Canadian Security Intelligence Service

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), a domestic civilian agency, was created by an Act of Parliament in 1984. In fulfilling its mandate, CSIS investigates, analyses and advises government departments and agencies on activities which may reasonably be suspected of constituting threats to Canada's national security.

Among the activities included in the CSIS mandate are the investigation of:

- Political violence and terrorism: such activities support the threat or use of serious violence, such as hostage-taking, bombings, and assassination, in order to advance a political cause. Examples may include political violence designed to influence Canadian governments, or the use of Canada as a base from which to plan or facilitate political violence in other countries.

- Espionage and sabotage: espionage includes unlawful or unauthorised attempts to acquire information about sensitive political, economic, scientific or military matters by a foreign state or its agents. Sabotage encompasses activities conducted for the purpose of endangering the safety, security or defence of vital public or private property, such as key transportation links or power installations.

- Foreign-influenced activities: these include activities that are detrimental to Canadian national interests and that are directed, controlled or financed by a foreign state or its agents, such as interference with ethnic communities in Canada.

CSIS is also responsible for conducting security assessments for all federal government departments and agencies (upon request), with the exception of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as for immigration, citizenship and refugee applicants upon referral from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

CSIS can assist in the collection of foreign intelligence within Canada at the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs or the Minister of National Defence.

Click here to visit the Canadian Security Intelligence Service official website.


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Air India report due in early 2010, lawyer for victims' families hopes for tough measures
RCMP Commissioner expects the Mounties will come under harsh criticism in the report for their handling of the case. He also said that would be "fair and reasonable" given the problems plaguing the Canadian intelligence community at the time.
HTML | Published: 2009-12-16 | Added: 2010-01-09

Canada Reviews Anti-Terrorist Law
Among the items being eyed for change is the national security certificate system used to arrest and deport Canadians considered threats to the country's security.
HTML | Published: 2009-12-14 | Added: 2010-01-09

Did five Torontonians join jihad in Somalia?
The five friends, in their early to mid-20s, grew up and attended schools in Toronto. All five disappeared. RCMP and CSIS officers are investigating the disappearances, canvassing areas in Little Mogadishu and questioning families.
HTML | Published: 2009-12-12 | Added: 2010-01-09

Documents implicating Harkat to stay secret
In a ruling announced yesterday, Justice Simon Noel decided not to release CSIS reports concerning covert human sources to Mr. Harkat or his lawyer, on the grounds that doing so could harm both national security and the individuals involved.
HTML | Published: 2009-12-12 | Added: 2010-01-09

Federal Court quashes security certificate against Hassan Almrei
None of those things justifies branding him a terror suspect, concluded Mosley, who said that CSIS based its assumption on stale evidence and faulty human sources who have turned out to be less than credible.
HTML | Published: 2009-12-14 | Added: 2010-01-09

Under U.S. pressure, Canada toils in secret on complex air screening system
In sharp contrast to the splashy announcement of see-through airport scanners, officials have been quietly toiling in the shadows on the complex system, which involves input from the Canada Border Services Agency, Transport Canada, CSIS and RCMP.
HTML | Published: 2010-01-08 | Added: 2010-01-09

Alleged Canadian terror plot has worldwide links
Through the work and co-operation of the RCMP, CSIS, local law enforcement and Toronto's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), acts of violence by extremist groups may have been prevented.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-04 | Added: 2009-03-07

Canada called on to increase spying on China
The report argues that better counterespionage (from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service), improved eavesdropping (from the Communications Security Establishment), and more rigorous assessments (from the Privy Council Office) could improve  [...]
HTML | Published: 2009-02-27 | Added: 2009-03-07

2010 Olympics may be targeted by foreign spies: CSIS
Canada's intelligence service is warning about an espionage threat to the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia and says foreign spies may try to steal the security plans for the Games.
HTML | Published: 2008-12-10 | Added: 2009-02-22

Canada carries out military exercises in Arctic
A record number of civilian agencies, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Canadian Border Services Agency, are also participating, Millar said.
HTML | Published: 2008-08-26 | Added: 2009-02-02

Ottawa chooses to ignore its own security watchdog
SIRC has told us that CSIS has committed such an infringement and both the government and CSIS have denied it. If nothing more happens, the public will simply have to do what it was not intended that it have to do: trust the government.
HTML | Published: 2008-07-10 | Added: 2008-07-12

Ottawa fought Khadr's transfer to Gitmo
Mr. Pardy suggests that DFAIT was even surprised to learn that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service - a much more active spy agency - would accompany Mr. Gould on his inaugural February, 2003, trip to Cuba.
HTML | Published: 2008-07-11 | Added: 2008-07-12

