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Ex-military man planned attack on Veterans Affairs office in Calgary skyscraper"

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ex-military-man-planned-attack-on-veterans-affairs-office-in-calgary-skyscraper-1.2827039

...Officers found several items inside GG's car, including a loaded semi-automatic rifle, 1000 rounds of ammunition and night vision binoculars. They also found jugs of chemicals.

Eight jugs were found in the backseat that contained either ammonia, bleach or muriatic acid. Several other jugs were on the front passenger seat containing either bleach, chlorine or muriatic acid.


The jugs were located in two suitcases, and wires ran in the vehicle from a battery towards the suitcases, although they were not attached. Police were unable to identify substances found in smaller containers. Other items in the car included gun powder, bear spray and smoke grenades.


A member of the RCMP Explosive Unit said he constructed a pipe bomb using materials found in GG's car.  The corporal even detonated the pipe bomb and said it would be extremely dangerous to the public.


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Police then seized several items in GG's possession beginning with six videos and a few photographs from his cellphone.

A copy of a typed out plan and building information on the Bantrel Tower were seized from GG's laptop. Some of the videos were taken in November and December of 2013 by GG at the Bantrel Tower.

The plan contained notes by GG made during reconnaissance of the Bantrel Tower and a plan relating what the Crown submitted as "a plan to attack the office of Veteran's Affairs in the Bantrel Tower Building."

The plan was made in the fall of 2013.

One part of the plan was labelled as a "risk assessment," while another had the title "Walking around the building with IR camera on identifying." There are references to steps to be taken on certain floors of the building.


GG had a copy the Bantrel Tower building specifications, which included exits, entrances and office locations...

Hopefully this puts the attacks on Parliament Hill in some more perspective. It looks like this guy was a bit more of a threat than Bibeau, though terrorism charges have already been ruled out. It will be interesting to see how the "narrative" around this potential attack develops.
 
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ex-military-man-planned-attack-on-veterans-affairs-office-in-calgary-skyscraper-1.2827039

Hopefully this puts the attacks on Parliament Hill in some more perspective. It looks like this guy was a bit more of a threat than Bibeau, though terrorism charges have already been ruled out. It will be interesting to see how the "narrative" around this potential attack develops.
Except, that Bibeau actually did something, killed someone and attacked Parliament.  How's that for perspective...?
 

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  Anything that perpetuates the "Crazy, raging, dangerous" veteran stereotype hurts us all. Often, in the public's mind, we are all tarred with the same brush. Something to keep in mind when applying for a job or moving into a new neighbourhood etc...
 
  Also, blaming the employees of a government department for the policies of said government, is the same as a peace creep protester blaming a Pte for a war.

  It has been my experience when dealing w/ VAC, that the system is unfair and extremely frustrating, but the employees, I feel, genuinely want to help veterans. I mean, do people really think that other people would actively seek employment at VAC, in order to "screw vets"? Pretty unlikely
 

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Unfortunately some people respond to a little bit of power in their hands in inappropriate ways or the lazy fall into "that's are policies mode" to avoid step outside their cozy box. I saw this effect amply demonstrated by nurses dealing with my dads tube last week. One went into "Our policy say we must do this", despite 6 years of us successfully doing something else, the twit nurse took time to read a policy requiring a 3 way valve on his tube, but never took the time to see if she even had any in stock. His regular nurse had seen the same policy, knew it did not fit the circumstance and was preparing to challenge the policy, but she had been sick so we saw the other nurse. The example shows the difference people can make, there are those that hide in the rules and then there are those that think and care.
 

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Now that's not fair at all,...........maybe the first nurse had a house, family, and mortgage and wasn't going to blow all that doing something the she isn't at the level to challenge.  If "something else" had worked for years then, IMO, it would be the families duty to make sure that was written in the personal patient instructions.
 

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We go there every week for this procedure and had developed the tube setup over the last 6 years, there are instructions on his file on how to do the set up and photo's provided by myself. She talked to someone on the phone who seemed to be suggesting the risk was very small, but she would do nothing without approval, we ended up flushing his tubes at home and dressing him. The risk to her was very, very small and I notice none of the other staff was very interested in coming to her defense, throw in the fact that she had not prepared herself at all for the flushing/dressing and did not even have the piece that she insisted we had to use, my opinion of her is very low. It was certainly a reminder of how not to act. My first boss in my current regulatory role said to me "Think of everything you hate about government and don't do it and spend the money like it's coming out of your own pocket" A simple and good rule to follow.

I have no doubt there are really good people in the VAC, who do their best, but often their efforts are undermined by those who do not care and a culture of risk aversion over service.
 

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Colin P said:
I have no doubt there are really good people in the VAC, who do their best, but often their efforts are undermined by those who do not care and a culture of risk aversion over service.

