Canada Csis

Liberal MP Admits Worry Over 'Erosion Of Our Parliamentary System'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Government MPs have voted down a raft of proposed amendments to a federal bill intended to solidify the terrorist-tracking powers of Canada's...

Official: Bill Allowing CSIS To Break Foreign Laws Is Constitutional

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The deputy minister of public safety says a bill that would allow Canada's spy agency to break foreign laws is constitutional.At a Commons co...

CSIS Left In Dark On Terror Tracking, Feds Argue

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been left in the dark about the legality of tracking Canadian terror suspects overseas, the fe...

Harper Ignored Mulcair's Objections Over CSIS Watchdog Picks

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government appointed two members to Canada's spy watchdog despite objections raised by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair during formal ...

More Surveillance Punishes Canadians, Not Terrorists

Tom Henheffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Henheffer

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it. Please. Please remember this. It's even more important now, when that fact is so easily forgotten in the wake of the attack on our Parliament and the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We cannot allow the extreme actions of a few to strip us of the freedoms those soldiers worked so hard to protect. But the Canadian government continues to roll back our rights in the name of "security."

Now, More Than Ever, Canada Must Remain Free and Open

Josh Tabish | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Tabish

It has never been clearer that Canada has a growing privacy deficit that needs to be addressed. Unless we work together, we could end up with a society that's more spied on and policed than ever before.

CSIS Policies Leave Gun-Toting Spies Without Cover: Watchdog

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The national intelligence watchdog has found "serious issues" with the policy that allows Canadian spies to carry guns in overseas hotspots.I...

CSIS: Money An Issue In Monitoring Of Radicalized Canadians

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - It would be foolish to say the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has "all the bases covered" when it comes to monitoring radicalized Can...

Tories To Give Spies More Power

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 11.29.2014 | 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.