Profiling The Terrorist: What Was Really Behind The May 18th Royal Bank Bombing in Ottawa?

Posted on May 26, 2010

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I have to admit that the first thought that hit me relative to the recent FFFC bombing of the Royal Bank branch at the corner of First and Bank in Ottawa, which when I resided in the city was only a few short blocks away from my house, was why that particular location?

Granted, The Glebe as it is affectionately called by its denizens, is one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, however there has to be more symbolically significant targets of RBC prestige and corporate avarice than the rather diminutive First and Bank branch.

So what are we looking at here?

While the anarchist concept of “propaganda of the deed” which promotes physical violence against political enemies as a way of “inspiring the masses and catalyzing revolution” means that acts such as the one on the 18th are not out of the realms of possibility, I still cannot reconcile the perpetrators’ choice of target.

Think about it for a moment, out of the more than 2,000 potential RBC outlets through which they could have chosen to make their statement, perhaps even closer to where the G8 or G20 summits are actually taking place at the end of June, they chose a relatively obscure branch.

It is hardly the type of visible or recognizable target that would draw the widest response beyond the terrorist act itself.

Joining me on Thursday, May 27th at 4:00 PM EST to delve into the many factors that can ultimately culminate in a terrorist act and in particular the Royal Bank bombing, is internationally acclaimed criminal profiling expert Pat Brown, blogger extraordinaire with stories picked-up by The National Post Dr. John Baglow and, the author of the book The Hidden Game John Berling Hardy.

Remember to use the following link to access both the Live and On-Demand broadcast “Profiling The Terrorist: What Was Really Behind The May 18th Royal Bank Bombing in Ottawa?” On the PI Window on Business on Blog Talk Radio.

Our Guest Panel:

Pat Brown

Pat Brown, Criminal Profiler and TV Commentator

About Pat:

Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency.

Pat has provided crime commentary and profiling and forensic analysis in over one thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and across the globe. She can be seen regularly on the cable television news programs, CNN, MSNBC and FOX, and is a frequent guest of the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Larry King, Inside Edition, Nancy Grace, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Joy Behar, and America’s Most Wanted. For four seasons, Pat Brown profiled crimes on the weekly Court TV crime show, I, Detective. Criminal Profiler Pat Brown is the host of the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra. In the spring of 2006, Pat went inside one of Florida’s maximum-security prisons to interview a child murderer for the Discovery Channel series, Evil Minds. In 2010 she profiled a new Jack the Ripper suspect for Investigation Discovery’s Mystery Files. She is the author of The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychpaths (Hyperion Voice 2010) and Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers (Phoenix Books 2003), and is a contract writer for Crime Library. Pat contributed special feature content included in the 2005 home DVD edition of Profiler: Season Two and the 15th Anniversary Edition, 2006 DVD release of Quentin Tarantino’s crime classic, Reservoir Dogs.

Through The Sexual Homicide Exchang, Pat offers pro bono criminal profiling and training for law enforcement and she provides profiling consultation to attorneys, families, and producers through The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. Pat Brown holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and developed the first Criminal Profiling and Investigative Analysis certificate program in the country for Excelsior College. Pat is the founder and director of The Society for Investigative Criminal Profiling, an organization working to promote criminal profiling as a major tool in police investigations.

Pat’s Latest Book:

In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near the home of Pat Brown and her family. Brown suspected the young man who was renting a room in her house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him–but the police dismissed her as merely a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before her former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night Brown took action to solve the murder was the beginning of her life’s work.

Pat Brown is now one of the nation’s few female criminal profilers–a sleuth who assists police departments and victims’ families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light.

In The Profiler, Brown opens her case files to take readers behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-to-face with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It’s a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes–the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.

Media Bites:

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown commments on the Madeleine Mccann case on Fox News (January 2010)

John Baglow

Dr. John Baglow aka Dr. Dawg

About John:

John Baglow, whose blog posts (including his May 21st article “Idiots with bombs in Ottawa)” is picked-up on a regular basis by The National Post, is a former Executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, is a writer, researcher and consultant living in Ottawa. A member of the New Democratic Party, Baglow writes occasionally for the online magazines Straight Goods and The Mark. He has been blogging as ” Dr.Dawg ” since 2005, and has lived to regret it more than once.

