LINGERING QUESTIONS: Did RCMP Data Breach Create Safe Zone for Criminality?

Former RCMP senior intelligence officer Cameron Ortis. (bt24news.com photo)

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By AWN Staff

Awakening News (AWN) has contacted Canada’s Privy Council, as well as the Attorney General of Canada and various other places, including media outlets, seeking answers about the long-term consequences of former RCMP senior intelligence officer Cameron Ortis being arrested for hacking the files of the RCMP and selling the “intel” to criminal entities—including syndicates such as international money launderers.

And that, of course, includes the money laundering operations that have infiltrated British Columbia’s casinos. But AWN—in order to look broader and deeper about key issues compared to mainline corporate media—has been reaching out to such entities while being mindful of the RCMP’s uninvestigated files concerning apparent violations of the law inside Casino Rama near Orillia, Ontario, for example.

Those violations include apparent instances of physical abuse, including some sexual abuse, of casino staff by unruly customers, as well as that casino’s employees being denied the protection of the law due to the failure of casino management to remove hazardous working conditions inside the casino.

Accordingly, AWN Associate Editor John Devine, who witnessed such violations during his time as a casino worker (floor dealer), said: “We have been asking media and lawyers who have received our information whether the un-investigated files the RCMP’s office has on Casino Rama, and files the RCMP has on the failure of Ontario Lottery and Gaming and the Ontario Provincial Police to address our concerns related to such matters, would have value to international crime syndicates. (e.g. Russian money launderers).”

That’s a reference to strong suspicions that the hacking of the RCMP’s files by Mr. Ortis could’ve landed super-sensitive information into the laps of money launderers and other law-breakers—who could then use that information to achieve a “stay” and avoid prosecution if they ever appear in court.

 PROFESSOR ALSO CONTACTED

As part of its ongoing efforts to engage with government oversight agencies, public officials, citizens and conventional media in order to help improve Canada’s damaged democratic process, AWN recently submitted documents to law Professor Richard Devlin, of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; he is among those who recently called for a probe of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police due to the deadly Nova Scotia shooting in the spring of this year.

About 30 others from the legal profession joined Devlin in calling for the RCMP to be investigated for its apparent blunders and failures in the whole sordid affair. That, along with an outcry from the public, is largely responsible for the Canadian government announcing there would someday be a formal “public inquiry” as to exactly what happened regarding the shooting. One cannot help but wonder how long it will take to start the inquiry, let alone get through it and achieve something worthwhile.

The shooter, identified as Gabriel Wortman, reportedly had run-ins with the law prior to the shooting that he carried out (he was shot dead after his extended rampage in Nova Scotia, according to the authorities). Had the RCMP charged Wortman for assaulting his girlfriend prior to the shooting, Wortman never have been able to carry out the murder spree.

Picture of Gabriel Wortman, who police shot dead after saying he was the shooter who went on a murderous, extended rampage in Nova Scotia in the spring of 2020. (Photo from TheCount.com)

But beyond that, Wortman—who is said to have been an RCMP asset who went rogue—also was free, prior to his demise, to access sensitive information from RCMP Officer Ortis. And that information  may have been damaging to the RCMP had they arrested Wortman before the shooting and hauled him into court.

Could that information have included detailed files about police refusing to take action about reported assaults under the roof of Casino Rama, or not following up on Wortman’s assaults on his girlfriend, or other revelations? And would such information have enabled Wortman to prevail in court, giving his attorneys the break they needed to force a “stay” and sweep the entire affair under the rug?

Put another way, the overall situation shows there’s an ongoing, documented pattern of selective, discriminatory law enforcement and corruption on the part of the RCMP that could conceivably have been cited by Wortman’s defense attorneys to undercut the case against him prior to his demise.

And once a court grants a “stay,” the files from both sides are typically locked away from public scrutiny, placed into what AWN refers to as Canada’s “time machine,” where vital matters are stashed until the public and press forgets anything bad ever happened. It’s a classic case of “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.”

