Canada: Cover-Up on CSEC’s Spying and Police-State Apparatus
“My view is that you don’t take no for an answer,” Harper said. “We haven’t had that but if we were to get that it won’t be final. This won’t be final until it’s approved and we will keep pushing forward.” Harper, who made the remarks at a Canadian American Business Council event, said he’s been in regular contact with President Barack Obama. Harper said it will create 40,000 jobs in the U.S. “The logic behind this project is simply overwhelming,” the prime minister said. Harper said politics has cast doubt on whether the pipeline will be approved but said he’s optimistic it will be approved. “Ultimately, over time, bad politics make bad policy,” he said. “The president has always assured me that he will a make decision that’s in what he believes is in the best interests of the United States based on the facts. I think the facts are clear.” The Obama administration is considering whether to approve the pipeline, which would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta across six U.S. states to the Texas Gulf Coast. A decision late this year or early next year.
Canada PM Won’t Accept US Rejection of Keystone XL
Other documents leaked by Snowden point to the key role CSEC played in the NSAs years-long efforts to crack encrypted data on the internet. According to a recentNew York Timesstory, CSEC had been tasked with working on the standards process for the International Organization for Standardization. During this time, the NSA finessed CSEC into handing over control of the standards process, allowing the US agency to construct a backdoor to secretly decrypt data that millions regarded as safe. A classified NSA memo reads: After some behind-the-scenes finessing with the head of the Canadian national delegation and with [CSEC], the stage was set for NSA to submit a rewrite of the draft Eventually, NSA became the sole editor. WhenMacleansjournalist Jesse Brown posed a direct question to CSEC on the content of the NSA memos, the agencys Director of Public Affairs and Communications Andy McLaughlin only offered an obtuse response that avoided denying that CSEC assisted the NSA in its secret anti-encryption campaign. If CSECs own propaganda is to be believed, a large part of its operations are directed towards tactical and other assistance to the Canadian Armed Forces. During the Canadian militarys most intense involvement in the occupation of Afghanistan, CSEC reportedly contributed intelligence in nearly every major battle or operation involving Canadian troops. The 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act stipulates that the third of CSESs three core mandates is to provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement agencies and security agenciesmost importantly CSIS, the RCMP, and the Canadian Border Agency (CBA). The collaboration between CSIS and CSEC, which has effectively no parliamentary, let alone public, oversight (see http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/22/csec-j22.html), allows the Canadian state to ruthlessly pursue domestic groups and even private citizens who are perceived as threats to the predatory interests of the ruling elite. The rules that reputedly protect Canadians from CSEC surveillance fall-off when the CSEC is working with CSIS and the RCMP. Moreover, CSEC has insisted and the government has endorsed in its ministerial directives to CSEC the anti-democratic claim that the meta-data of Canadians electronic communications is not constitutionally protected communication and therefore can be mined, i.e. collected and scrutinized, at will. Documents released under freedom of information laws and published byThe Guardianshow that the RCMP and CSIS are deliberately blurring the distinctions between terrorism and civil disobedience and other forms of peaceful protest, so as to justify widespread surveillance of anti-government groups. According to theGuardian, Canadas national-security apparatus defines activities such as blocking roads and buildings as forms of assault, while everything from sit-ins to marches can be considered threats or attacks. CSIS and the RCMP have employed this spurious catch-all definition of terrorism to justify surveillance of environmentalist groups, opponents of the Vancouver Olympic Games, the Idle No More movement, and the opposition to the 2010 Toronto G-20 summit. A secret RCMP intelligence assessment asserts that, Multi-issue extremists and aboriginal extremists have demonstrated the intent and capability to carry out attacks against critical infrastructure in Canada. Security and police agencies have been increasingly conflating terrorism and extremism with peaceful citizens exercising their democratic rights to organise petitions, protest and question government policies, explains Jeffery Monaghan of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario Under conditions of the greatest crisis of capitalism since the Great Depression and mounting popular anger over poverty, economic insecurity, and increasing social inequality, it is no rhetorical flourish to insist that the Canadian ruling elite views the mass of the Canadian population as a domestic threat. As more and more Canadian workers and young people enter into direct conflict with big business and their political hirelings in mass demonstrations, strikes, and occupations, they must anticipate and politically prepare for the police state-apparatus that has been constructed in recent decades to be employed to criminalize and ruthlessly suppress opposition to the capitalist status quo.
