Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:49 PM
shockedcanadian (576 posts)
Uncovering the busy new life of Canada’s controversial former spy watchdog
I am of the opinion that the SIRC is nothing more than a proxy of CSIS. In the book "Covert Entry", former CSIS contractor John Farell blew the whistle on some of the dirty activities of CSIS. The response he received from the SIRC was that it was not in their "jurisdiction" to investigate CSIS. How strong a backhand could this man receive after courageously outing them and even providing details he received on CSIS letterheads! Ironically, I received the precise response from the SIRC when I put forward my complaint...it was not in their jurisdiction...so just what is the purpose of SIRC if not to investigate complaints against CSIS?
Here is an interesting item from this column:
This isn’t the first time that Dr. Porter has been accused of a conflict of interest. Last year, the National Post revealed that he had entered into a questionable business arrangement with a notorious international consultant named Ari Ben-Menashe. In 2010, Dr. Porter wired Mr. Ben-Menashe $200,000 in personal funds; in exchange, Mr. Ben-Manashe was to secure a $120-million Russian aid package for a company controlled by Dr. Porter. The funds were to be spent on public infrastructure in Sierra Leone, a country beset with poverty and corruption. The deal eventually fell apart.
Three weeks after signing with Mr. Ben-Menashe, Dr. Porter was made chairman of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), which examines activities conducted by Canada’s spy agency, CSIS. The appointment was made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper...
“That is a complete conflict of interest and it raises the spectre of the potential for foreign influence in Canadian affairs — sensitive Canadian affairs,” Wesley Wark, a specialist in the history of intelligence services and national security policy at the University of Toronto, said last year. “The simple fact that someone is on the one hand serving in a very sensitive Canadian position, and on the other hand holds an appointment — however honorific — for a foreign government, is just not ‘on.’ ”
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