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Tilting at windmills with effect

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I have just finished reading an advance copy of Paul Palango’s new book: entitled Dispersing the Fog: Inside the Secret World of Ottawa and the RCMP. 

Palango, who is no stranger to anyone interested in the RCMP and the problems that have befallen this national icon, walks the reader through a series of cases that have dominated the news headlines. From the Mahar Arar debacle through Project Sidewinder and up to the murder of the Mayerthorpe Four, Palango looks carefully at the reasons the RCMP keeps taking it on the chin.

But it is so much more than a look inside the travails of Canada’s national police force.  It is really an examination behind the scenes and the politicization of the RCMP to suit the needs of the real power behind the throne in Canada and he lays bare the systemic corruption that has everything to do with power and money for a small group and little or nothing to do with what is right for the country. 

Palango methodically strips away the layers of obfuscation and lays bare the fabric of lies that ultimately ensures the RCMP can never be what Canada really needs of our national police force.

I have long described the RCMP as 133 years of tradition unhampered by progress and Palango nails it as he takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through some of the biggest headlines of the last decade. 

The book, published by Key Porter Books, will be in bookstores in early November.  If you care about Canada, read this book.  Palango takes the reader inside the corridors of power and shines a light on the cockroaches that inhabit them.

The RCMP have already begun discreet inquiries to try and determine who may have given Palango information used in this book.  And that, in and of itself, illustrates what is wrong with the Force.  They are a fundamentally flawed, dysfunctional organization.  Instead of trying to fix their myriad of issues outlined by Palango, they initiated a witch-hunt to find out who let the cat out of the bag. 

Palango has done a significant service to the country with his work on this book.  He should receive the Order of Canada for his efforts.  Instead, I fear he will be attacked mercilessly for his efforts by those who believe they are entitled to their entitlements.

Wait for it, unfortunately.

Leo Knight

primetimecrime@gmail.com

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Written by Leo Knight

September 29, 2008 at 6:04 am

Posted in Crime & Punishment

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  1. Im hoping that you’ll lend me your copy next time you are in Toronto.

    Cynthia

    September 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm

  2. Hi Leo. I think your comments on Palango’s book are excellent. The truth needs to be told. His last two books say so much and this one will finally put people in touch with the truth of the ‘brass’ of this organization. I hope Palango does get an award. He deserves it. I can’t wait until it hits the shelves. People need to hear the truth at last. It is long overdue.

    Anonymous

    September 30, 2008 at 3:42 am

  3. Well this is the first I have heard of this book and it sounds like a showstopper for sure.

    As a rank and file RCMP member, I completely agree that the truth has to be told and the closet has to be cleaned out (sort to speak).

    However I don’t have any high hopes of any of that being accomplished.

    The sense of entitlement and politics is too deeply ingrained in the officer ranks in Ottawa HQ. That belief then trickles on down to Divisional HQ’s.

    Any furor that the book might raise will be met with s showing of concern and commitment, then promises of action to “get to the bottom of it” and to “fix the system”. This will of course include the obligatory inquiry and follow up recommendations. A number of RCMP carpet cops will be promoted to Inspector or Superintendent to oversee the inquiry. After the furor has died down and forgotten, it will all be swept under the rug and onto business as usual.

    Don’t believe me? Look at the fallout from the Maher Arar affair. The current Commissioner of the RCMP was formerly on the CSIS council to keep Maher Arar secret. Yet he was chosen lead the RCMP out of its current troubles; part of which stemmed from Maher Arar.

    Does anyone else see a problem with this?

    Its all sad but true.

    Anonymous

    October 1, 2008 at 6:21 pm

  4. Hi Leo!

    I will definitely be looking at reading this book now. It sounds facinating. Thanks for your thoughts.

    Jann

    Anonymous

    October 1, 2008 at 7:13 pm

  5. Leo Knight not only is an ex police officer, his professional skills are amazing, his personal side leaves a lot of questions for many people.

    Anonymous

    October 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

  6. Where the hell did that come from?

    Anonymous

    October 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm


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