The 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill in Ottawa were shootings that took place on October 22, 2014 when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (born Michael Joseph Hall) fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian soldier on ceremonial guard duty at the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada and the nearby Centre Block Parliament building where members of the Parliament of Canada were attending caucuses.
There is an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) into the murder of Cpl. Cirillo and The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the security response to the attack.
Multiple media agencies are begining to give a full understanding of the days leading up to actions of Bibeau, where he was and what he was doing before he carried out the attacks. One small piece of info seems to stick out.
CBC News has learned Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man who attacked Parliament Hill and killed a reservist on Wednesday, drove around for almost 24 hours with a piece of junk mail taped in the rear window of his car in place of a real temporary licence plate. http://cbc.sh/4mPuf0S
One question that needs to be answered is: How did a man driving a car with no license plate manage to drive up to the Parliament undetected ?? There is plate scanners in almost every major Canadian city. Try driving to get a bag of milk in your town without a license plate, see how far you get before being stopped. Let alone the nation’s capital. This seems like utter incompetence by the police.
One tiny bit of news that can be shared is that – Zahef-Bibeau bought the car in Ottawa and was unable to get it plated due to lack of proper ID, so he drove to Montreal to visit a relative then drove back to Ottawa – approximately 2 hours each way depending on where in Montreal area he went.
This only raises further questions.
Let’s focus directly on the use of these ALPR (Automated License Plate Recognition) cameras. The OPP and many municipal police services have had them since after 9/11 in almost every major city. I live in Sudbury and they have them here. It’s a camera that has plate recognition software, it that takes a picture of your plate and then scans it in conjunction with a large database of plate numbers, and gives a notification or alert if something doesn’t jive with the records. The majority of police communications centers have them.
I became aware of the extent of the use of these devices during the Tim Bosma murder story, the southern Ontario man, who went missing and later found dead, after he posted a kijiji ad about a truck for sale. That’s how the OPP tracked the vehicle in that case. They (local police and OPP) can see what vehicles have been in which areas over a certain amount of time. When you sign for your vehicle registration you agree to this. It’s nothing exotic or unconventional. It’s simple police Intel.
… the system will make it easier to identify expired validation tags, especially at night. And [it] can also serve as an investigative tool, allowing police, for example, to scan certain areas in search of a stolen vehicle or amber alert situation”
We can verify that cities between Niagara Falls, all the way to North Bay have use of these devices. Whether mounted on police cars, or simply mounted to a pole at a busy intersection. It is no secret that the authorities use these devices. Some people will argue that the use of these devices is only restricted to man operated police cruisers, and the notion of them being on street corners mounted to poles – is an American ‘police state’ inspired myth. However, research shows that this is simply not the case.
‘Special cameras are mounted on police vehicles or on poles in certain areas of town that have the ability to scan about 3,000 licence plates per hour.’
Fact is, they (Local Authorities, OPP & RCMP) had them for YEARS. Next time your’e at a major intersection in your area. Look up. It’s not just a camera, it is equipped with plate recognition technology that is used in conjunction with the scanning data base – all automatically, and gathers data and alerts police of at risk drivers, people with prior chargers, people on bail, house arrest, ect, ect.
It’s NOT new, and ALL major local police. Including Ottawa Regional, Including the OPP, including the RCMP – have them. They exist from Niagara Falls to Northbay to Ottawa and London. All over the province, not “just on the 407″ as some will argue.
“While ALPR (Automated License Plate Recognition) systems generally do not film vehicle occupants — their focus is on the licence plates of vehicles — associated cameras could be configured to capture images of all drivers and passengers, as well as vehicle licence plates. ALPR systems — whether they are focused on licence plates or enhanced to create a more detailed record of a vehicle and its occupants — MAY BE DEPLOYED OPENLY FROM A STATIONARY PLATFORM SUCH AS A POLE, or mounted on a vehicle such as a marked police cruiser. Nonetheless, in many circumstances, they may operate in an opaque manner that may go unnoticed by much of the effected public.”
Information And Privacy Commissioner, Ontario Canada – June 2013http://www.ipc.on.ca/images/Resources/pbd-surveillance.pdf
There is multiple cases over the past few years where they have traced the location of a vehicle using the pole cameras. The Tim Bosma murder, the Loretta Saunders murder, ect.
“The system is capable of scanning for specific licence plates during an amber alert when a child is missing and there is a suspect vehicle description.”
New Licence Plate Scanning Technology
In an ongoing debate, to finally silence the deniers. I took the time to locate two plate scanners in my city using Google Earth.
I hope this gives a better idea of how widely used this technology is. This is the Greater City Of Sudbury 400kms away from the 407. Plate scanners in full use.
Anyone can figure it out for themselves, if you disagree – go for a ride around your town with no license plate on your car and see how fast you get pulled over. But yet in the Nation’s Capital we have this man driving around for a reported 24hrs between Ottawa and Montreal without being stopped once. We know there is plate scanners all over every major city in Canada. Even in smaller cities at main intersection. We know these scanners help aid the police in their communications centers as to the whereabouts of certain individuals with prior chargers or travel restrictions such as someone on probation, or conditions of release.
So the fact that this guy was able to drive around for so long in the nations capital, when police and intelligence were already on high alert. Is just incomprehensible. This all begs the question – How was this drug addicted, homeless man, with a known criminal record able to evade intelligence agencies and police and able to carry out such a monumental attack on the capital ?? Incompetence ?? Complacency ??
If you feel that this was that of incompetence or complacency, you are not alone.
Oct 23rd, 2014
Ron Atkey is a law professor at Osgoode Hall at York University where he teaches national security law. He was also the first chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee – an independent agency of the government that oversees CSIS.
Ron Atkey: “I always think of terms of trying to prevent something before it happens, through good security intelligence and the question that raised in my mind. Is our security agencies working in cooperation with the police, had information about these individuals – why didn’t they prevent it ?? How did CSIS miss them ?? they are supposed to be the people who have all the information, about people on watch lists. And taking into account certain things that can be passed onto the police to prevent from it occurring. Prevention is always better than after the event.”
Anna Maria Termonti: “Now the legislation that the government had been poised to bring in yesterday, or to uh atleast introduce yesterday – would have done some of that, would it not have ??”
Ron Atkey: “Yes, its very ironic, they wanna bring in the powers that are necessary. The very acts, they are trying to prevent, occur.”
Said it before, and we’ll say it again, the writing is on the wall folks. God bless.