Tom Mulcair says it was a "mistake" for Canada to spy on Brazil but there was no mistake involved. On behalf of Canada's extractive industries the government targeted Brazilian companies. It was an extensive and protracted exercise in commercial espionage. It's the sort of skulduggery that has Stephen Harper's hoofprints all over it.
CBC News has just released a look at the Communications Security Establishment Canada agency's new, $1.2-billion headquarters now nearing completion. Not surprisingly, it will house the most powerful computer in the nation, the better to spy on everyone from security threats to competitors to dissidents to ordinary, everyday Canadians.
The nerve centre of the agency is a separate concrete bunker the size of a football field, home to what is being touted as the most powerful super-computer in the country, along with its mammoth electrical power generators and cooling systems.
When fully operational, the data centre alone will apparently suck up enough electricity to light much of the nation’s capital.
Adams says a lack of electrical and computing power is the main reason the agency is having to move from its current location in south Ottawa, a cluster of buildings dating back to the 1960s, the main one previously occupied by the CBC.
He says the agency’s existing computers could only run at 60 per cent capacity without overloading the local power grid.
CSEC also needs about three times more computing power than it has, plus a full backup, Adams says. “There are more transactions at CSEC on a daily basis than all of our banks combined.”
Make no mistake about it. With Stephen Harper at the wheel, the CSEC presents a grave and unaccountable threat to Canadian democracy and to the privacy of every Canadian.