Lesson Not Learned
The director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said Tuesday that the spy agency avoids racial profiling because it is “fundamentally stupid” and does not knowingly use information gleaned under torture offshore because the practice is “morally repugnant.”
James Judd told a gathering of Canadian judges on Tuesday that he is “acutely aware” of complaints that the agency, along with several other organizations, targets the Muslim community in fighting the war on terror. “We don’t profile because it’s fundamentally stupid and we don’t have enough resources,” said Judd. “From a national security perspective, we can’t afford to have whole communities feel alienated.”
Rather, the agency has embarked on community outreach efforts to combat “this legend that this is how we do business,” Judd told a panel discussion on human rights and national security.
Yeah, that “be nice and they won’t hurt us” strategy is working out really well.