The organization is no longer exempt from income tax, unless it qualifies as a non-profit organization, and it may be subject to a tax equal to the full value of its remaining assets. Its parent organization in the United States issued a statement on its website distancing itself from its Canadian counterpart, noting that the leadership and management of both of these organizations in Canadaare separate fromISNA in the United States, and that there has been no links of authority or responsibility between the United States andCanadian organizations for a few decades, despite the similarity of names. The American version of ISNA was one of three major Islamic organizations listed by federal prosecutor as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) case. HFL founders were convicted of funnelingmore than $12 million to support Hamas. During that trial, ISNA and thethe North American Islamic Trust werealso listed asentities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama administration has had close relations with ISNA in the U.S. President Obama and his senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, have met multiple times with the president of ISNA. Jarrett in fact spoke at ISNA in 2009. Earlier this month, President Obama himself sent a video-taped message to the 2013 ISNA convention in which he praised ISNA and called the group his partner. And while Americans are well aware of the IRSs laser-like scrutiny of right wing groups applying for charitable status, they will be hard pressed to find any evidence of an IRSs investigation into ISNAs activities. In fact, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the other unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case, had its tax exempt status restored by the IRS, after it had been taken away in 2011 forfailure to file annual tax reports required by federal law. Last weekend was a busy one for Islamic terrorists. In Nairobi, at least 60 people were killed and more than 300 wounded when an upscale shopping center was turned into a killing field by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab. InPeshawar,Pakistan, at least 78 Christians were slaughtered in a suicide attack onAll Saints Church. In Iraq, a string of suicide attacks, including two suicide bombers striking agrouping of funeral tents filled withShiitemourners in Baghdad, claimed another 96 victims.And in Nigeria, Boko Haram terroristsposing as government soldiers slaughtered 142 people at a series of roadside checkpoints. Every one of these, and countless other terrorist operations, requires funding. Where that funding comes from should be one of the primary focuses of every taxing entity in every Western nation, all the political correctness in the world notwithstanding. The CRA is to be applauded.
Canada burger chain A&W taps demand for hormone-free beef
“What we’ve observed from our customers is there is a lot more interest in the food they’re eating, where it comes from,” A&W chief marketing officer Susan Senecal said in an interview on Friday. “We’ve discovered that things like no hormones, no steroids are very, very important to our customers, remarkably so.” Privately held A&W, which has annual sales of about C$850 million ($825 million), said it is the only national burger restaurant in Canada to source only hormone-free beef. Its burger rivals include McDonalds Corp, Burger King Worldwide Inc and The Wendy’s Co. A&W calls itself Canada’s second biggest burger chain with 791 outlets. It is separate from the U.S. restaurants that operate under the same name and it licenses the A&W trademarks from A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund. A&W’s campaign comes as the way food is produced becomes an increasingly prominent issue for restaurants, grocers and consumers. Denver-based burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc is one of the most well-known restaurant companies that uses organic ingredients and antibiotic-free meat when possible. “You see more and more companies trying to go that route,” said Steve West, a restaurant industry analyst at ITG, based in St. Louis. “We’ve seen hamburger chains in the past like Hardee’s and Jack In The Box realizing, ‘we can’t compete with McDonald’s and Burger King on this low-quality, cheap food – we’ve got to take it up a notch.'” Growth promotants help ranchers and feedlots raise more beef using less feed.
Canada Budget Deficit Widens in July as Revenue Falls
The deficit for the month grew to C$1.98 billion ($1.93 billion) from C$1.35 billion a year earlier, the finance department said in a statement . Revenue fell 2.6 percent and public debt charges increased 3.8 percent to C$2.48 billion. Finance Minister Jim Flahertys annual budget, released in March, projected a deficit for the current fiscal year that began April 1 of C$18.7 billion, down from C$25.9 billion the previous year, in large part by reducing direct program expenses. The government anticipates direct program expenses, which dont include transfers to provinces or individuals, to fall to C$119.2 billion this year from C$122.1 billion. Spending on that component in the first four months of the current year rose 5.5 percent to C$34.2 billion. The budget gap for the first four months of the fiscal year widened to C$4.54 billion from C$4.16 billion. The finance department said the government is still on track to meet its 2013 budget targets. Total program expenses including transfers are up 3.4 percent in the four-month period, while revenue has increased 2.6 percent. Spending rose 0.1 percent in July. To contact the reporter on this story: Theophilos Argitis in Ottawa at email@example.com To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at firstname.lastname@example.org More News: