Was the 2014 Ottawa attack state-managed terrorism? An interview with Graeme MacQueen


This is an in-depth interview about the October 22nd, 2014, Ottawa shootings with Graeme MacQueen, who has written a report giving considerable circumstantial evidence for the possibility that the attack was carried out under the ultimate direction of the Canadian security state, with likely American co-operation.

We talk about the attack itself; its links with an attack in Quebec two days previously; the documented record of entrapment of Muslims by law enforcement in North America; problems with the evidence the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have offered to support their account of events, particularly how the attacker, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, obtained the equipment needed for the attack; whether his shooting dead was justified; and about the extremely troubling so-called intelligence warnings in advance of the attack.

I was drawn to the topic in part because of an Irish angle. Kevin Vickers, who was sergeant-at-arms in the Federal House of Commons, where the attack ended, shot dead Zehaf-Bibeau, and was rewarded shortly after with the role of Canadian ambassador to Ireland, which he is to this day. The question why the provincial sergeant-at-arms at the British Columbia Legislature received a warning that week about a possible attack, while Vickers, in the federal parliament, seemingly did not, is only one of many troubling questions about that day.

Graeme MacQueen was born in Nova Scotia. He has a Ph. D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard, and was an academic at McMaster University, where he was founding director of the Centre for Peace Studies. He was previously an editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies, and in 2014 he published The 2001 Anthrax Deception, subtitled The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy. Denis Halliday, who was Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations 1994-1998, said about that study: “This deeply troubling book should be read by thinking Americans, and even more so by the majority that do not.”

In 2015, MacQueen published a short report, The October 22, 2014 Ottawa Shootings: Why Canadians Need a Public Inquiry.

Show notes:

The October 22, 2014 Ottawa Shootings: Why Canadians Need a Public Inquiry: PDF / Amazon CanadaAmazon UK / Amazon US.

RCMP entrapped B.C. terror suspects. CBC News, YouTube, July 29, 2016. Regarding the case of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody.

Ottawa shooter’s chilling video. CBC’s The National, YouTube, March 6, 2015. Zehaf-Bibeau’s martyrdom video released at time of discussion of Anti-terrorism Act.

Independent Investigation into the Death of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Ontario Provincial Police, not dated, published 2015. MacQueen’s primary reference in assessing the justification given for the death of Zehaf-Bibeau.

Security Panel: Attack in Ottawa. CBC’s The National, YouTube, October 22, 2014. Adrienne Arsenault’s comments on security force’s war-gaming a scenario very similar to the two attacks begins at 1.38.

Canadian authorities overheard plans for ‘potential ISIS-inspired knife-and-gun attacks’: NBC. National Post, October 8, 2014. The earliest of the “intelligence warnings” cited by MacQueen. The reference to the possibility of an attack on a shopping mall is of interest, given the reports of shooting at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre later on October 22, which is covered in MacQueen’s report, but went unmentioned in the podcast

Politicians knew about ‘heightened’ Ottawa security concerns ‘for at least a few days’: B.C. legislative clerk. National Post, October 22, 2014. Article includes reference to sergeant-at-arms’ comments on co-operation among with his role in Canadian legislatures.

We need a public inquiry into the 2014 Ottawa shootings. The Hamilton Spectator, October 21, 2016. MacQueen’s article on the second anniversary of the shootings, including “Jessica’s” comment at the end of the piece.


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