Dr. Baglow was born in England longer ago than he would prefer. He received his Ph.D in 1973, and his study of MacDiarmid was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 1988. He has had his poetry published in a number of magazines, and two collections, Emergency Measures, by Sono Nis Press in 1976, and Journey Under Glass by Penumbra Press in 2004, as well as writing a book about Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid titled “The Poetry of Self.”

He was a grants officer at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, but left in 1994 when he was elected an Executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, moving on in 2003. He is the owner of a consulting firm, firstwrite, and works in the areas of social and public policy. He lives in Ottawa.

His current interests are anthropology (he is currently finishing his MA on the formation of Nunavut), cookery, and writing of all kinds, including blogging: the order of preference differs from day to day.

John’s Book:

Hugh MacDiarmid: The Poetry of Self

Baglow shows that this search for justification was a focus for MacDiarmid almost from the start, but that it was only with his development of “synthetic Scots” that he begin to grapple with it directly. While at first the idea of a Scottish essence seemed to promise the spiritual foundation MacDiarmid was seeking, as his poetry developed this idea became less important and he came to see poetry as an unrealizable ideal. This reading of MacDiarmid’s poetry, relating it to the modernist movement, will be of value to readers interested in twentieth-century literature.

Media Bites:

May 21st, 2010 article titled “Idiots with bombs in Ottawa” by John Baglow

Idiots with bombs in Ottawa by John Baglow

John Berling Hardy

John Berling Hardy

John B. Hardy, The Hidden Game

About John:

John Berling Hardy was a guest on our November 6th, 2009 show “Revealing The Secrets of The Hidden Game.”

Upon graduating from university, John Berling Hardy apprenticed for his chartered accountancy designation with an international audit firm. Performing audits on Fortune 500 companies afforded John Berling Hardy the opportunity to observe a wide range of corporate environments. Also, it provided him with valuable insight into the internal dynamics of a large professional firm.

John’s time at the Szeged Paprika and Meat Processing Plant in southern Hungary, as crisis manager, was a life defining experience. The company, one of the largest in the local region, was experiencing difficulty and John Hardy was sent in by the lead secured creditor, one of Hungary’s major banks, to do a work out. Ostensibly, this was because of problems related to the liberalization of the economy as it moved from a centrally controlled to a market based economy in the early nineteen nineties.

Even though these challenges were real enough, they concealed another, much darker, reality. This was that a fraud which enlisted the participation of the senior management of the plant, as well as the local bank’s management (John Berling Hardy’s employer), was the real driver of events behind the scenes.

John Berling Hardy’s experiences at the Szeged plant was the inspiration for his book The Hidden Game, which provides the underlying case study reference points for the text. The happenings at the plant are a microcosm which serves to illustrate the essential elements of the Game.

John’s Latest Book:

In the caste of characters which make up our world there is one whose nature is, unabashedly self serving and treacherous, to the core. This is the Player.

Psychologists, doctors and law enforcement officials have a very difficult time dealing with this type of individual because they are so cold and indifferent to others that they shake the foundations of what we believe it means to be human. Having spent a life time dealing with Players in each of the social arenas- work, social, family I have developed a system which has proven itself to be very effective.

For some curious reason, we have this compulsion to believe that deep down, underneath all the external darkness, every villain, no matter how heinous their acts, has a heart of gold. It is beyond my ability to say whether there is any credence to this belief, but the problem with this frame is where it leads us; straight into the clutches of the Players. The Players are very adept at using this predisposition to their own advantage.

Individually, players present enough of a challenge, but when they form into groups, they are far more formidable. There is safety in numbers and once the Players form into a pack, they can come out from the shadows. Now they can exert their influence openly, adding outright intimidation to manipulation.

Conventional approaches to dealing with the Players are doomed to failure because as the Players can see them coming a mile away. we need a new framework with which we can turn the tables on the players, so that instead of playing their game they are tricked into playing ours. Tai Chi, an application of Taoist philosophy to physical conflict, is ideally suited to taking full advantage of the narcissistic, linear mind-set of the players and turning it against them.

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