The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Sunday, September 11, 2005
"According to its unclassified 2000 report, funding decreased to CSIS between 1993 and that year by about $70 million, and staff levels decreased 40%. RCMP were trimmed by 2,200 jobs and some $175 million in operational funding.
"It was shortsighted, because there were people saying that while that threat is gone there are others coming."
The government's direction "was clearly naive. But it fit into the Canadian mentality, the illusion that everyone likes us
"The intelligence community - and it's hard for outsiders to grasp this - has a hard time sticking up for itself," says Wark.
"It's very leery of saying, 'We can't do the job with the money you give us'. It fears that there is simply not enough political understanding and support for intelligence work and if it pushes the case too hard, it might not only not get the money it wants, but even less."
Wark is also less flattering with respect to the impact.
"There's no question the money has been expanded exponentially but the problem is it takes a long time in intelligence to transfer money into capability," he says. "What CSIS primarily needed was a considerable increase in its ability to analyze information. It takes five years to create a junior officer and seven to 10 years to create a trained analyst.
"So we're looking at 2011 before we even have a new cadre of experts to analyze threats.
The Internet has created a parallel criminal system, says Tony Cannavino, president of the Canadian Professional Police Association. "Police in this country are already so understaffed that they can't do the job with regular crime in regular cities," he points out.
"So how are they supposed to police an entirely new area of crime - which does relate to national security - with no extra resources or training?"
Also click the links in the article
We're 'safer' since 9/11, but vulnerable
The key players
John O'Neill had been tracking Al Qaeda for years, left the FBI, had just taken up his new duties as head of security at the WTC and died there on 9/11 trying to get the people out.
So four years on we're winning in the Middle East and Central Asia, floundering in Europe and North America. War is hell, but a war that half the country refuses to recognize as such staggers on as a very contemporary kind of purgatory
Posted Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005 at 4:05 p.m.
GIVE US A JOB TO DO
If our leaders will tell us what and where to nail, Americans will do the work. We are adaptable and willing to work hard. As in Vietnam and IRAQ we need a military-type campaign, using both military and non-military personnel.
New Orleans is a critically strategic city because of its port and oil, so highways, airports and infrastructure must be quickly restored. Will we use the "SeaBees" Naval Construction Battalions to repair our bridges and roads, with civilian assistance? Will we set up MASH units to care for the ill? Will we use local housing for shelter supplemented by military tents\barracks?
How should those returning to homes in New Orleans protect themselves? Who should return? What should they bring? What about "burning" debris and the fear of spreading fires? How can sightseeing and looting be limited?
Give us inspirational leaders to offer assurance of success and the entire country will respond, but we need to know that we are following a clear and workable plan. We can show the world once again just how creative and effective our country can be.
Michael S. Ellis, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Now in Houston
Canadian response to Katrina- However much has still to be done on response times-search and rescue have to be dispatched within hours not days
..."the Commander watches television news, increasingly frustrated by what he sees as a clear, and inaccurate, negative bias. “When you get the news back here in the states, it’s all doom and body counts. I only wish the American public could see the incredible progress that is being made every day in Iraq, particularly in places like Mosul.”
ADVISERS appointed by Tony Blair after the London bombings are proposing to scrap the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day because it is regarded as offensive to Muslims.
"On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, it's fair to ask what Canada has learned from that terrible day.
And the easiest way to answer is by posing a few questions.
Four years after 9/11, is our emergency readiness to cope with terrorist attacks or natural disasters any better than it was back then?"..............
Lots of talk and reports ,little action.
"The evidence before Gomery indicates that no one was prepared to accept any responsibility for the improprieties revealed. The age of the artful dodger has arrived!
What we need to know from Gomery is what the proper roles and rules are today for the PM, PMO, and on down.
As it is, the PM has acquired such power that there is a breakdown in applying the proper principles of responsibility, accountability and transparency. This is the real issue! "