In the Supreme Court of the Federated Republic of Kanata, in Winnipeg, Anishnabe sovereign territory, in the former province of Manitoba
Case Docket 32114: 01-13-2021
The People v. Stephen Harper, and others in absentia
In the matter of Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes committed by said parties against the People of the Nations
This is an official court transcript and as such a public record that may not be tampered with or altered.
Judge Laura Standing Bear presiding.
The opening session of the State’s case against the Defendant commenced at 9:03 am on January 13, 2021 in the Peoples’ Hall of Justice on the Anishinabe nation.
The Court: Is the State ready to present its case?
Peoples’ Prosecutor: Yes, citizen judge. I’ll dispense with our opening statement which was made last week in pre-trial depositions. I call our first witness: the prime minister in the former so-called dominion of Canada, citizen Stephen Harper.
A disturbance in court, some rude remarks.
The Court: I remind those in attendance that this court will be conducted with dignity and due process. Comments like those are understandable, but they will not be tolerated.
The witness is sworn in.
Prosecutor: State your name, occupation and residence.
Witness: I am … my name is Stephen Harper. I live, well, here in Winnipeg, now.
Laughter in court.
Prosecutor: And your occupation?
Witness: Now, well, I work as a helper at the Group Home on Sherbrooke street …
Prosecutor: That would be the Dumont Recovery Centre?
Witness: Yeah … that’s right.
Prosecutor: And prior to your work there, citizen?
Witness: I was, uh, at Stony Mountain Penitentiary.
Prosecutor: Correct. For the past four years, in fact. Now citizen Harper: You have already been tried and found guilty in another court for complicity in crimes against humanity, and for treason. Isn’t that correct?
Witness: I suppose.
Prosecutor: You are here today, citizen Harper, as an expert witness in one of the most important human rights case ever brought before our Republic: the concealment of mass murder and genocide against our nations. Do you deny this?
Witness remains silent.
The Court: The witness is obliged to answer.
Witness: I don’t deny it, no.
Prosecutor: So let me begin by asking you to describe your personal knowledge of the cabinet decision of April 28, 2007, in which your government launched something called a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”, the so called TRC. Do you recall that?
Witness: Yes, I do.
Prosecutor: Citizen Harper, tell the court the purpose of that Commission. And please, spare us the official line.
Witness: Well, the initiative for that didn’t come from us, at all, really. It was a recommendation from the Privy Council, from London, and naturally from the churches …
Prosecutor: I didn’t ask you who was to blame, citizen. We’ll get to that. I asked you to describe its purpose.
Witness: We called it information control. An official response was needed to the obvious criminal acts in the Indian residential schools.
Prosecutor: And why was that?
Witness: People were talking …
Prosecutor: About the death of children … about their mass murder, in fact.
Witness: Exactly. They were starting to name names of the killers. Senior men; men with reputations.
Prosecution: Top church men?
Witness: Yes, sure, and many others. We needed to head things off with our own inquiry that could, you know, put a lid on things.
Prosecutor: And by that you mean stop the truth from emerging?
Witness: Certain truths, yes.
Witness: Compromising evidence about, well, actions that could be interpreted as something more than beating or raping a child.
Prosecutor: Genocidal acts?
Witness: That’s a loaded term.
Prosecutor: But accurate, in this case?
Witness: I suppose.
Prosecutor: There’s no supposition involved, Mr. Harper. In November of 1907, the so-called Crown of England laid out a plan to wipe out our native nations under the guise of these so-called Indian residential schools. And yet your “official” inquiry into this failed to mention the staggering death toll that resulted from this plan. The more than 50,000 children who never came back.
Witness: Legally, we couldn’t. We had an obligation to the crown as its sworn officers.
Prosecutor: Precisely. But you might read something called the Nuremberg Principles, Mr. Harper. No legal obligation justifies war crimes.
Witness: Look, it wasn’t just us! The churches had most of the blood on their hands. That’s why they pushed so hard for the TRC …
Prosecutor: We know that, citizen. And the Privy Council, the so-called Crown of England. They approved the TRC.
Witness: Of course. And the churches appointed the Commissioners.
Prosecutor: Much like a criminal choosing his own judge and jury, wouldn’t you say? (pause, mild laughter in the Court) So tell us what this TRC did, exactly.
