Wearing Red, Tracking Reds: What a Ride!
Policing and Counter-Espionage from Canada to Hong Kong
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In a time of critical need to address these issues, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Security Service was plunged into the darkness of the McDonald Commission of Inquiry Concerning Certain Activities of the R.C.M.P. The Commission was looking into wrong-doings and illegal activities of the Service after the 1970 October Crisis in Quebec. Being pressed for information by the Government and the lack of intelligence on the issues of the day, the Security Service took wrong steps in hopes that they would flower into the right steps to satisfy their masters in Ottawa. Under scrutiny, the Service went into the fetal position, into denial and into the doldrums, which ended in criminal prosecutions for some. Two suicides within a year were devastating.
This book covers the challenge of maintaining pace with the gathering storm of Chinese political and economic espionage, while at the same time coping with the organizational and individual stress of the McDonald Commission inquiries. It also speaks of the complexities of staffing, management responses during these trying times, of careers floundering and some flowering as the new Service, inundated with over-sight, new policies, procedures, restrictions and guidelines, tried to get its feet firmly on the ground. The stigma of ?old wine in a new bottle? held sway in a climate of trying to move forward. Then the catastrophe of the 1985 Air India bombing??Canada?s 911??complicated matters even further while C.S.I.S. was still in its infancy. The drama seems to be without end as the Phase II report of the Major Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 has??at the time of this publication??yet to be released.
This is a telling memoir of a career in policing, intelligence and counter-espionage in Canada and overseas; in Services in the midst of traumatic organizational change and stress, mixed with inexplicable management tactics and the pride of diplomatic service.
- Trafford, April 2010
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