'Stand up' for Khadr's rights, lawyer urges Harper
Khadr exhibited "great mood swings" when a Canadian Foreign Affairs Department intelligence official and three members of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) visited him over four days in early 2003.
HTML | Published: 2008-07-10 | Added: 2008-07-12

Intelligence soldiers in Afghanistan since start of mission: commander
Members of the unit, known as the Human Intelligence Company (HUMINT), are trained in collecting and analyzing information gathered from the wide variety of human contacts, or sources, they encounter on missions. "Clearly, we collect human  [...]
HTML | Published: 2008-05-26 | Added: 2008-07-06

Canada high court scolds spy agency in terror case
Canada's highest court scolded the country's spy agency CSIS for destroying evidence about Adil Charkaoui, a man fighting deportation over alleged terror links, in the government's second loss in a high-profile security case.
HTML | Published: 2008-06-26 | Added: 2008-07-04

CSIS wrong to destroy Charkoui evidence: top court
In its latest decision, the high court ruled that agents of CSIS violated Mr. Charkaoui's rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they destroyed a variety of evidence in his case, including interview notes.
HTML | Published: 2008-06-26 | Added: 2008-07-04

CSIS employee dies in murder-suicide
One of the two people found dead in what police think was a murder-suicide near Ottawa Saturday was an employee of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
HTML | Published: 2008-06-02 | Added: 2008-07-03

Former CSIS employee killed by husband never feared him, family says
During the course of their 10-year relationship, Alicia Bateman's family never feared Ryan Sawchuk would hurt her. But last Saturday, the CSIS employee was killed by her ex-fiancé after she called off their wedding and ended their relationship.
HTML | Published: 2008-06-07 | Added: 2008-07-03

Hillier regrets intelligence breakdown
The Chief of Canada's Defence Staff says he regrets that intelligence services did not provide information that could have thwarted the well-organized prison break in Kandahar that freed hundreds of Taliban prisoners.
HTML | Published: 2008-06-17 | Added: 2008-07-03

Proposed army spy unit raises worry
Critics are raising concerns about a new unit of the Canadian Forces that is charged with collecting intelligence for overseas missions.
HTML | Published: 2008-05-27 | Added: 2008-07-01

Canada beefing up bomb task force
IEDs are considered such a threat that a group made up of a task force, intelligence officials, CSE, and the CF expeditionary and special operations commands, among others, meets every two weeks to review progress and deal with ongoing issues.
HTML | Published: 2008-05-19 | Added: 2008-06-30

Spies on guard for Hezbollah plots in Canada
The news report released yesterday said the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had been working with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency to investigate the chatter.
HTML | Published: 2008-06-20 | Added: 2008-06-20

The 'spy' who loved him: Autumn gave up chance of joining Intelligence Service after meeting Peter
Autumn Kelly gave up the chance of becoming a spy after falling in love with Peter Phillips. Months before they met she had been vetted by CSIS in her native Canada and passed a first round of interviews after applying to be a counter-espionage  [...]
HTML | Published: 2008-05-18 | Added: 2008-06-08

Canada needs new breed of spycatchers
CSIS is undergoing a massive recruitment, having added 352 new people to its ranks since 2001. Nearly 15 per cent of the workforce at CSIS is new hires. The percentage will rise to close to 20 per cent by the end of the decade.
HTML | Published: 2008-05-08 | Added: 2008-05-17

Canada 'risk averse' on spies, ex-MI-6 head says
But he says a much broader rethinking is in order, as CSIS's relatively few foreign agents remain legally obliged to operate as passive receptacles of information as opposed to classic foreign operatives who actively gather intelligence.
HTML | Published: 2008-04-30 | Added: 2008-05-17

Canada's secret spy days are over: CSIS chief
As a consequence of the fight against global Islamic terrorism, an increasing number of open-court criminal prosecutions in Canada, the U.S. and Europe have, at their genesis, information collected by shadowy secret agents rather than police  [...]
HTML | Published: 2008-04-29 | Added: 2008-05-17

Canadian on no-fly list stuck in Sudan
CSIS in 2002 and 2003 also scrutinized his alleged ties to Ahmed Ressam, an Al Qaeda operative found guilty of trying to bomb the Los Angeles airport in 1999. The two had met at a mosque in Montreal, where Abdelrazik lived for 13 years.
HTML | Published: 2008-04-29 | Added: 2008-05-17

