CSIS and the paradox of transparency

In light of the furore over Fadden’s remarks, it is worth reading Brian Stewart’s behind-the-scenes look at how CSIS struggles to be a spy agency in a society that demands more accountability and transparency. Part of Brian’s goal with his documentaries was not to break explosive news, but simply to open CSIS up to the Canadians, give us a sense of how the organization works and what it does. As Brian writes, the fear is that the Fadden brouhaha will only drive CSIS back into its shell.