Former Vancouver loser Craig Cobb wants to lure white supremacists to North Dakota
Former Downtown Eastside resident Craig Cobb is back in the news.
According to the Province newspaper, the supposed white-supremacist rabble rouser is trying to persuade fellow white racists to move to an enclave he's purportedly creating in North Dakota.
I can remember writing articles about this loser back in 2010 when he videotaped antiracist activists who attended an anti-Nazi rally at the Braid SkyTrain station.
It was a brazen act worthy of condemnation.
A year earlier, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch news service reported that Cobb had been kicked out of Estonia in 2006 after trying to set up an International Office of White Diaspora in the Baltic country.
Cobb was also sent packing from Finland after being held in an immigration-detention centre with Africans and Middle Easterners, according to Hatewatch.
It would be comical if it weren't so threatening.
After all, Scandinavia produced one of the deadliest white supremacists of the modern era: Anders Behring Breivik.
In December 2010, Cobb was charged in Vancouver with promoting hatred through his website.
The RCMP had arrested him the previous June at the Vancouver Public Library.
Is Cobb a fink?
I've sometimes privately wondered if Cobb might actually be working for law-enforcement authorities in an undercover capacity.
It wouldn't be the first time this has happened.
Grant Bristow turned out to be a Canadian Security Intelligence Service operative who infiltrated the neo-Nazi movement in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s.
I have no proof that Cobb is another Bristow, but his travelling road show would be a wonderful way for police to entrap hateful racists around the world.
This suspicion of mine surfaced after I phoned the Mounties in 2010 to inquire about Cobb videotaping local activists.
The call was never returned. That's unusual in this era of hyper-vigilant police media relations.
It left me wondering why local cops seemed to be going easy on a man who's been described as a "hard-core white supremacist" and operator of "one of the nastiest hate sites" on the Internet.
By the time charges were laid in Vancouver, he had already skedaddled across the border into the United States. And he can't be extradited on the charges he's facing here. How convenient.
If the U.S. DEA can drag Marc Emery's ass across the border for selling marijuana seeds when he was never charged in Canada, it's difficult to believe that all-powerful U.S. authorities would be unable to get Cobb to step foot in Canada.
So why would I suggest that Cobb might be an undercover agent? Why blow his cover?
Well, if he's the real deal—a genuinely hateful racist demogogue— then at the very least, I may have planted a seed of doubt in the minds of any racists who read this post.
That just might make him a little less trustworthy to his friends.