Did CSIS Director Fadden’s Committee Testimony

Help or Prejudice RCC Interests and Objectives? 

© 2010 Brad Kempo B.A. LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor

 

It lasted just over two hours and by the time some 40 minutes had elapsed pretty much what was on the Committee’s mind had been asked and answered.  What remained was repetition, sparsely sprinkled with other topics of nominal importance.  What then was the overall impact on what the RCC is going to achieve?

 

 

There was nothing in the spy chief’s testimony that can be described as a repudiation of what he said during the June 21st CBC interview; rather he underscored repeatedly that investigations which are almost complete and to be forwarded to his political masters within weeks demonstrate that politicians have been unduly influenced by foreign governments.  That can only help what the RCC is going to trigger.  

 

 

Also relevant is the timing of the investigations’ completion.  Indicating they’re almost ready for sending to the Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness means they’ll be delivered just before the RCC’s scheduled national awareness campaign – giving it another shot in the arm and maintaining the perfect conditions for that undertaking.  

 

Spy chief labels foreign political interference 'a concern and a threat'

by Jim Bronskill

The Canadian Press

July 5, 2010

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[…] 

 

Fadden told a rare July sitting of the Commons national security committee Monday that while he provided too much detail in a recent television interview, he stands by the general message.

 

The bespectacled spy master said the prospect of other countries wielding undue sway over Canada's politicians is a "concern and a threat." 

 

"We are dealing here with a spectrum of behaviour by foreign entities that often start out innocently but later veer toward something that actually harms Canadian interests," he told the committee. "This is a very subtle process."

 

[…]

 

Fadden was coy about the countries involved, but did not deny that China was a country of concern for the spy service.

 

Fadden's interview – broadcast on the eve of a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao – enraged critics who said the comments cast aspersions on all elected officials with ties abroad.

 

[…]

 

Under repeated questioning from MPs of all stripes, Fadden would not specify either the provinces or municipalities involved, nor would he name the countries or the individuals. He called those tidbits "operational matters" for government ears only.

 

[…]

 

"I stand by my general message on foreign interference," the CSIS director said. "It is a concern and a threat, it is more common here and elsewhere than many think, and it is desirable that this threat should be known and discussed."

 

[…]

 

New Democrat MP Don Davies, the committee co-chair, accused Fadden of "serious allegations that have tarred a large number of innocent people and ethnic communities, as well, with suspicion and I think you have an obligation to clear the air."

 

Fadden was unmoved, saying CSIS is concerned with the threat from foreign powers working against Canada's interests. "I do not think an apology is necessary."

 

 

Also encouraging is that academic institutes continue to argue what the Fiefdom treatise research project concluded and mainstream media continues to publish their views:

 

Activists say spy chief is right, China is spying

by Brian Lilley

Toronto Star

July 5, 2010

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[…] 

 

John Thompson, who heads up the Mackenzie Institute, a security minded think-tank, says China isn't alone in trying to gain influence. […] [He] says other countries involved in this type of activity include Russia, Saudi Arabia and even allies like France.

 

 

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