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Sunday, July 12, 2015

In The Annals of Brilliant Planning

"The sloped-floor entry into the CSE [Canadian Security Establishment] facility was constructed according to building code specifications, which includes meeting accessibility requirements."
"While the walkway meets all building code and accessibility requirements, mobility aids are being provided to assist a small number of employees."
CSE spokesman
The new Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) complex is pictured in Ottawa.

The building with its massive glass walls is considered to represent an "architectural wonder", a glass skyscraper, horizontal rather than conventionally vertical, a 72,000-square-meter facility, luxuriously finished and equipped with numerous amenities. One that the architects and design technicians evidently failed to get right was a ramp for the disabled built within.

It is so steep that it is considered potentially hazardous.

Not to fret; CSE management is making motorized scooters available to people with disabilities to drive up and down the ramp. Problem? There is no problem, and if there was, heaven forfend a problem, it has been brilliantly solved. Motorized scooter, anyone?

This is a government establishment of great secrecy, an intelligence agency of some repute where intelligence seems to be in short supply. One might think, if one were an ordinary person off the street that where intelligence secures itself there too lurks prying eyes, so effective screens must be in place to ensure that no unauthorized eyes catch the merest glimpse of government and intelligence community data.

But modern architecture in all its sparkling beauty calls for a crystalline exterior, and since glass is famously transparent, whatever is within can be seen, right? Wrong, it is all so dreadfully wrong, is it not? All of a sudden it has occurred to the bright minds of the most secretive building in Canada that it resembles a high-tech fishbowl, albeit an architectural wonder that will intrigue foreign intelligence agencies no end.

Canada's electronic eavesdroppers have dropped the ball, and managed implausibly to invite the curiosity and the cyberintelligence of foreign governments to come and visit. Don't concern yourself, Canadian taxpayers, that billion-dollar spy palace simply needs a few additions here and there to ensure it is transformed from transparent to opaque.

And for that purpose, at undisclosed cost and loss of sparklingly beautiful exterior, the installation of darkened window screening to aid in the prevention of unwanted eavesdropping is set to take place. Details, you'd like some assurances, would you? Well, as it happens, you'll have to take the word of the folks  administering the project who blandly state that "CSE does not comment on the security features of its facility".

No need to worry, we have it on the highest authority within the establishment that: "The resulting cutting-edge facility will enable the organization’s unique contribution to Canada’s national security by enhancing CSEC’s appeal to the best and brightest technical, linguistic, mathematics, computer science, and network defence capabilities experts.

“It will also distinguish Canada as a leader among its intelligence allies for this type of show-case facility."

Yup. The epitome of convincing assurance.

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