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CSEC conducted espionage activities for U.S. in 20 countries, according to top-secret briefing note
A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the request of the U.S. National Security Agency.
The leaked NSA document being reported exclusively by CBC News reveals Canada is involved with the huge American intelligence agency in clandestine surveillance activities in “approximately 20 high-priority countries."
(Communications Security Establishment Canada) ..."CSEC shares with the NSA their unique geographic access to areas unavailable to the U.S," the document says.
The briefing notes make it clear that Canada plays a very robust role in intelligence-gathering around the world in a way that has won respect from its American equivalents.
Wesley Wark, a Canadian security and intelligence expert at the University of Ottawa, says the document makes it clear Canada can take advantage of its relatively benign image internationally to covertly amass a vast amount of information abroad.
"Just think of certain foreign agreements or relationships that Canada actually enjoys that the United States doesn't, and under the cover of those relationships, guess what you can conduct? These kinds of secret surveillance or collection efforts."
Telling the government what people are saying about it has become a multimillion-dollar industry in Canada. Ottawa has awarded outside companies $10.5 million worth of contracts for media monitoring so far this year. The contracts involve reading newspapers, Twitter, Facebook and blogs to catalogue what is being said about the government.
I wouldn't be so quick to give Harper the credit. Doubt if at all he cooked up this idea. This is just him being the good little boy,and doing as he's told.
...Harper being on the Bilderberger's list of guest even before being Prime Minister was assuredly not good for Canadians, and the world apparently.
...what is the end game?
Is it me or is all this Snowden stuff being release just desensitizing the world. Well, here we go again, Just another country in bed with the NSA, whats new?
Is that the Idea to flood the media with Snowden leaks. It will get to the point where the masses won't care anymore about these leaks. '
Just a thought. But if this is the case then Why , what is the end game?
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Wow I did not know that... Im still proud to be a canuck though.
Our Canadian government is Not that great and yes we have turned to the dark side in recent years. But if Iceland can overthrow their government and banking system why cant we?
We can stand up and make a change, the only thing is EVERY ONE must be on board.
My opinion is this, Either we keep bitching about it or we do something about it.
Last month, a secret meeting called the North American Forum was held in Banff. The theme of the three-day event was "Continental Prosperity in the New Security Environment." Dozens of powerful figures from across North America attended. Many of the delegates are rumoured to have arrived at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel by bus in the middle of the night. It all sounds a bit like a conspiracy nut's black-helicopter fantasy, but the North American Forum is real and so was the meeting. The delegates met from Sept. 12 to 14 under the joint chairmanship of Pedro Aspe, the former finance minister of Mexico; Peter Lougheed, the former premier of Alberta; and George Schultz, the former U.S. secretary of state. A number of prominent names from North American business, government and military are listed as participants, including former Canadian cabinet minister Perrin Beatty, Canadian Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier and former U.S. secretary of defence James Schlesinger. Topics included: "A Vision for North America: Issues and Options"; "Toward a North American Energy Strategy"; "Opportunities for Security Cooperation in North America"; "Demographic and Social Dimensions of North American Integration" and "Border Infrastructure and Continental Prosperity."