Witness: It managed the information, like I said. We had our own official version of what went on in the schools, a whole bunch of professors we hired to spin the whole thing not as genocide but, I think we called it, “a well intentioned and humanitarian policy towards the Indians that went wrong”.
Prosecutor: And you expected people to believe that?
Witness: Well, why wouldn’t they? People wanted to believe that.
Prosecutor: Citizen, I’m reading from a cabinet document from that time, minutes from your first meeting about the TRC, actually. At one point, you comment to your Indian Affairs minister, a Mr. Jim Prentice, “We’ll have everyone believing these schools were a good thing, by the time we’re through.” Prentice, to his credit, replies, “But sir, how do you conceal all those graves? The death records are out there now. We’ll look like we’re covering it up” And you respond, “Not a cover up. Jim. Just containment. The usual protocol. The Force has never let us down.” (pause) What did you mean by that?
Witness: I can’t remember very clearly …
Prosecution: By “the Force”, you meant the former RCMP, did you not?
Witness: Yes. With some help from CSIS.
Prosecution: We have their archives. We know how both of those agencies went about “containing” the evidence of the Canadian Holocaust. It’s quite an impressive list … even to the point of eliminating news reporters and burning down peoples’ homes. But maybe you’d like to comment what the RCMP had to do with this TRC of yours.
Witness: You might ask them. I wasn’t privy to their special ops.
The Court: Citizen Harper, you must answer to the best of your recollection.
Witness: Honestly, I don’t know, except to say that they had their people in among the TRC Commissioners, monitoring the public forums, and weeding out trouble spots.
Prosecution: Weeding out?
Prosecution: Can you give us an example?
Witness: Well, the people who wouldn’t play ball. The witnesses who tried naming names or telling where the children had been buried. They were, uh, discouraged.
Witness: Threats, or the usual bribes. Dirty tricks. But when that didn’t work, more direct measures were used.
Prosecution: How more direct?
Witness: Whatever it took.
Prosecution (to The Court): Citizen judge, I’d like to switch gears for a moment because this is very relevant to our broader case.
The Court: Proceed.
Prosecution: Citizen Harper, were you aware of an internal document from your cabinet known as CS 101, issued by the so-called Privy Council office
and the former government of Canada on March 13, 2008?
Witness: I was aware of it, yes.
Prosecutor: In what capacity?
Witness: As the Prime Minister. I attended the Privy Council meeting in an ex-officio capacity.
Prosecutor: Meaning, you couldn’t vote?
Prosecutor: Interesting. Go on.
Witness: The document was also called PC 3909X.
Prosecutor: Was that a standard designation for a Privy Council document?
Witness: No. Any document designated ‘X’ meant that it was never to be published or even filed.
Prosecutor: A secret document?
Prosecutor: Describe the contents of CS 101, known also as PC 3909X.
Witness: Well, it was part of something our cabinet had begun the previous year, after consulting our City of London counterparts …
Prosecutor: When, exactly?
Witness: In early May of 2007, after the Merasty thing …
Witness: He was an MP from Saskatchewan, one of yours … uh, I mean, you know, an indigenous politician. He was the first
and only one to raise the matter of missing residential school children in the House of Commons question period.
Prosecutor: To be clear, that would be the late Gary Merasty of the Cree Nation?
Prosecutor (to The Court): Citizen judge, I wish to retain this witness for separate examination about the death of Mr. Merasty.
The Court: Granted.
Witness: I don’t know anything about that …
Prosecutor: Citizen Harper, continue your description of CS 101.
Witness: Alright. Our cabinet came up with a plan we called the CS program, after the death rates in the residential schools became widely known …
Witness: It stood for Clean Sweep. It built on previous information control operations done by the Mounties and the United Church, but it went much further.
Prosecutor: This was in addition to your TRC containment operation?
Witness: Nobody ever trusted the TRC, not really. There were too many uncertainties about opening even part of the residential schools history to public scrutiny. We couldn’t predict what might come out. So CS 101 was our insurance policy. Our back up. It authorized extreme measures to keep the whole thing buried.
Prosecutor: By ‘the whole thing’, you mean what?
Witness: By god, you know what I’m talking about … those damned places!
Prosecutor: We’re still talking about the Christian internment camps your government called Indian residential schools, correct?
Witness: Yes. Obviously.
Prosecutor: And what were the extreme measures sanctioned by CS 101?
