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Bruce Carson was top adviser on Afghanistan

Former PMO official granted access to sensitive military files


 

Bruce Carson served as Stephen Harper’s main adviser on Afghanistan and had access to sensitive information about the military mission according to a report in the Toronto Star. The paper’s source described Carson’s role as chiefly concerned with managing perceptions of the mission at home rather than operations on the field. “The PMO micromanaged the whole thing,” the source said. “They were always a bloody handful to deal with.” Harper says he knew about Carson’s fraud convictions in the early 1980s, but says he would not have hired him had he known about Carson’s subsequent convictions for fraud and court-ordered psychiatric treatment in 1990.

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Bruce Carson was top adviser on Afghanistan

  1. I’d like to know more about Carson’s involvement with Afghan officials. It is common knowledge that Afghan government is riddled with corruption. If someone like Carson, who has demonstrated that he can cross ethical boundaries, was in contact with Afghan corruption, was he ever tempted by offers that might be “inappropriate”?

    Legitimate questions. This is why we vet people who are in our government.

  2. I’d like to know more about Carson’s involvement with Afghan officials. It is common knowledge that Afghan government is riddled with corruption. If someone like Carson, who has demonstrated that he can cross ethical boundaries, was in contact with Afghan corruption, was he ever tempted by offers that might be “inappropriate”?

    Legitimate questions. This is why we vet people who are in our government.

    • crooks of a feather … hooker together

  3. Maybe Carson knows what's in the Detainees Files……

    The Harper Regime: You can't make this stuff up. Priceless (and sad)

  4. crooks of a feather … hooker together

  5. given what Harper knew about Carson's background this is almost beyond belief
    "Carson did not have Top Secret clearance"
    and was Harper's top adviser on Afghanistan? what???

    guest's statement is so true its pathetic
    The Harper Regime: You can't make this stuff up. Priceless (and sad)

  6. given what Harper knew about Carson's background this is almost beyond belief
    "Carson did not have Top Secret clearance"
    and was Harper's top adviser on Afghanistan? what???

    guest's statement is so true its pathetic
    The Harper Regime: You can't make this stuff up. Priceless (and sad)

  7. Wow, the Harper government risked contempt of parliament to protect the Afghan files from MPs elected by the people, yet criminals without even top secret security were in charge of the files?

    How twisted is our spin doctor's head? Harper, keep it up and your head will spin right off.

  8. Wow, the Harper government risked contempt of parliament to protect the Afghan files from MPs elected by the people, yet criminals without even top secret security were in charge of the files?

    How twisted is our spin doctor's head? Harper, keep it up and your head will spin right off.

  9. Memo

    To: Bev Oda
    from: Stewart

    Hi Bev, How is that patch workin? Hope you can help edit the following, I think it needs your special touch.

    Carson must . . . . . be one of the most talented and dedicated contributors to Canadian society.
    Not only is the man . . . . . an expert on energy and the environment now we find that he was also
    influential in foreign policy. Stephen H. is certainly . . . . . . running a tight ship over there.

  10. Memo

    To: Bev Oda
    from: Stewart

    Hi Bev, How is that patch workin? Hope you can help edit the following, I think it needs your special touch.

    Carson must . . . . . be one of the most talented and dedicated contributors to Canadian society.
    Not only is the man . . . . . an expert on energy and the environment now we find that he was also
    influential in foreign policy. Stephen H. is certainly . . . . . . running a tight ship over there.

  11. "Secret-level clearance" still requires a criminal record check. Security checks look for loyalty issues, primarily. Fraud convictions or accusations would stick out like a sore thumb…

  12. "Secret-level clearance" still requires a criminal record check. Security checks look for loyalty issues, primarily. Fraud convictions or accusations would stick out like a sore thumb…

    • Thank you. I was so flabbergasted at the idea that secret-level security didn't require a criminal record check, that I couldn't put together a coherent question to ask about it.

      • I am actually less flabbergasted about the ethics/background check and more about the background. What did Carson really have to contribute on the Afghanistan file?

        • cheap water filters?

          • No, the Globe has it. Different girlfriend, different area of expertise.

  13. Thank you. I was so flabbergasted at the idea that secret-level security didn't require a criminal record check, that I couldn't put together a coherent question to ask about it.

  14. I am actually less flabbergasted about the ethics/background check and more about the background. What did Carson really have to contribute on the Afghanistan file?

  15. This is the gang that has no problem removing or barring students from Harper's pep talks to "the choir" because of their Face Books but didn't know about the criminal record of someone working in the PMO. Harper, who runs an extremely tight ship controls every member of his party but doesn't know the background of a spin-doctor in his office, is a stretch beyond credibility. Unless it was thought that it takes someone who has so few scruples to sell a war that is going badly. I wouldn't put anything past the "I't's never my fault" Harper .

  16. Still Carson knew about the changes to the Indian Affairs Minister way, way after the fact that he left the PMO 3yrs prior, who or whom leaked that information. On video he said I talked to the Prime Minister last night and Duncan's going to become the next minister of Indian Affairs, this was before that change was announced to the House of Commons.

    CARSON, EMERSON and MANLEY on the AFGHAN FILE wake up people, these con jobs are the reason our troops are still in harms way because these (blank)er's smell a buck. Out Of Afghanistan Now.

  17. I''ll bet the PMO's cleaning staff have to have higher clearances.

  18. I''ll bet the PMO's cleaning staff have to have higher clearances.

  19. cheap water filters?

  20. No, the Globe has it. Different girlfriend, different area of expertise.

  21. Based on our NATO obligations the liberal gov, correctly, put us in Afghanstan…the Tory gov continued that mission. I would suggest that no matter the party in power…the gov positions should not be loose and should have a rigorous clearance process. But what is ironic is there are people who agrue we do not want toughter crime laws or more prisons but then will not trust people with who have paid their penalities/ served their sentences/ and who disclose their past – very interesting. It appears Carson was hired to liase with home media, a rather benigh position esp. now that is a training mission.

  22. Based on our NATO obligations the liberal gov, correctly, put us in Afghanstan…the Tory gov continued that mission. I would suggest that no matter the party in power…the gov positions should not be loose and should have a rigorous clearance process. But what is ironic is there are people who agrue we do not want toughter crime laws or more prisons but then will not trust people with who have paid their penalities/ served their sentences/ and who disclose their past – very interesting. It appears Carson was hired to liase with home media, a rather benigh position esp. now that is a training mission.

  23. Even the military couldn't be too impressed with this lapse in security.

  24. Even the military couldn't be too impressed with this lapse in security.

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