market’ outbreak, but that’s probably China’s fault.
Hey, speaking of China, what happens if you read past the early parts of the Security Information Act that discuss confidential documents and the like. If you keep reading, and I would implore the folks at the RCMP to do so, you get to section 16. Then sections 17, 18, and 20. Is bringing Chinese troops onto Canadian soil to give them information on the state of Canadian troops and training “special operational information”? I don’t know. Like I said, I’m not an expert.
Go read it for yourself. I doubt the Mounties who showed up to intimidate Keean Bexte will.