David Kris, the former assistant attorney general for national security and an expert on FISA, didn’t mince words when he reacted to the news.
“The release of FISAs like this is off the charts,” he wrote. “It is especially unprecedented considering that the FISAs have already gone through declassification review and the President is overruling the judgments of his subordinates to require expanded disclosure.”
Joyce Alene Vance, a longtime former federal prosecutor, largely agreed.
“Releasing FISA materials compromises national security,” she wrote. “Publicly releasing evidence during an ongoing criminal investigation is unprecedented.”
But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance.”
“Is Stephen Harper’s Temporary Foreign Worker program deeply flawed? Yes. Did Harper boost the program in order to create an underclass of workers with fewer rights than Canadian citizens? Yes. As a result, should Unifor let them be treated as disposable and let scores of hardworking TFWs be deported? Absolutely not. Many of the employers who invited them here may have been acting unethically, but the workers arrived here in good faith and have worked hard to contribute to the Canadian economy.”
It is stories like this that show “Unions Are Still Necessary” in todays Labour market. If it were not for Unions it would not just be the TFW’s employers would be trying to exploit, but the average worker could be out on a limb.