CSIS developing new model for understanding terrorist financing, documents show
Canada's spy agency has been forced to junk its approach to terrorist financing as clandestine groups both here and abroad learn to skirt the law-enforcement initiatives set up after Sept. 11, 2001.
HTML | Published: 2008-04-20 | Added: 2008-05-17

Homegrown intelligence gap
It says much about the sorry state of Canada's security intelligence infrastructure and the sometimes incestuous relationship between that powerful and largely anonymous apparatus and some compliant members of the media.
HTML | Published: 2008-04-17 | Added: 2008-05-17

Should we send our spies overseas?
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has promised to either broaden CSIS's mandate to include espionage abroad, or, less likely, spin off a new foreign spy service.
HTML | Published: 2008-04-09 | Added: 2008-05-17

Group demands action on case rebuking CSIS
Since CSIS does not have the power of arrest, SIRC said the intelligence service "arbitrarily detained" Jabarah when he was brought to Toronto in 2002.
HTML | Published: 2008-04-03 | Added: 2008-04-07

Cabinet minister says Canada terrorist target
Day also spoke of changes to CSIS and the legislation on creating a separate agency for foreign intelligence gathering, as well creation of an RCMP Reform Implementation Council.
HTML | Published: 2008-03-27 | Added: 2008-04-06

Top court tackles Gitmo
Canada sent agents from CSIS and an official with the intelligence division in the foreign affairs department to interrogate Khadr in the two years after his capture. The purpose of the visits was to collect intelligence.
HTML | Published: 2008-03-21 | Added: 2008-04-06

CSIS bolsters ranks, cites continuing threats from extremists and spies
Canada's intelligence agency hired 100 new spies last year and is moving ahead with plans to expand its Ottawa headquarters.
HTML | Published: 2008-03-13 | Added: 2008-03-30

India turns to Canada's spies to avert threat of espionage via BlackBerry
Canadian spies are set to help India's intelligence agencies to intercept BlackBerry messages to prevent the mobile e-mail service being shut down across the sub-continent.
HTML | Published: 2008-03-10 | Added: 2008-03-30

Special advocates for accused terrorists grapple with new national security regime
One big question is whether special advocates will still end up in a battle with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service over access to the evidence and whether it was properly obtained.
HTML | Published: 2008-03-10 | Added: 2008-03-30

Was Omar Khadr coerced?
A Canadian Foreign Affairs intelligence officer and an official of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service met with Mr. Khadr in 2003.
HTML | Published: 2008-03-14 | Added: 2008-03-30

Tainted Evidence
The Canadian government is no longer using evidence gained from CIA interrogations of a top Al Qaeda detainee who was waterboarded.
HTML | Published: 2008-03-05 | Added: 2008-03-09

Accused terrorist denies CSIS allegation he may have been planning airline attack
A Montreal man accused of terrorist ties displayed secretive and violent behaviour and once discussed comandeering a commercial aircraft for "aggressive ends," Canada's spy service alleges.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-23 | Added: 2008-02-24

Canadian intel frets over wiretap law
Justice Edmond Blanchard ruled he lacked jurisdiction to endorse foreign spying operations by CSIS, although he granted the agency rights to domestic wiretaps on the suspects.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-18 | Added: 2008-02-24

Court ruling highlights need to give CSIS more power, expert says
A court decision that stops CSIS from conducting an electronic surveillance operation overseas underlines the need to give Canada's spy agency a broader mandate for foreign operations.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-16 | Added: 2008-02-24

Judge denies CSIS bid to track terror suspects
Attempts by Canada's spy agency to be granted warrants to carry out overseas electronic intercepts against 10 individuals, including Canadians, have failed. CSIS officials have in recent years argued for greater autonomy in spying beyond Canada's  [...]
HTML | Published: 2008-02-15 | Added: 2008-02-24

New security certificates issued
Canadian security agencies, which describe themselves as “net importers” of intelligence from foreign agencies, complain that the information pipeline would be compromised if they divulge sensitive secrets passed along by others.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-22 | Added: 2008-02-24

Spying laws outdated, expert argues
So while the CSE routinely aims its ears outward to hear what foreigners have to say, it effectively blocks its ears whenever a Canadian enters a conversation.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-20 | Added: 2008-02-24

They abuse, we use: Are we creating a market for torture?
"I find that CSIS is concerned with human rights, but nevertheless uses information obtained by torture," Ms. Landry concluded in the public version of her report.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-16 | Added: 2008-02-24

CSIS uses torture information: spy watchdog
An investigation by the watchdog over the Canadian Security Intelligence Service concludes the spy agency "uses information obtained by torture" - perhaps its bluntest assessment of CSIS's intelligence-gathering practices to date.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-12 | Added: 2008-02-23