What one person calls "risk aversion" another person calls protecting both themselves and the patient (client, subject...).  The policy says to do A and the fact someone chooses to do B is fine until something goes wrong and the system holds them accountable for not doing A. 
 

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I think Colin P is referring to the more 'senior' bureaucrats in VAC, like those in so many other departments, who are very risk adverse, often to the point of not being able to make a decision.  Often the only saving grace are the middle managers who make the necessary decisions to keep a Department functioning.
 

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Yes our Ottawa staff has learned not to ask to many questions about how we resolve things at the regional level and we have learned not to burden them with to many details.
 

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Eight jugs were found in the backseat that contained either ammonia, bleach or muriatic acid. Several other jugs were on the front passenger seat containing either bleach, chlorine or muriatic acid.

Should I interpret this as he had various jugs of all three chemicals? Or are they speculating it's one of the three?

Looks like he was going to whip up some mustard gas if he had all three.
 

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Another hit to the Intelligence Branch.

As opposed to the numerous such cases from other Corps/Branches......Infantryman drives SUV into 1 CMBG HQ building.........Supply Tech kills two in Quebec National Assembly........Where would you like to start or finish?
 

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George Wallace said:
As opposed to the numerous such cases from other Corps/Branches......Infantryman drives SUV into 1 CMBG HQ building.........Supply Tech kills two in Quebec National Assembly........Where would you like to start or finish?

Considering the small number of members in the branch, I think they are hitting above their weight. Selling secrets to the Russians, old Killer Kusec with the child porn, ASIC Command Teams being fired just to name a few.
 

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Webgear said:
Considering the small number of members in the branch, I think they are hitting above their weight. Selling secrets to the Russians, old Killer Kusec with the child porn, ASIC Command Teams being fired just to name a few.

Still just a play on statistics.  Killer was not the only one to be busted for kiddie porn.  Then again there is so much being done that makes one just shake their head and wonder WTF......Two PRBs and still passing crses........Promoting the absurdly incompetent to higher positions.........Makes for great conversations over beers though.
 

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George Wallace said:
Still just a play on statistics.  Killer was not the only one to be busted for kiddie porn.  Then again there is so much being done that makes one just shake their head and wonder WTF......Two PRBs and still passing crses........Promoting the absurdly incompetent to higher positions.........Makes for great conversations over beers though.

I know members that failed two PRBs and turned out to be great Int Ops, they just needed extra help and support. "Promoting the absurdly incompetent to higher positions" and beer would make me drunk for a year or two.
 

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Pieman said:
Should I interpret this as he had various jugs of all three chemicals? Or are they speculating it's one of the three?
I'm reading it as some of each in separate containers.
 

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Old Sweat said:
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I'm reading it as some of each in separate containers.
Read your post and tell me it if it is as clear as mud.
I guess I meant separate containers, each with a single chemical in it.
 

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Webgear said:
I know members that failed two PRBs and turned out to be great Int Ops, they just needed extra help and support. "Promoting the absurdly incompetent to higher positions" and beer would make me drunk for a year or two.

Its sad, because its true. 

What is a shame is that we cant identify the successes that make up for the actions of the negative stories...
 

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Some of the latest, from the Calgary Herald ....
A judge has declined to order a publication ban on the identity of an ex-military man who pleaded guilty to possessing several weapons and explosives he claimed in a document he’d use to blow up the downtown Bantrel Building that houses the Veterans Affairs Canada office.

Lawyer Tonii Roulston had argued that her client, Glen Gordon Gieschen, and his family would be embarrassed by the publicity of the sensational attack-and-escape plan that would come with his case.

However, provincial court Judge Sean Dunnigan disagreed, saying publication of the identity of the accused does not present a “real and substantial” risk to the fairness of the trial ....
.... and from The Canadian Press:
A former Canadian soldier who has admitted planning an attack on the Calgary office of Veterans Affairs says he is sorry and never intended to follow through.

Glen Gieschen had a beef with the department over coverage for illnesses he believed were caused by a flu shot.

The 45-year-old former military intelligence officer, whose name was originally banned from publication, pleaded guilty earlier this month to possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon.

During his arrest last January, police recovered firearms, body armour, possible bomb-making materials, schematics of the downtown skyscraper and a plan to attack the seventh-floor offices of Veterans Affairs.

“He sincerely apologizes to all staff of Veterans Affairs Canada for any distress the release of the attack scenario has caused them or their families. This document was never meant to be released to the public,” said lawyer Tonii Roulston reading a statement on behalf of her client.

She said he is facing the repercussions for what he did.

“He has taken responsibility for his actions and has agreed to pay the consequences and he has entered a guilty plea. He’ll be incarcerated and will have a lifetime firearms ban imposed,” she said.

Gieschen will be sentenced Jan. 30 ....

 
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