CSIS Chief Should be Applauded for Openness 

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In Praise of CSIS Director Richard Fadden

 

© 2010 Brad Kempo B.A. LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor

 

What do you think would have happened if Director Fadden kept mum about his investigations?  Do you think the Conservative government would have publicized findings or swept them under the carpet, allowing for unconstitutional and unlawful Chinese interests to flourish as they have since the 1970s?    

 

The three-and-a-half year edification campaign proved that even blanketing all of government on its three levels and the four constituents of the administration of justice didn’t produce what was expected – a collective awareness that naturally triggers investigations and thereafter reform and accountability.  So what would have happened if the CSIS Director didn’t step into the public limelight?  That’s a rhetorical question, since we all know the operators of the triangle of power and wealth would have buried everything like The Sidewinder Report and it would have been ‘business as usual’ in perpetuity for Chinese joint governance, economy monopolization and the embezzlement of the country’s prosperity.  One only need look at how those across the parliamentary isle are reacting: 

 

CSIS report must be made public, Liberals say

by Richard J. Brennan

The Star

July 6, 2010

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OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper owes it to all Canadians to make public a CSIS report naming provincial politicians and B.C. municipal officials under the influence of foreign governments, Liberal critic MP Marlene Jennings said Tuesday.

 

Jennings was reacting to statements by Canada’s top spy, Richard Fadden, alleging that two unnamed provincial cabinet ministers somewhere in Canada as well as B.C. municipal officials were being influenced by foreign agents.

 

“Right now you have every single B.C. municipal official and every cabinet minister in British Columbia under a cloud of suspicion,” she told reporters. 

 

“The Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety have been silent for too long.”

 

 

So kudos to him for falling not on his sword, but rather a butter knife – willing to take a nominal hit to his reputation to expose what had to be and triggering a national discussion and debate on what is a profoundly serious matter concerning our collective national and economic security.  And in doing so he’s paved the way for the RCC’s awareness campaign, scheduled for launch in August. 

 

 

 

 

CSIS chief should be applauded for openness

by Dale Boire

Ottawa Citizen

July 8, 2010

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Re: We should thank Richard Fadden, July 3.

 

It is unfortunate that some members of a House of Commons committee are trying to place a negative spin on Richard Fadden's comments. The CSIS director was being forthright with his observations about foreign interference. Although diplomacy and lobbying may be the more traditional methods of trying to influence outcomes, it would be naive to think that Canada would be immune from the more devious practices referred to by Fadden. Denying the problem simply weakens our ability to confront the reality. Fadden's openness should be applauded not criticized.  

 

Fadden’s candor refreshing

by Adrian Wyld

Toronto Star

July 7, 2010

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Re: Top spy regrets candor, July 7  

 

What we need from politicians and political appointees is more candor, not less. CSIS director Richard Fadden should be honoured for his courage in telling the truth rather than hiding his views and knowledge through evasion and lies. 

 

Of course, his political masters are suitably outraged since truth is something with which they have little experience. When they open their mouths it is often to make statements that are politically expedient and certainly not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

 

J. Richard Wright, Niagara on the Lake

 

 

It seems to me incomprehensible that politicians could take gifts and not feel that there may, at the very least, be an appearance of a conflict of interest. Does anyone think that foreign governments are giving away trips out of the goodness of their hearts. To paraphrase Cicero, nations do not have friends, only interests. Those politicians that are offended should look closely at their behaviour and the behaviour of the ones who took benefits.

 

Terry Robert, Winnipeg

 

 

Canadian Security Intelligence Service Director Richard Fadden was not the first to warn Canadians of corruption in the government that places lives in danger. Brian McAdam also tried years ago and was muzzled by the RCMP and CSIS. Apparently our PMO has more than violations of the Geneva Convention to hide? 

Frank Docherty, Little Britain 

 

 

 

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