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Tories To Give Spies More Power

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government plans to amend the law governing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to give the spy agency greater abilit...

Spy Watchdog's Links To Big Oil Spark Complaint

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A civil liberties group is objecting to Canada's spy watchdog assigning Yves Fortier to investigate alleged spying on environmental activists...

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Military Ordered To Hand Over Info To Allies Despite Torture Risk: Memo

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has secretly ordered the Canadian military to share information with allies even when there's a serious risk it c...

Tories Torch Liberals' New Spy Watchdog Committee Idea

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA – The Conservative government is sending clear signals that it will not support a bid to create a new national security committee of parliame...

CSIS: 130 Canadians Support Extremists

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A senior intelligence official says some 130 Canadians are working abroad in support of extremist activities — including about 30 in Syria ...

Spy Chiefs Face Grilling

CBC | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics

Canada's security chiefs will face a public grilling over allegations of widespread spying later this afternoon.  The heads of Canada's t...

Canada's Top Spy Watchdog Steps Down After Lobbying Controversy

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Chuck Strahl has quit as chairman of Canada's spy watchdog following accusations of inappropriate lobbying activity, but continues to insist ...

The Trouble With Canada's Publicly Funded Government Watchdogs

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

The government didn't open its ears on telecom on its own. It took Canada's largest-ever online campaign and sustained, widespread, solutions-based engagement to make it happen. We'll need that to continue, and we'll need to bring that energy to privacy, free expression online, and other issues of the day.

Canada's Top Spy Watchdog Now A Northern Gateway Lobbyist

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

The head of the watchdog committee overseeing Canada’s spy agency has registered as a lobbyist for Northern Gateway pipeline builder Enbridge. Ch...

Judge Slams CSIS For Unapproved Foreign Spies

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Canada's spy agency deliberately withheld information from the courts in an effort to do an end-run around the law when it applied for top-s...

Canadian Torture Policy Irks European Security Alliance

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A major alliance that promotes European security has criticized Canada for opening the door to the use of information that may have been extr...

Why is the Country I Love Spying On Me?

Caitlyn Vernon | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Caitlyn Vernon

Last week, I found out that my government is spying on me, Canada ranked worst in the developed world for response to climate change, Canadians rose up against pipeline proposals all across the country, and the media reported precious little of any of it. What happened to the Canada we know and love? Where is the country that holds its head high in the world, a respected leader on human rights and environmental issues?

The Day I Found Out the Canadian Government Was Spying on Me

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

It was a Victoria day like any other until I found out the Canadian government has been vigorously spying on several Canadian organizations that work for environmental protections and democratic rights. My colleagues and I had been wary of being spied on for a long time, but having it confirmed still took the wind out of me.

'Zero Legislative Accountability'

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal says it's "deeply problematic" that Canada lacks a full-fledged national security committee of parliamentarians ...

CSIS Criticized For Disclosing Montreal Man's Personal Information

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency inappropriately disclosed personal and classified information about a Montreal man while he was imprisoned in Sudan, says...

Is Canada Being Polite Enough When it Comes to Espionage?

Colin Kenny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

All countries with adequate resources have intelligence agencies like CSEC and CSIS. Countries have oversight mechanisms to assure these agencies' political masters -- including legislators from both government and opposition parties -- that the agencies are not breaking the laws of their country or otherwise operating outside their mandate. Canada has no such oversight mechanisms. Or, rather, Canada's mechanisms are so feeble and after-the-fact that nobody can assure ordinary Canadian citizens that their own intelligence agencies are being held to account.

Watching the Watchdog: Famed Surveillance Watchdog Warns Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

William Binney is a man on a mission. He spent nearly 30 years as a top executive in America's super-secret National Security Agency (NSA), now he wants you to know that same spy agency is pushing western democracies -- including Canada -- toward fascism.

Canada's Surveillance State Equates Protest to Terrorism

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The idea of a stranger listening to our phone calls, monitoring our Internet searches, reading our emails, trawling our social media accounts. These things are not only possible, but thanks to government fear mongering feeding our increased tolerance for supervision in a post-9/11 world, they're also entirely legal. Welcome to modern Canada.

CSIS Knew Of Spy's Pilfering

CP | Jim Bronskill and Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency clandestinely watched a navy officer pass top secret information to Russia for months without briefing the RCMP — a pre...

How the Boston Bombing Hurt the Muslim Community

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Those who have been doubly hurt by the Boston bombing and the recent arrest of the two alleged Canadian terrorists on Monday, are the vast majority of hard-working, law-abiding Muslim Canadians. Because once again, Canadian Muslim men, or Canadian converts to Islam, are seen to be planning, organizing or actively engaging in terrorist activities.

Anti-Terror Policies Must Uphold Canadian Values

Saeed Selvam | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

Personal learnings from the Countering Violent Extremism portfolio echoed the sentiments that Justin Trudeau expressed following the Boston Bombings -- to get to the root cause to prevent future attacks. Last year I had the chance to work with the Department of Public Safety on National Security Policy, and if there's one thing that you need to focus on in preventing any kind of violence from happening -- whether it be localized gun violence or terrorism -- it's the root cause. Mind you, gun violence and extremism are two very different animals, but what they do share in common is an immature and ridiculous sense of expression through violence.

Canadians Members In Every Al-Qaeda Affiliate Group: CSIS

CBC | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Politics

The head of CSIS, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, warned Monday that Canadians are involved in every al-Qaeda affiliate group and that the...

Enemy Within Troubles Canada's Spy Agency

CBC | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada’s spy agency sees the "insider threat" as a rising security risk for Canadians at home and abroad, according to a secret document obtained by...

What CSIS Really Thinks Of Anonymous

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency says the online collective Anonymous isn't just a thorn in the side of the powerful, but the new model for digital hackti...