Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Canadians have to check Iranian PressTV to find out about CSIS scandal

CSIS headquarters in Ottawa

Back in the day when reality and rationality ruled Canada, if an agency caused the deaths of  329 people and ended up costing the Canadian government hundreds of millions of dollars in investigation and compensation costs...it would have been disbanded, or at the very least, been the target of a thorough investigation.  Particularly so,  if this agency was only one year old at the time of the "cascading series of errors" that led to the catastrophe that was the Air India Flight 182 mid-air explosion over Ireland.

BUT NOooooooooooooooo.....

Please read the summary below of the Air India Tragedy from Wikipedia and I will have more information on the debacle and insidious cancerous mole on the body politic of Canada that is known as CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Services) in comments to follow:

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"Air India Flight 182 was an Air India flight operating on the TorontoMontrealLondonDelhi route. On 23 June 1985, the Boeing 747-237B serving the flight (c/n 21473/330, registration VT-EFO, "Emperor Kanishka") was destroyed by a bomb at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,400 m). It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while in Irish airspace. It was the first bombing of a 747 jumbo jet. A total of 329 people were killed, including 268 Canadian citizens, 27 British citizens and 24 Indian citizens.[1] The incident was the largest mass murder in Canadian history, and the deadliest incident in the history of Air India.

The subsequent investigation and prosecution lasted almost twenty years and was the most expensive trial in Canadian history, costing nearly CAD 130 million. The Governor General-in-Council in 2006 appointed the former Supreme Court Justice John Major to conduct a commission of inquiry. His report was completed and released on 17 June 2010. It concluded that a "cascading series of errors" by the government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) had allowed the terrorist attack to take place.[4]"

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It is shocking and despairing to think that CSIS, an Agency, only one year into operation, could be at the heart of such a malodorous mass murder...and yet today it is still in existence, tremendously powerful and still conducting itself in a manner disgraceful to a civilized, democratic nation.  How can this be?  Well, for one thing...CSIS flies completely under the radar of the media in Canada.  It can do whatever it wants and the media (in particular, the taxpayer-funded National Broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-CBC) will give it a pass.  All its transgressions, if they are reported on at all...are quickly relegated to the back pages.

I was surfing the Internet a few days ago and found this story about CSIS on, of all places, the Iranian national broadcaster PressTV.  Please read the details and I will have more comments to follow:

"Five Canadian spies sue bosses over abusive behavior"


From PressTV
Five agents and analysts at Canada's spy service have filed a lawsuit against their managers over allegations of abusive behaviors, racism and Islamophobia.

On Thursday, the group of employees filed a $27.7 million lawsuit against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), claiming that they had been bullied for over a decade.

"CSIS is a workplace rife with discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse of authority, in which the tone set by management, namely to mock, abuse, humiliate and threaten employees, has permeated the workforce," the lawsuit said.

The group said their managers constantly make derogatory remarks, including that all Muslims are "blood thirsty murderers" or "terrorists." In response, CSIS Director David Vigneault issued a statement on Friday, saying the agency takes the allegations very seriously.
"CSIS does not tolerate harassment, discrimination or bullying under any circumstances," Vigneault said, but he declined to comment on the specific allegations.

The spy agency, which has 3,300 employees, has faced numerous problems since it was established in 1984. In November 2016, a Federal Court judge ruled that CSIS breached its duty to inform the court of its data-collection program.

Richard Fadden, who headed the intelligence service from 2009 to 2013, said he had not noticed such problems when he was in charge, adding, "If some of the allegations are true they need to be dealt with quickly."

Over the past years, the Canadian armed forces have experienced similar issues.

Last November, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police offered an apology to female officers and civilian members. The police also settled claims of harassment, discrimination and sexual abuse made in two other court cases.

Then I saw the same report on RT:


From RT

Three employees who are suing the agency are Muslim, one is gay, and one is black.

The allegations are contained in a 54-page statement of claim filed in Federal Court on July 13 and obtained by local media.

