Five times convicted fraudster Bruce Carson — currently under RCMP investigation for influence peddling and illegal lobbying of Indian Affairs to obtain a water filtration contract that would have netted his 22-year old fiancee, Michele McPherson, 20% of sales — was granted a secret security clearance in 2006 by some “low level staffer,” just so he could be Harper’s “main player “and “point man” on the top secret and sensitive Afghanistan file.
“. . . starting in 2007, Carson was a regular participant in daily telephone briefings on Afghanistan involving senior officials from departments such as foreign affairs, defence, RCMP, justice and corrections. ‘It was evident to all the departments that he was the main player, Harper’s point man on the file,’ said one source familiar with the briefings. ‘He was given the most sensitive file to work on.'”
So while Stockwell Day was braying in the House in 2007 that even to question the treatment of detainees was tantamount to treason, a convicted felon was briefing his Correction Services Canada inspections team in Afghanistan “on a daily basis” and possibly figuring out what to do about Corrections Canada requests for boots suitable for “walking through blood and fecal matter on patrol or in the prison”.
“While Harper has a national security adviser, it was left to Carson, chief policy analyst, to stickhandle the Afghan file on a daily basis. His focus was usually on how the mission was being communicated here in Canada rather than on developments in the field, the source said.”
Ah yes, putting a happy face on war crimes:
“Canadian diplomats in Afghanistan were ordered in 2007 to hold back information in their reports to Ottawa about the handling of the prisoners, say defence and foreign affairs sources. The instruction — issued soon after allegations of torture by Afghan authorities began appearing in public — was aimed at defusing the explosive human-rights controversy, said sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“The controversy was seen as ‘detracting from the narrative’ the Harper government was trying to weave around the mission, said one official. ‘It was meant to put on a happy face,’ he added.
“The instruction was passed over the telephone by senior officials in the Privy Council Office.”
Impolitical says: “Incompetent leadership . . . left the highest, most sensitive affairs of Canada in Bruce Carson’s hands without the proper security clearance” But I think Harper knew exactly why he wanted the felon they called ‘The Mechanic.”
By the way, how is the more recent stickhandling of the Afghan detainee documents progressing, 16 months after they were demanded by Parliament?
March 3, 2011: Secret Afghan documents could be ready in two weeks, say Liberals (a month ago).
So, while the Cons have been stonewalling on handing over the Afghan detainee documents to our duly elected members of Parliament, some unelected convicted felon buddy of Harper’s was the Afghan file “point man” during the time in question.