Witness: Everything. Anything that would keep it out of sight and mind.
Prosecutor: Such as?
Witness: Black ops. Fake media accounts and scam releases. Misinformation and smear campaigns. Destruction of evidence. Silencing of witnesses …
The Court: The witness will clarify his meaning.
Witness: Anybody who had seen murders, or done burials, or anything more serious than the person injury lawsuits – well, they were to be stopped.
The Court: Clarify.
Witness: Bribed. Threatened. If that didn’t work, eliminated.
Witness: (after long pause) Yes.
(Cries in the courtroom)
The Court: Order, please!
Prosecutor: And this policy was approved by your cabinet, and you?
Witness: Unofficially, yes. There was just too much at stake.
Prosecutor: Indeed. (pause) Now citizen, in your opinion, was CS 101 a success?
Witness: I would say so. At least, at first. But the whole issue was too big to contain. Too many people had started talking. Eyewitnesses. Even the local band councils started opening up some of the children’s graves, after the Brantford dig got so much news. Besides, the world knew about it after that fucking documentary film got out …
The Court: There will be no swearing in this court, citizen.
Prosecutor: So how long did you continue CS 101?
Witness: It was never formally discontinued. Some rogue elements in CSIS continued doing their own private operations, even after our government fell.
Prosecutor: After the first Kanata referendum?
Witness: No, no, when we declared the Emergency Measures Act, just after the second referendum results were announced, you know, back in 2016, or was it seventeen?
Prosecutor: Yes, the dissolution of Parliament and the Constitution. Who can forget? (pause) So even during all the troubles that followed, leading up to our revolution, citizen, your special CS 101 operations continued?
Witness: Well, yes, naturally, especially because of all the trouble. The special ops broadened. Everybody in Ottawa was panicking, especially the Mounties and the Special Section, who had the most to lose. The last thing we wanted was for all of that garbage to be made known.
Prosecutor: But it was made known, wasn’t it?
Witness: Eventually. Some of it, at least.
Prosecutor: There is more?
Witness: A lot of things were destroyed. Death records. Forensic reports. All the human remains we had, and what was in the church crypts …
Witness: That was their word for it, not mine. (pause) The churches retained physical specimens of children beneath many of their largest residential schools, especially those connected to the Indian hospitals. They held them in these sub-basement vaults they called crypts. There was a big, old one under that Anglican school in Brantford. The catholics were big into that shit too. I assumed there was some cultic, sacrificial significance to all that, but I never bothered inquiring …
Prosecutor: Never bothered?
Witness: Of course not. We’re talking about the Vatican, and their partners.
Prosecutor: Go on.
Witness: There were many human experiments in the schools, of course, especially after the Paperclip era, all the military interest in getting healthy human specimens. Drug testing, skin grafting, sterilizations, plus the usual child trafficking. We inherited all that, we didn’t start it. But it left a lot of corpses to dispose of, frankly, along with all the kids dying of the usual stuff, diseases, starvation. The Mounties handled much of the body disposals, along with private contractors, and their specialists … it wasn’t a problem until the Merasty thing, and the Mohawk reclamation digs in Brantford.
Prosecutor: Tell us about that.
Witness: There never was a Crown treaty covering the Mohawks, so we’d have sparked an international incident if we’d have forced our way onto the Brantford site, where those digs began on Mohawk land … we were really in a jam …
Prosecutor: Are you referring to the excavations of 201
1? At the so-called Church of England school in Brantford, Ontario called the Mush Hole?
Witness: I’m sick of that word.
Prosecutor: Was CS 101 deployed against the Mohawks?
Witness: Big time. But it didn’t stop them, completely.
Prosecutor: Why not?
Witness: Again, too much international exposure. It was all over the internet. Plus some smart asses in Europe took notice and sent their own investigators over to Brantford.
Prosecutor: Did your program kill any Mohawks at that time?
Prosecutor: How many?
Witness: I don’t know. A few. Older people, some of their key elders. One or two young firebrands.
Witness: I didn’t do that end of things. I do know that drug overdoses and car accidents weren’t unusual. Sudden heart attacks. But most of the others were dealt with less harshly or were just scared off.
Prosecutor: Then as an accessory to murder, citizen, can you explain why CS 101 failed in that case?
