Nagata links RCMP C-IRG, Coastal GasLink, former CIA Director David Petraeus and US military counter-insurgency manual

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Video still of David Petraeus with KKR corporate logo on his vest in 2023; photo of Petraeus in Iraq in 2007.

Ricochet reports: “The RCMP’s Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG), a special unit that polices Indigenous resistance against resource extraction in British Columbia, has adopted the playbook from former CIA director David Petraeus, according to a presentation at a summit held on Wet’suwet’en territory this week.”

Here’s how they report on Kai Nagata, communications director at Dogwood BC, connecting the dots between the C-IRG unit and Petraeus:

“In [December] 2019, the global investment firm Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co (KKR) purchased a 65 per cent equity interest in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project from TC Energy Corporation through a separately managed infrastructure account in partnership with the National Pension Service of Korea.”

“On its website, KKR states that when you partner with them “you benefit from the breadth and expertise of the entire firm.” Some of that “expertise” comes from chairman and founder David Petraeus, the former director of the CIA, and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Petraeus is also the author of U.S. army publication FM-3-24 MCWP 3-33.5 Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies, a four-step playbook on how to quash insurgents.”

Excerpt from the foreword for FM 3-24.

– “The RCMP’s chief superintendent John Brewer is the C-IRG’s gold commander. In 2010, he served as NATO’s senior police advisor to Afghanistan under Petraeus. It was under his leadership that C-IRG raided Gidimt’en territory in 2021.”

Photo of Brewer in Afghanistan in 2010; photo of Brewer on Wet’suwet’en territory.

“Since those dramatic raids [of January 2019, February 2020 and November 2021], land defenders living on Gidimt’en territory have had to contend with constant video and photo surveillance, stress-inducing traffic stops, harassment and intimidation, walk-throughs at every hour of the night and day, sometimes blasting loud music from an RCMP truck, as well as physical searches and restraints with zip ties. These tactics are designed to wear an insurgent opponent down.”

Video still: C-IRG on Wet’suwet’en territory, May 2022.

“The arrests and intimidation have kept many allies away. Land defenders and their families are exhausted by ongoing surveillance and intimidation and some balk at returning to the sites of trauma on their own land.”

To read the full article in Ricochet by Sidney Coles, please see: Playbook for RCMP’s Wet’suwet’en raids provided by former U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan (August 17, 2023).

You can also read our article: Jon Stewart interviews retired US Army General David Petraeus with links to KKR, investors in the Coastal GasLink pipeline (March 12, 2023).

It notes: “Petraeus served for 37 years in the United States Army, including as the commander of US Forces in Iraq from February 2007 to September 2008 and then in Afghanistan from July 2010 to July 2011. After the US Army, Petraeus served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from September 2011 to November 2012.”

Petraeus is now a Partner at KKR as well as the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which he established in May 2013.

This article cites The Guardian that has reported that the US Pentagon sent Colonel James Steele, a “counterinsurgency specialist” and veteran of the “dirty wars” in Central America, specifically El Salvador and Nicaragua, to oversee the police commando units in Iraq that set up torture centres to get information from insurgents.

The Guardian highlights: “Retired Colonel James H Coffman, worked alongside Steele in detention centres that were set up with millions of dollars of US funding. Coffman reported directly to General David Petraeus.”

Video still: Coffman and Steele.

The article in The Guardian can be read at: Revealed: Pentagon’s link to Iraqi torture centres. Exclusive: General David Petraeus and ‘dirty wars’ veteran behind commando units implicated in detainee abuse (March 6, 2013).

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