Two serving members of the Canadian military’s elite counter-terrorism unit are under investigation for allegedly taking part in protests in downtown Ottawa.
The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command does not condone its members supporting and/or actively taking part in causes that jeopardize the apolitical imperative associated with their functions.”
The individuals are members of Joint Task Force 2, this newspaper has confirmed. JTF2 is the unit that would be called upon to deal with terrorism and at times provide protection for VIPs such as the prime minister. (that’s the whitewashed version of what JTF2 does)
The two individuals under investigation serve as “assaulters” — one of the most highly trained positions in JTF2 involving the use of weapons and military tactics.
The fact that these two individuals serve as “assaulters” tells you what you need to know about their training, tactics and specialty.
The actions of a third Canadian Forces member, who had served with JTF2 but is now assigned to the procurement section at the Department of National Defence, is also under scrutiny.
Besides the three individuals, another member of CANSOFCOM has been allegedly ferrying supplies to the protesters in downtown Ottawa, sources say. There is no investigation into that individual’s alleged actions at this point.
That makes 4 military personnel.
Maj.-Gen. Steve Boivin, the commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, confirmed he has ordered the two investigations into the alleged activities of those in his organization.
In May 2021, a Canadian Forces member who called on fellow military personnel to refuse to help with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines was charged with an offence related to mutiny. It’s believed to be the first time in decades that the Canadian military has laid such a charge. A court-martial hearing will be held in September for that individual.
Officer Cadet Ladislas Kenderesi was charged with one count of “endeavouring to persuade another person to join in a mutiny,” an offence under the National Defence Act. Kenderesi was also charged with one count of behaving in a scandalous manner unbecoming of an officer.
That makes 5 members of the military.
Kenderesi will face a court martial sometime in September, Le Bouthillier confirmed.
Kenderesi has said he was fully aware he could get in trouble for his comments, but added he didn’t care.
Disciplinary action has also commenced against a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force who recently went on Twitter in full uniform with a video supporting the Ottawa convoy protesters. The RCAF member’s account included retweets of material critical of Trudeau as well as other material questioning vaccines.
Looks to be 7 members of the military opposed to mandates
“The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command does not condone its members supporting and/or actively taking part in causes that jeopardize the apolitical imperative associated with their functions,” Boivin said in a statement to this newspaper. “I expect our members to act in ways that demonstrate Canadian Armed Forces values and ethics, and to uphold them both on and off duty.
Then there were 8.
Not sure what to make of it all? Except for one observation- apparently some individuals in the military are less willing to follow orders then I’d imagined.