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New powers for CSIS to track terrorists

Monday, October 20, 2014

Queen’s University surveillance expert David Murakami Wood can comment on Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s new bill to boost protection for intelligence sources. Along with providing protection to spy sources, the bill, which is expected to be tabled this week, will also give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service greater powers to track terrorists abroad.

“Canada is one of the few countries whose government has not really responded to the Edward Snowden revelations with any moves towards an inquiry or greater accountability of its intelligence services,” says Dr. Murakami Wood. “Instead it is demanding more powers and less transparency even than those that are available in the United States, where informers and sources can be rigorously cross-examined when their testimony is used as evidence in court.

“In general, I am more interested in this as one of many measures that are increasing the resources and reach of the intelligence services in Canada, including the enormous and expensive new CSEC building.”

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