Canada Defence Min declines to answer question from NDP about CBC report on NSA/G20 surveillance—
Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) November 28, 2013
Nicholson won't comment on foreign intelligence activities. He says CSEC prohibited from spying on Cdns.. won't say if they did or didn't.—
Michael Den Tandt (@mdentandt) November 28, 2013
Remember the Fake Lake? Maybe it was a giant cover for an underwater spy base? No, of course it wasn’t, that’s silly. What is real though is the Prime Minister refusing to get or give honest answers about which laws were broken by our signals intelligence organization.
The office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is declining to comment on allegations that Canadian authorities allowed a U.S. intelligence agency to spy on dozens of delegates during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits held in Canada.
The allegations are once again shining a light on Canada’s involvement in spying on world leaders, as previously leaked documents revealed that Canadian authorities have participated in similar espionage in the past.
The new allegations are contained in top secret documents retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden that were obtained by the CBC, and outlined in a report Wednesday.
The documents, according to the CBC, show that American authorities used the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa as a command post for the National Security Agency to conduct a spy operation that was approved by Canadian authorities during the summits held in Toronto and Huntsville, Ont. NSA briefing notes, according to the report, described the plan as “closely co-ordinated with the Canadian partner.” It’s alleged that the “partner” is the Communication Security Establishment of Canada.
Canada’s eavesdropping agency defends practices after Brazil spying report
Canada spied on Brazil’s mine and energy ministry: report
Canada’s eavesdropping agency helped spy on London G20 summit”
It’s worth remembering that marketers should not drive scientific research.
Cigarettes are dangerous?
We’d better make them appear less dangerous so they will still sell.
I know, let’s filter the smoke. This fibre seems to do some filtering, or at least we can convince people of that.
Wait, what’s the fibre? Asbestos.
Something other than oil would be nice.
SK Climate Hearings talked about some of these solutions.
Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s story — and reputation — still hanging on by a thread
Look, it’s still possible for the MSM to cling to the narrative that the PM didn’t know about the illegal activity going on in his office (that he gave the “go ahead” to, according to Wright in an email). What’s wrong with Coyne and the NatPo giving the PM a fair shake you might ask?
Consider their presentation of the choices:
Knowing about the crime vs. authorizing the crime vs. being so dumb as to not realize there was a crime? “What’s the truth?” we’re asked in a rhetorically suggestive sort of way.
They are all false choices, given the information in the RCMP ITO. There’s a little thing known as Ministerial Responsibility. Let’s let John Baird explain it, as only the best orator in the House can? “One of the essence [sic] of our Parliamentary democracy.”
The Prime Minister is responsible for the alleged illegal actions of Wright. The PM must resign or accept another serious consequence for appointing someone capable of bribery and breach of trust to run his office. If he knew and/or authorized the crime, the RCMP can later charge Harper too. The priority now is to maintain the dignity of the office and position of Prime Minister, by encouraging the current schmuck to vacate the position.
Will the media work toward this mission, or the one indicating the Prime Minister retains credibility after being caught in multiple lies while speaking in the House?
Take 15 minutes, and listen to the last 5 years of Canadian politics be summed up off the top of my head.
What’s the PM’s next lie? Pretend he was on Crack, or in a Drunken Stupor when he gave Nigel Wright the go ahead to bribe Duffy?
Is it not obstruction of justice to knowingly give false answers to police? Asking for a senator.—
Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 21, 2013
It’s too late for the Prime Minister to say he’s sincerely, sincerely, sincerely sorry. Resign. Resign today.
CBC was reporting that RCMP are calling the payment between Wright and Duffy a “bribe” and “breach of trust”. No charges yet. How come there are no charges from the Crown prosecutor?! The justice system shouldn’t wait until there is an angry protest 24/7 outside of the PMO before they enforce the law once they’ve discovered evidence of serious crime.
READING INTERNAL PMO EMAILS RENDERS ME A LITTLE GODDAMNED CYNICAL, YOU GUYS—
Cranky Kady (@crankykady) November 20, 2013
Listen to a Harper Minister clearly state that Ministers are responsible for the actions of their staff.
Wright bribed Duffy, and Harper is responsible, whether he knew or not. It’s just icing on the cake for his opponents if he knew and lied to Parliament when he clearly claimed he didn’t know.
Police allege that Wright says PM was informed "in broad terms" abt his personal assistance to Duffy. What exactly were those broad terms?—
Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) November 20, 2013
To be clear, new ITO shows PMO wasn't just jury-rigging Senate report — they tried to shape the actual Deloitte audit. Amazing.—
Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) November 20, 2013
Since mid-May I’ve been referring to the payoff of Duffy as a “bribe“. Glad to see the RCMP caught up to my understanding of what’s in the news.
Andrew Prescott got instructions from Jenni Byrne to avoid Elections Canada until she could consult a lawyer. Prescott’s work on the Guelph Conservative campaign in 2011 earned him notoriety for having a computer used also by Pierre Poutine. Some would conclude he’s at the very least met Poutine, but has managed to dodge being compelled to testify in court as to that. Poutine at the very least managed to pick the same robocall company Prescott used to make legitimate robocalls for the Conservative CPC campaign.
