Skip to comments.Obama’s bio a state secret in Canada
Posted on 11/08/2009 6:51:02 PM PST by Red Steel
according to Canadian government officials, a biography of U.S. President Barack Obama provided to Prime Minister Stephen Harper shortly after Mr. Obama's inauguration last January qualifies as a state secret.
Under the Access to Information Act, Canwest News Service requested all briefing materials provided to the prime minister ahead of Mr. Obama's visit to Canada in February.
The 77 pages of heavily censored documents released to Canwest include memos to Mr. Harper from his foreign-policy adviser, a letter from Canada's former ambassador to the United States, Michael Wilson, as well as talking points to prepare Mr. Harper for the meeting. It also includes biographies of the president and officials who accompanied the president on the trip to Canada, including National Security Advisor James Jones, National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
In blacking out the biographies of the president and his entourage, officials cited a section of the act that allows the government to refuse records whose disclosure could be "injurious to the conduct of international affairs, the defence of Canada or any states allied or associated with Canada."
Retired colonel Michel Drapeau, an expert in access-to-information law at the University of Ottawa, said it's not surprising that much of the briefing material on such a high-level meeting was being withheld. Canadian courts have tended to support the government's view that releasing such materials could hurt relations with other countries, he said.
But he said it was "silly" for Canadian officials to withhold the biography of such a prominent public figure.
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Yes, that is one of the hypotheses.
So true, so true.
Hey all we want are his SATs and LSATs to prove he’s the genius the SCM tells us he is.
C’mon guys, how can that be crucial to security?
This is interesting, especially since Canada seems to be one of our best sources of information.
Alice In Wonderland.
Just when thing were settling down on the biography of the President and Dr Orly Taitz (bless her) seems to be at an impass, we get this slow curve. The Canadian bureaucracy as ever seems to tread on egg shells.
I got quite a chuckle at the greeting by President Bush, when he met with a group and spied our Prime Minister. "Wassup Steve?" he said. Most of us liked that informal approach. When one is approached in this manner, one could presume you are liked. A few of the usual suspects carped about it- nobody gave a care though.
Back to the subject at hand. Let us know more and exactly more, Mr President- whats to hide?
Who’s your daddy, Barry? Who’s your daddy!
The list, ping
Look like they could be brothers in Islam!
Exactly what I was thinking.
“FREE THE LONG FORM!”
Malcolm X. Do a side-by-side. It’s creepy!!!
Ha ha ha....wait, that’s not funny, that’s TERRIFYING
Everythng’s getting worse and worse.
There is no reason for this except incriminating evidence.
Disgusting that Canada is doing this.
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