Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wikileak: Canadians Have ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Worldview

« Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a press conference.
(Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
The Wikileak scandal has splashed into Canada—dousing Canadians with a dose of big brother reality. Officials at Canada’s top intelligence agency say the country is living in a make-believe wonderland where everyone is your friend and nobody would ever dream of harming you—even as Hezbollah has been allowed to set up camp in the country!
According to leaked reports, Canada’s top spy told U.S. officials that Canadian courts were severely hampering efforts to stop terrorists from turning Canada into an international terror planning center. Courts and Islamist-employed lawyers have tied intelligence agents in knots as they fight Islamist terror plots in Canada and abroad, he said. In general, Canadians and Canadian courts have an “Alice in Wonderland” mentality, he said.
This blunt assessment came from Jim Judd, the former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (csis), and was made in 2008 and 2009, and reported by then U.S. Counselor of the State Department Eliot Cohen.
Several Canadian Islamist terrorists have been an ongoing source of legal headaches for the csis, including Momin Khawaja (the fertilizer bomb plotter), the Toronto 18 (a network of Islamists who planned multiple attacks throughout Ontario) and Said Namouh (who threatened to ignite car bombs in Germany and Austria if they did not remove troops from Afghanistan).
The leak also reveals that Canada has active Iranian-backed Hezbollah operatives living within its borders. Judd told Cohen that the csis responded to possible terror operations by “vigorously harassing” known members of the banned terrorist group.
Judd also told U.S. counterparts that “he and his colleagues are ‘very, very worried’ about Iran.” Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security agency requested its own backdoor private “channel of communication to Canada,” he said. The Iranians had proposed to “help” on Afghan issues, including terror plots, but Judd said the csis had “not figured out what they are up to.” He did say it was obvious that Iran wanted nato to slowly “bleed” in Afghanistan.
In response to the court-ordered release of a video showing Canadian terrorist and murderer Omar Khadr being interrogated, “He observed that the images would no doubt trigger ‘knee-jerk anti-Americanism’ and ‘paroxysms of moral outrage, a Canadian specialty,’ as well as lead to a new round of heightened pressure on the government to press for Khadr’s return to Canada.”
Canadian officials say the leaked documents will not have an effect on Canada’s relationship with the U.S.
But this may be wishful thinking. So far just a few of the over 2,400 leaked U.S. documents concerning Canada have been released. If Canadian officials feel the same way after all 2,400 are exposed to the world, then that will be either a grand accomplishment—or more proof of Canada’s “Alice in Wonderland” worldview.