RCMP's secret files questioned
The so-called "exempt" data banks allow federal institutions, such as the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, to keep information off-limits from public scrutiny and from access-to-information requests.
HTML | Published: 2008-02-14 | Added: 2008-02-23

The Canadian Peril
Some Canadian authorities admit the vulnerabilities created by their laws and lax policies on matters like extradition. A June 2007 backgrounder on counterterrorism by CSIS concedes it, under the heading "Canada as a base for terrorist activities."
HTML | Published: 2008-02-03 | Added: 2008-02-03

Sudden appearance of CSIS file fuels Charkaoui claims of smear campaign
The sudden appearance of a damning CSIS report that paints alleged terrorist Adil Charkaoui as a jihadist insider is feeding claims by Charkaoui and his supporters of a smear campaign, while also raising questions about security at Canada's spy  [...]
HTML | Published: 2008-01-27 | Added: 2008-02-01

'Toronto 18' suspect has good point
Were these CSIS (later RCMP) agents simply passive informants? Or did they cross the line and provoke illegal acts? It would be useful to know. However the government, citing national security, is actively fighting disclosure of the CSIS links.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-31 | Added: 2008-02-01

Canadian gets life for plot to blow up embassies in Singapore, Philippines
Jabarah was taken from Oman by Canadian intelligence officials. The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service said Jabarah travelled to the United States voluntarily with its help, but questions have been raised about it.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-18 | Added: 2008-01-27

Charkaoui told CSIS about jihad recruiting
In a previously undisclosed interview with CSIS investigators, alleged al-Qaeda sleeper agent Adil Charkaoui described how members of Montreal's Arab community were recruiting people for jihad before 9/11.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-23 | Added: 2008-01-27

CSIS warily monitors potential for violent anti-Olympic demonstrations
The annual report of Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Jim Judd signals the agency is actively gauging the prospect that demonstrations could turn ugly as opponents voice social and economic concerns about the Vancouver Games.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-20 | Added: 2008-01-27

Information-sharing rules defended
The CSIS Act, Peirce said, allows information to be shared where it is "strictly necessary" to national security, and in the RCMP's case, the practice is guided by ministerial directives and policies that call for many factors to be weighed.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-09 | Added: 2008-01-27

Canada's official spy souvenir shop is off limits to ordinary citizens
Canada's official spy souvenir shop is the perfect complement to the country's official spy museum. They're both top-secret facilities that are strictly off limits to ordinary Canadians and tourists.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-21 | Added: 2008-01-26

China fishes for secrets in rich, vulnerable waters
Judd told the panel that China is the agency's most formidable adversary, preoccupying almost half of CSIS's counter-intelligence apparatus, a striking about-face by CSIS concerning the threat posed by Chinese espionage to Canada's national  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-12-11 | Added: 2008-01-26

Radical believers
CSIS, Canada's spy agency, is concerned with the "radicalization" of adherents to the religious faith. "Radicalization is the process of moving from moderate beliefs to extreme beliefs," says a 2006 CSIS study called Islamic Extremists in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2007-12-27 | Added: 2008-01-26

Somali drug may fund terrorism
Terrorist groups may be funding their activities through khat, an illegal stimulant smuggled daily into Canada. The Integrated Threat Assessment Centre report says some part of the proceeds involved in the global khat trade possibly finances  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-12-20 | Added: 2008-01-26

Time to join global snoops
Collecting foreign intelligence abroad by human means is a vital requirement of sovereignty, and this country is the only G8 country without this capacity. Without it, our decision-makers simply cannot make good policy.
HTML | Published: 2007-12-15 | Added: 2008-01-26

War on the Web
Any potential political or diplomatic dispute can now be expected to include a significant online component, and Canada needs to be ready to defend itself against the cyber attacks that will come as inevitably as the next diplomatic dispute.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-02 | Added: 2008-01-26

Be Less Secretive, Internal Report Urges Canada's Spy Agency
Canada's spy agency is lagging behind other countries when it comes to telling the public about its work in the shadows, says an internal study. The analysis found the agency's annual public report to be dull, timid and full of recycled information.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-15 | Added: 2008-01-22

Canadian wars over Air India inquiry
The inquiry into the widely criticised investigation of the 1985 Air India bombing is further souring ties between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIF) and the Royal Canadian Mounting Police (RCMP).
HTML | Published: 2007-12-05 | Added: 2008-01-19

CSIS-RCMP links need new law, inquiry told
While witnesses from both agencies have testified that there is now greater understanding between CSIS and the RCMP, Mr. Major said changing the law could ensure better co-operation.
HTML | Published: 2007-12-05 | Added: 2008-01-19

