Operation Sidewinder

Yesterday, I posted an article regarding newspaper reports that Richard Fadden, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, had told the CBC that municipal politicians in British Columbia, plus cabinet ministers in two provinces, were under the influence of a foreign government. 

Since then, Fadden has backtracked somewhat, leaving me to suspect that he has been put under severe political pressure, thus perhaps proving the power of the foreign government involved. 

This has caused me to update my analysis, and delete yesterday’s posting. 

By way of background, here are some extracts from yesterday:

“Massive third-world immigration, followed by intensive vote-buying by politicians using the taxpayers’ money, means that we no longer have a “Canada-first” foreign policy; our overseas positions and activities are determined primarily by domestic political concerns.

“It is thus entirely likely that foreign countries wishing to avail themselves of our generosity may well utilise their citizens, and even deliberately send as many as they can, in order to obtain foreign aid and family remittances. 

“Overseas conflicts are often financed by warlords having substantial numbers of their supporters enter Canada, to engage in criminal enterprises and welfare fraud in order to fill their coffers.

“But in my opinion, it is more likely in this case that the culprit is China, whose massive Triad/intelligence/business co-operative network commits more economic and military espionage against us than anyone else in the world. 

“Amongst other activities, the People’s Liberation Army sets up businesses within Canada specifically to obtain “research grants” from the Canadian government, and the results of the research is promptly shipped back to Chinese military laboratories and commercial manufacturers.”

Concern about Chinese infiltration, espionage and influence-acquisition first came to public attention in 1997 when Operation Sidewinder, the top-secret report compiled by a joint RCMP-CSIS team investigating Chinese military and economic espionage in Canada, was trashed. 

All copies of the report were ordered destroyed, but a disgruntled employee released a copy to the press anyway.

Here we are now, more than a decade later, and the CSIS Director suddenly goes public alleging foreign infiltration of Canada at the provincial and municipal levels, indirectly mentioning China. 

Why now?  I suspect because Chinese President Hu Jintao begins a two-day state visit to Canada today in connection with the G8/G20 summit talks.

I think it is very likely that Fadden has deliberately picked the best possible time to force attention to decades of government pussyfooting around the Chinese espionage issue, by embarrassing both the Prime Minister and his guest; perhaps he is deliberately sacrificing himself in order to create a public reaction, and to force the politicians to pay attention.

Sadly, it may already too late, as Chinese influence in Canada is now so pervasive that politicians at all levels seem to voluntarily police themselves in order to avoid risking a backlash at the ballot box.

Regardless of precise motivation, Fadden is putting his job on the line, and it’s inconceivable that he doesn’t know and appreciate the risks he is taking.

Both Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell have requested that proof be offered to support the allegations he has made, and this is a golden opportunity for Fadden to dust off Operation Sidewinder and give it the prominence and exposure it deserves.

We paid a lot of money for the excellent research in that report, and it is inexcusable that it be withheld from us any longer.

And yes, I have read a copy of Operation Sidewinder. 

In my opinion, this extends way beyond military and economic espionage.  Our immigration policies are providing our enemies with powerful political leverage, to manipulate and distort our foreign policies from serving Canadian interests to serving others, who likely regard us merely as simpletons to be exploited at will.

Jeff Goodall