A list of some of the witnesses, one or two proved liars by Sona’s travel documents.
There’s not been this much chatter on blogs about the robocalls election fraud scandal in quite a few months. If the Conservatives are worried there’s too much scrutiny, we could be distracted by the allegations by Mike Duffy that he was blackmailed by the Prime Minister, again?
If some Conservatives were lying about when they supposedly spoke to Michael Sona about a robocall scheme, how dependable are similar stories from other Conservatives egged on by the party’s lawyer, Arthur Hamilton?
Some of the most damaging testimony, according to a sworn statement by Elections Canada investigator Allan Mathews, comes from Rebecca Dockstaeder, who worked for CPC MP Chris Warkentin.
According to the Mathews document, Sona allegedly came by her office and that of another Warkentin staffer, John Schudlo, and boasted of his robocalls work “a week to 10 days” after the May 2, 2011 election. That would mean between May 9 and May 12.
However travel records show that Sona flew on US Airways to Aruba, in the Caribbean, on May 7 and only returned late on May 14th, a Saturday. He was not back in his office – he worked on communications for Tory MP Rob Moore – until May 16, the Monday.
Let’s examine both the evidence against Sona being Pierre Poutine, and the evidence for that case:
- He worked on the Guelph Conservative campaign, 1 of 247 campaigns said by Elections Canada to have experienced irregular robocalls [misleading non-Conservative voters].
- There’s a recording of a bilingual illegal robocall from Guelph, that used the Conservative Information Management System (CIMS) to identify who to phone.
- Conservatives located by the party’s top lawyer, Hamilton, told Elections Canada they each heard a similar story from Sona after the election, bragging about making illegal phonecalls.
- Sona’s lawyer has evidence that his client was not in Canada at the time some Conservative staff witnesses claimed to have spoken to the accused former Conservative staffer Sona.
- Sona is not bilingual, so could not record a translated version of the call, without assistance. He is the only accused.
- Sona may have had access to CIMS, but not without CPC HQ’s authorization, and they’d have a record of all CIMS access logged in a way that Sona could not delete such logging. The CPC has not provided evidence that Sona’s CIMS account accessed this data. He’d also have no access to phone numbers from other ridings where different calls were made.
- Guelph CPC paid Andrew Prescott to make legitimate robocalls for their campaign, through RackNine. That was the same firm Pierre Poutine chose to make illegal robocalls from, using Prescott’s computer.
- It is unanswered how Hamilton managed to sit in on Elections Canada’s interviews with witnesses he’d located for Al Mathews, since he was not representing those witnesses as their lawyer.
Five of the staffers came to the attention of Mathews thanks to Hamilton, who sat in on the interviews as counsel for the party, which has raised questions about the independence of the investigation.
Mathews testified on Wednesday that the witnesses showed up for the interviews with Hamilton.
“They presented themselves with him in tow,” he said.
What seems more plausible to me than the story put forward by the Conservative Party, is Sona has been made to take the fall for the entire RoboCon conspiracy, which had to have included a systems administrator at CPC HQ to delete log files at a minimum, and grant superuser access to phone numbers across the country. Besides that simple detail, along with his inability to program a bilingual robocall, Elections Canada would appear to be grasping. There should be a charge of obstruction against the Conservative Party’s system admin at the least, for being unable to provide an explanation of why specific logs were destroyed before investigators got to them.
We know the CPC have a long stretch of deleting incriminating files, in part thanks to Mike Duffy.
One of the not-so-solemn duties of the blogosphere is to hold the Main Stream Media in check when they go a little astray. I’m not sure if I should hold Andrew Coyne’s hand as I walk him back to where he was a week ago, or if I should slap it for being caught in the Conservatives’ propaganda cookie jar. Mmmm, raisins.
Here’s where Coyne was last week:
Here he was 3 weeks ago:
Now, on to a new target; starting a new news cycle so we don’t get bored worrying about how a secretive, extortive Prime Minister is running his office or his party:
You know you’ve taken a wrong turn, when Sun News is gloating that you’re trying to do their job as Conservative Propaganda Distributor (CoPD):
COPD is a fatal lung ailment, brought on typically through a sufferer’s own abuse through repeated consumption of harmful material (smoking). CoPD is killing the usefulness of political pundits, who’ve consumed so many Conservative propaganda attack ads, they’ve begun to accept them as fair ways to frame criticism of targets in those ads.
Any message from a political attack ad should be taboo for a political pundit on TV who isn’t paid by a political party. These messages have been crafted, after they’ve been study-grouped to gauge their psychological damage. To later become a distributor of such a message should be the greatest sin of journalism.
Coyne: “the reach of Justin Trudeau’s intellect keeps exceeding its grasp”
Conservative propaganda since last year: #InOverHisHead
#cdnpoli #roft Uhoh! #CPC Attack ad tells a lie. #Trudeau was quoting his father. lmao #Harper is #InOverHisHead fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/04/15/chr…—
Penny Mills (@Pennyvane10) April 16, 2013
Yeah, the attack ad was dumb. It’s also working on even a leading Canadian political commentator who recently was concerned that Trudeau’s opposition is BLACKMAILING A SENATOR.
Old, but important in understanding that PM Harper’s corrupt team isn’t new at it.