PRISM: Top Secret BS

The latest leak from Snowden reveals the shocking aim of Canada’s signals intelligence. Now that the global ware on terrorism is apparently won, the prodigious number of analysts apparently are tasked with corporate espionage for the benefit of Enbridge. That’s a heck of a big, Made In Canada problem the Harper Conservatives had better solve right away.

Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who aided in publishing reports that allege Canada spied on Brazil’s Energy and Mines Ministry, testified in front of a Senate committee in that country on Wednesday.

The columnist with the Guardian newspaper was asked by the congressional committee about what role Canada played in obtaining information.

“They wanted to know specifically what information Canada collected about the ministry, what the objective of the spying was specifically, what exactly the methods that were used to collect this information and evade the system,” Greenwald told the CBC’s Susan Ormiston after testifying.

There’s a lot more to come. This is a disaster for the tight lipped, and previously untarnished spy agency few have heard of. If they were doing what is claimed, and I have no reason to doubt Greenwald’s reporting of Snowden’s earlier corroborated information, then they brought this on themselves by exceeding their earlier mission which wouldn’t have included this sort of collaboration with a Canadian oil company for financial gain.

4 responses to “PRISM: Top Secret BS

  1. .. so go up the chain of fools .. from an ‘in over their heads agency, to a Minister like Kent or Mackay, to some wanks in the PMO, to a Nigel Wright.. to Ray Novak.. until at some point a folder sits on the Prime Minister’s desk with governmental memo to be read and signed per he and PMO and ministers wishes. Or do travesties like this get ‘managed’ orally in The Harper Government?

  2. My main complaint is the CPC attacking carbon caps or pricing. Almost as bad is the corporate tax cuts. All Canada’s corporations are doing is holding cash. The banks are in response to everyone but us, India and Australia, deregulating banking and tanking. So I guess the banks adding 275000 jobs, mostly teller jobs, is an okay response to a recession….
    But the recent ROB or Macleans 500 magazine issue noted our companies are accumulating cash. They note companies all over the world are, despite corporate tax rates not always falling, but as can be seen, global corporate rates have fallen for these globalized companies: http://www.kpmg.com/global/en/
    Lobbying so strongly for corporatism and then not having any imagination, not having any sense of what R+D to invest in and what not to, is a joke. Killing Chretein’s GAI, which rewards Canadians who spend time forming a better world; rich people in Canada are now a bad joke. I can’t wait until I can smoke something in two or three years to forget wjhat happens when Albertans become Cabinet Ministers and a PM. BTW: build a floodway.

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