All the plaintiffs and their bosses and colleagues referenced in the lawsuit are identified only by pseudonyms.

A Toronto intelligence officer who has served for 15 years, identified in the claim as ‘Alex,’ is gay and has a Muslim partner. In the claim, he alleges that his manager had sent him an email in October 2015 that said, “Careful your Muslim in-laws don’t behead you in your sleep for being homo.” Another boss, indicated as ‘Joe,’ allegedly wrote: “You’re just a fag hiding in your little corner sobbing.”

Alex also pointed out that he was warned by supervisors and colleagues that pursuing a formal complaint would only make it harder on himself. Nevertheless, he complained in 2016 and was told not to come to management meetings anymore, and was also dismissed from a promotional board to which he had been appointed. When Alex took sick leave in June 2016, the agency’s management allegedly started a “whisper campaign” about Alex “losing his marbles.” As a result, Alex claims he suffered from “severe panic attacks, low mood and depression, weight loss, insomnia and symptoms of PTSD.”

Another employee, identified as Bahira, is a Muslim woman of African descent with 15 years’ service. After starting to wear a hijab, she was allegedly asked about how she could continue with her duties. She had to undergo to a polygraph test and 10-hour interrogation about her Muslim activities and contacts, which was not part of a routine check for intel officers. Since January, Bahira has been on sick leave due to major depressive disorder and major anxiety disorder.

A manager reportedly told a third employee, referred to as ‘Cemal,’ to “complain to Allah.” The man says he heard a supervisor say that he does not hire people with Muslim-sounding names, and was allegedly blocked from promotion. Cemal has been on stress leave since January.

“The culture of CSIS is hostile to Muslims, and this is more than just an unfriendly work environment – it is a deeply ingrained prejudice of distrust for Muslims, which has meant that Muslims are used and managed as needed, but are not part of the team,” he said. The fourth complainant, a Moroccan-born man, says he was accused of being a Moroccan spy and adds that the toxic environment at work led to the failure of his marriage. He claims he experienced numerous threats and rumor-mongering to “undermine his mental well-being and career.” He has been on sick leave for almost a year.

The fifth complainant is reportedly the first black woman at CSIS and has been working for the agency for 16 years. The woman alleges that she regularly heard “snide remarks that she was only promoted because she is a black woman,” was “isolated and ostracized, ridiculed and shamed, all without foundation.” She, too, has been on sick leave since January, with symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. The claimants also said that the managers regularly made derogatory comments about the employees, calling Muslims “blood thirsty murderers” or “terrorists.”

An unidentified witness mentioned in the claim that “The public would be shocked about this if they only knew; we keep our own secrets.” CSIS head David Vigneault responded to the situation, declining, however, to comment on the specific claims.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service takes any allegation of inappropriate behaviour very seriously,” he said. “CSIS does not tolerate harassment, discrimination or bullying under any circumstances,” he said in a statement on Friday.

There are 3,300 employees at CSIS, which was created in 1984."


Finally, I went back to the CBC and saw a report about the scandal that was buried in the list of headlines below the main stories.  And that, folks, is how CSIS is enabled to lurch from one catastrophe to another, from one scandal to another, since it's inception (or should I say from the day the CIA/Mossad mole was embedded) in the Canadian bureaucracy in 1985...one year before it was blamed for the Air India mass murder.

Even the most casual observer of CSIS will acknowledge that it has been "nothing but trouble" for Canada since day one. Reading the accusations of the litigants above, we can see that those in positions of authority are nothing but racist, bigoted fat-assed bureaucrats sucking on the public tit.  But we can also see that they are more than that...they [CSIS] are a cancer on the body politic of Canada.  They need to be surgically removed.   With perverted racists like those quoted above...we can certainly understand the attitude that led to Omar Khadr and Mahar Arar's imprisonment and torture...and pricy tax-payer funded compensation packages.

Canada needs to root these ba$tards out and A$AP!

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