Join Date: Nov 2003
Persecution of Letter Writer Brad Love Continues -- 7 New Charges for Phoning or Writing Political Messages
Pinch yourself hard! The following outrage comes NOT from Red China or some dictator-for-life hell hole in Africa but from right here in Canada. On Monday, May 13, former political prisoner (18 month sentence under Canada's notorious "hate law" in 2003 for writing non-threatening letters to MPs and other public officials) Brad Love was arrested by the RCMP in Fort McMurray and charged with seven counts: four of harassment and three of sending "scurrilous" material through the mail.
Mr. Love, 54, an oil-patch worker who boasts he puts in 84 hour weeks and resents having half his paycheque seized to pay for foreign aid, foreign wars for Israel and assistance to poorly screened immigrants, was freed on $2,000 bail. However, a Justice of the Peace imposed the type of bail conditions similar to parole conditions that have kept Mr. Love gagged for almost a decade. In this computer age, he is not to e-mail or send text messages to anyone, he told CAFE in an exclusive interview. Furthermore, he is not to contact any politician and can use the mails only for personal and necessary correspondence. [Many prisoners inside have greater communication freedoms than Mr. Love.]
Mr. Love's supposed crime? This in-your-face opinionated man frequently calls or writes to the local media and blasts them for not covering certain stories. He called local talk jock Nic 'the Beard" Lindsay at K-ROCK 100.5 FM who advertises himself as" pierced and tattooed" and specializes in boob jokes and Newfie comments. Mr. Love challenged the outspoken Nic "the Beard" to say something like this: "He, all you oil workers freezing your butts off in this winter cold, did you know your government gave $23-million to Somalia today?"
According to Mr. Love, Nic "The Beard" said he couldn't say anything like that or he'd be fired. Boob jokes, apparently, are okay. Despite seeking public input, K-ROCK doesn't appear to welcome Mr. Love's opinions and is one of the complainants.
Another media outlet that apparently complained is the local newspaper Fort McMurray Today. Their web page invites the public to send in photos and stories. However, they, too, are one of the complainants.
Another complainant is a local campaigner for OXFAM, who solicits help to dig wells for Africans. This cause incensed Mr. Love who sent the man a package of material and denounced OXFAM as "OX-scam." At a public gathering where the man and his son were promoting his cause, Mr. Love asked the son: "Is the world running out of water?" The son, according to Mr. Love "flipped out" and the father towering over Mr. Love demanded: "Are you Brad Love?" He now alleges he's "afraid" of Mr. Love.
So, Brad Love expressed strong opinions on foreign aid and immigration. These seem to be outside the comfort zone of some wussy media types and the constabulary were called in.
"I didn't know the home addresses of most of these complainers," Mr. Love reported incredulously, "until I got the bail conditions telling me not to contact the people at these addresses."
At the bail hearing, the police, who preside over a city awash with drugs, opposed bail for the non-violent letter writer and telephone caller Brad Love. They said he had no ties to the community. Mr. Love was incensed and replied: "I live here and have worked here for seven years. That's longer than the police officers who laid these charges." [The RCMP are regularly shifted from community to community across Canada.]
In an initial disclosure, one of the impugned items sent by Mr. Love to one media person was Paul Fromm's authoritative Canadian Immigration Hotline.
The very vague news story reproduced below gives no indication that most of the complainers are media people, people in the public eye. It is also clear that it is Mr. Love's opinions that these thin-skinned media types which to suppress. Mr. Love, according to Fort McMurray Today communicated "racially motivated verbal and/or written correspondence, often containing extreme political views on a variety of topics including immigration laws."
So, "extreme political views" can get you hauled into court and gagged in the meantime by a bail order. "Such is the state of freedom of speech in politically correct Canada and the media often lead the charge to silence dissenters," says Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression and a long-time supporter of Brad Love's fight for freedom.
"Brad Love is a victim of discrimination," Mr. Fromm charged. "he's the wrong sex, age and colour. He's one of the despised middle aged White guys. He's supposed to work hard, pay his taxes and just shut up until he can be replaced. But Brad is a scrappy guy with strong opinions. He hasn't threatened anyone. Now, if he were from a privileged minority, say a native radical, blocking a railway track in defiance of a court injunction, the police would be handing him a coffee, not charging him and trying to ruin his life."
His next court appearance is May 27 and Mr. Love promises a vigorous fight against continuing state efforts to silence his dissident voice.
"A Fort McMurray man is facing criminal harassment charges after several police investigations spanning several months came to a head.
The investigations involved several individuals in the community receiving racially motivated verbal and/or written correspondence, often containing extreme political views on a variety of topics including immigration laws. While the investigation is still ongoing, enough information and evidence had been collected to proceed with charges." (Fort McMurray Today, May 14, 2013)
Brad Love, 54, has been charged with numerous offences including criminal harassment, mailing obscene matter and harassing telephone calls.
Love has been released from custody on bail and several conditions, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 27. " (Fort McMurray Today, May 14, 2013)