Witness: I don’t know, exactly. Maybe because it didn’t require many of the Mohawks to bring out the dirt. That year, some of them went over to Europe with verified bone samples from the graves, to the European Parliament in Brussels …
Prosecutor (to The Court): On that point, citizen judge, we’d like to enter some video footage from the Brussels Tribunal of
November 2012 as evidence.
The Court: Agreed.
Prosecutor: Mr. Harper … I’m sorry, but I find it difficult to call you a citizen … let me ask you about where the churches were in all of this cover up and assassination. Did they know about CS 101?
Witness: Why, yes, naturally. They’d been doing the same thing for decades. It was their problem, after all.
Prosecutor: Their problem?
Witness: They founded the schools, and kept them open despite all the deaths. They made a bundle off those kids. They demanded that we cover for them and destroy the evidence, right when the first lawsuits began in 1996. Hell, do you know how many child rapists still operate in those bloody churches? It was small wonder they had their own version of CS 101.
Witness: Yeah, really. In case you think it was just us doing all this crap …
Prosecutor: Go on.
Witness: They fired and blackballed any of their clergy who spoke out or who wouldn’t go along with the cover up. Went after their families and trashed their reputation. They destroyed documents, dug up and destroyed graves, and they even arranged some convenient deaths, if the truth be known.
Prosecutor: Can you name any of those deaths, Mr. Harper?
damned minister. The one who started the whole thing, out west.
Prosecutor: Eagle Strong Voice.
Witness: If that’s what you call him. We had another name for him.
Prosecutor (to the Court): Again, citizen judge, we’ll need this witness to depose during our separate examination about the death of Eagle Strong Voice.
The Court: Agreed, wholeheartedly.
Witness: I want to go on record as saying I knew nothing, personally, about that killing. I thought it was unnecessary but London overruled me. That was a church operation. They took out that Annett guy, Mr. Strong Voice or whatever, after he’d uncovered their child sacrificial network, and its links to London and Rome.
Prosecutor: It’s odd you’d say that, Mr. Harper, because the former church officials in our custody say that your government knew of their plan concerning Eagle Strong Voice, and you gave it your unofficial consent.
Witness: That’s a lie.
Prosecutor: You will have the chance to face those who make this claim, Mr. Harper. They include the former Moderator of the United Church, a Mr. Gary Paterson.
Witness: Never heard of him.
The Court: Progress, please.
Prosecutor: Now then Mr. Harper, I just have a final question for you, for now. It involves the ultimate purpose of all of this crime and cover up. It seems odd that you would risk the survival of your own government, at such an unstable period in our history, to simply conceal crimes that the world was discovering anyway.
Witness: Odd? What do you mean?
Prosecutor: Why, yes. Would it not have been wiser politically to admit these crimes, and not make things worse with all your obvious obstructions of justice?
Witness: We tried to appear to admit things. That was the whole idea behind the TRC.
Prosecutor: But Mr. Harper, surely you know that that farce made the cover up all the more obvious.
Witness: I know that. We were just buying time.
Prosecutor: Not enough, as it turned out.
Witness: No. And after all, there was more to it all than a bunch of missing children.
Witness: Of course. Think about the bigger picture. (pause) We were a fuel pump for America, and China. Who sat on the oil? Who did we have to keep down to fix the price at what America and China would permit? It was that simple. If the Indians ever felt they could bring us to trial in some international court for the residential school killings, or for how we really got their land, my god, just think of the repercussions! Here, and abroad. Think of what would come out, now, about what still goes on.
Prosecutor: Like what, Mr. Harper? What still goes on?
Witness: Find somebody else to tell you. I’m done.
The Court: You must answer the question, citizen.
Witness: I’m done. You know that. I’m a dead man.
A disturbance in the court.
Prosecutor: If the sheriffs could step back, please, citizen judge …
The Court: You will release the witness. Thank you. Now please sit back down, citizen.
Witness: I’m a dead man already, you know that? And so are all of you.
Prosecutor: What does that mean?
Witness: You’ll find out.
The Court: The witness will answer the question.
Prosecutor: Tell the court what still goes on, Mr. Harper.
Witness: Why? Will that make it stop?
Prosecutor: It will, if we have anything to say about it.
Witness: The naiveté here … my god …
The Court: You will tell this Court the full truth, Mr. Harper. You said you’re dead already. You said we are too. What does that mean?
A disturbance in the court.
The Court: Mr. Harper?
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