Canada Ditches Obama’s Favorite Terror-funding Charity

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 , 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. On the basis of secret government directives, Canadas national security apparatus is conducting mass surveillance of Canadians parallel to, if not directly patterned after, the domestic spying operations of the U.S.

Canada: Cover-Up on CSEC’s Spying and Police-State Apparatus

Complete with flow charts, it detailed funding transactions between ISNA Canada andthe Kashmiri Canadian Council/Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada(KCC/KRFC), a group the CRA considers non-qualified donees under Canadas Income Tax Act . The CRA believes ISNA Canada did this for the purpose of relinquishing control of the funds to the KCC/KRFC, who in turn sent money to thePakistani-based Relief ISNA Development for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM)for ostensible relief work in Kashmir. ISNA Canada supplied official donation receipts to the donors, while itdisbursed more than $280,000 to ROKM, either directly, or via KCC/KRFC. The CRA said the ROKM is the charitable arm of theJamaat-e-Islami, a political groupthat contests the legitimacy of the Indian governments control over the state of Kashmir, to the point of advocating secession. ROKMs efforts includes activities perpetrated byits armed wing, theHizbul Mujahideen. The Council of the European Union considerstheHizbul Mujahideena terrorist organization as does theGovernment of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, which cites Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 as the basis of that designation. The foundation facilitated the transfer of resources that may have been used to support the efforts of a political organization . . . and its armed wing, the CRA said in a letter sent to ISNA Canada.Canadas commitment to combating terrorism extends to preventing organizations with ties to terrorism from benefiting from the tax advantages of charitable registration, it added. Acting ISNA Canada presidentG.

Canada burger chain A&W taps demand for hormone-free beef

The company has worked on its plan for 18 months, lining up suppliers in Canada, the United States and Australia. Senecal said A&W’s beef costs will climb, but it has no plans to raise burger prices. “I think we’ll get lots more customers and sell lots more burgers,” she said. But West said A&W will have to raise prices at some point to reflect its higher costs unless it’s willing to absorb a slimmer margin, which is unlikely. Canada is the world’s 11th biggest beef producer, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says all Canadian beef is “safe, wholesome and nutritious.” In a statement, it said Canadian ranchers have used growth promotants for more than four decades, and the products are approved by the country’s health department. “Science shows that the amount of hormone in a serving of meat from a treated animal is virtually indistinguishable from the amount of hormone in an untreated animal,” said CCA spokeswoman Gina Teel. The decision is aimed to satisfy a consumer preference, and A&W makes no claims that beef without added hormones or steroids is more healthy or nutritious, Senecal said. Meat processors have also been examining how cattle are raised. Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S.