Notably, much of what AWN sent to Professor Devlin can be found in AWN’s standing post along the information bar at the top of our website’s home page, entitled, “20 Years of Obstruction.” That post pertains to AWN’s own documentation that the RCMP, along with other police agencies, collaborative media outlets, etc., has engaged in discriminatory application of the law—going back long before the Nova Scotia tragedy and other events involving serious missteps on the part of the RCMP..

What AWN would like to learn from Professor Devlin (who as of this writing on Oct. 6 had not responded to AWN’s inquiry) centers around a simple question as to whether the specific items sent to him from AWN’s “20 Years of Obstruction” file would have value to any criminal entities who may have purchased RCMP “intel” from Ortis.

One of the things in the AWN file is documentation about sexual assaults and other physical abuses which Devine and other witnesses said happened at Casino Rama several years ago. But when Mr. Devine, a floor dealer at “Rama” at the time, tried to blow the whistle, thinking that whistleblower protection is guaranteed under Canadian law, it was his efforts that were obstructed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as well as the RCMP—instead of there being any kind of serious effort to address reports of abuse against casino workers by unruly customers.

As for the Ortis case, one thing Canadians need to find out is whether the allegation of hacking into RCMP files by Ortis back in 2015—recall that Ortis was a RCMP officer at the time—could have involved Ortis selling some of that hacked information with money laundering syndicates that, three years later in 2018, were caught laundering money through British Columbia casinos. Silver International Investments is the company that was charged. The charges were laid in 2015 and stayed in 2018.

Thus, the case against the launderers was indeed “stayed” [halted] in 2018 and, since the details of “stayed” cases are usually filed away from public view essentially forever, Canadians may never know, but have every right to know, if Ortis hacked information and sold it to money launderers that aided them in their crimes and helped ensure a “stay” would happen.

“It could be that, if the prosecution pursued the case against the launderers, then revelations about Canadian government missteps, including those involving the RCMP, could come to light, since those government blunders might reveal, for example, that the money laundering could have been prevented, but we may never know because Canadian government entities tend to keep things from the people for extended periods of time until the people forget; that’s what we at Awakening News call Canada’s ‘Time Machine,’” Devine reiterated.

A PALL OF SILENCE

Frustrated at the silence exhibited by virtually all government, media and other outlets regarding these kinds of questions, Devine on behalf of AWN turned to the Privy Council, asking it to clarify Governor General Julie Payette’s over-arching responsibility to act on the Crown’s behalf and ensure the equal application of the law across Canada. So far, the silence has been deafening, and this lack of replies appears to be incriminating.

It’s important to note that Devine, on behalf of AWN, first tried writing to Gov. General Payette, but only when she refused to reply (which is typicallly the case with her) did AWN decide to contact the Privy Council.

Mr. Devine, as this article was prepared for publication, was still wondering about these matters while recalling that, during his efforts at “Rama” to blow the whistle on the wrongdoings he witnessed there, he was obstructed first by casino management (the American-based company Penn National at the time) and then by the above-mentioned police agencies—one of whom, the OPP, even went so far as to visit Devine’s home and, in so many words, demand that he cease and desist from his letter-writing, phone calls and other whistle-blowing efforts.

Devine was even fired from his casino job simply for trying to help clear up problems at the workplace, even including workplace hazards that management refused to remove (refusing to do so even after the Ministry of Labour visited the site to examine the hazards)—and despite the injuries sustained by casino workers, some of them serious.

“Anything less than an equal application of the law (‘no one is above the law and no one is beneath its protection’) is a breach of the Constitution,” Devine added. “I am trying to find out: What are the consequences of obstruction of justice, such as the examples that I experienced, not being investigated by police, and the police themselves, ignoring, or turning against, whistleblowers? This kind of discriminatory application of the law could be cited in numerous court cases to achieve a ‘stay’ in each case—while letting criminals of whatever kind off the hook while keeping the public in the dark.”

Mr. Devine concluded by remarking: “Will Canadians ever know about all what was in those RCMP files and exactly to whom Ortis sold them? Ortis’s lawyer has been trying to drag his feet; and they’re already one year into this case since Ortis was charged. Will Canada ever get to the bottom of this stuff, or is it just going to be silence, glacially slow proceedings and endless use of this time machine?”