Former CSIS boss warns against terrorism fight
Canadians should be wary of giving too free a rein to police in the name of fighting terrorism, says the former head of the of the country's spy agency.
HTML | Published: 2007-12-04 | Added: 2008-01-19

Former intelligence chief disputes RCMP testimony
Former CSIS director Reid Morden rejected claims of an almost unworkable relationship between the spy agency and the RCMP, urging the Air India inquiry not to mess with a system that is working well.
HTML | Published: 2007-12-05 | Added: 2008-01-19

RCMP-CSIS feuding ‘almost unworkable,' ex-Mountie Zaccardelli tells Air India probe
Police and spies should be put back on the same team, former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli told the Air India inquiry, as he called for a major shakeup of Canada's approach to national security.
HTML | Published: 2007-12-01 | Added: 2008-01-19

RCMP wanted to retain power to probe terrorist threats, inquiry told
The head of the RCMP at the time of the creation of Canada's spy agency wanted the police force to retain some capacity to gather intelligence on terrorists, the Air India inquiry heard.
HTML | Published: 2007-11-08 | Added: 2007-11-25

U.S.-Canada border is a security nightmare
Law enforcement officials say the presence of suspected terrorists in Canada is a worry, and they share intelligence on the threat daily.
HTML | Published: 2007-11-07 | Added: 2007-11-25

Ottawa's invisible inquiry
Copeland has called for the inquiry to look
HTML | Published: 2007-11-06 | Added: 2007-11-08

Critics call for closer eye on CSIS following constitutional violations
Members of Parliament called for closer scrutiny of CSIS following revelations the spy agency violated the constitutional rights of a citizen. Opposition critics demanded fuller assurances from Public Safety Minister that CSIS would respect the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-10-31 | Added: 2007-11-03

Spy agency accused of violating terrorist's rights
Canada's intelligence agency overstepped its mandate and violated the constitutional rights of a Canadian al Qaeda operative plotting to bomb U.S. and Israeli embassies in Asia, a federal watchdog said.
HTML | Published: 2007-10-31 | Added: 2007-11-03

Terror report blames CSIS
The Security Intelligence Review Committee says in a report to Parliament that CSIS went too far when it helped Mr. Jabarah surrender to FBI agents five years ago.
HTML | Published: 2007-10-29 | Added: 2007-11-03

Ottawa unveils terror trial 'advocates'
CSIS has long fought to keep its intelligence secret from its targets in court processes for fear of compromising its investigations. Mr. Day rejected any concern that foreign intelligence agencies may be less likely to share information with Canada now  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-10-23 | Added: 2007-10-27

CSIS slammed for destruction of crucial evidence in Air India bombing
The erasure of key wiretap tapes by Canada's spy agency punched a hole in the evidence later needed to prosecute the Sikh extremists responsible for the Air India bombing.
HTML | Published: 2007-09-18 | Added: 2007-10-05

CSIS keeps low profile in cross-Canada hiring binge
Wanted: Spies. Must have a university degree and full Canadian citizenship. Bilingual applicants preferred. Trigger-happy folks need not apply. Most companies with staff shortages can post a help wanted sign, but that's not the CSIS way.
HTML | Published: 2007-09-09 | Added: 2007-10-03

Feds push for greater access to private info
A consultation document reveals the government is planning to hold talks to "address the challenges faced by police, CSIS and the Competition Bureau when seeking timely access to basic Customer Name Address (CNA) information."
HTML | Published: 2007-09-12 | Added: 2007-10-03

CSIS suspected U.S. would ship Arar to third country for torture: documents
Canada's spy agency suspected, within two days of Maher Arar's deportation from the United States, that the CIA had shipped him somewhere to face possible torture, newly released documents show.
HTML | Published: 2007-08-09 | Added: 2007-08-14

CSIS suspected U.S. would deport Arar to be tortured: documents
"I think the U.S. would like to get Arar to Jordan where they can have their way with him," a CSIS officer based in Washington wrote in a report dated Oct. 10, 2002, according to CSIS documents.
HTML | Published: 2007-08-09 | Added: 2007-08-11

Des espions à la rescousse des soldats canadiens
Le Canada envoie des espions du Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité (SCRS) en Afghanistan depuis quelques mois afin d'aider les soldats canadiens à déjouer les attentats meurtriers des combattants talibans dans la région de Kandahar.
HTML | Published: 2007-08-10 | Added: 2007-08-11

Somali-Canadians joined fight in Horn of Africa: report
An al-Qaeda-backed militant group fighting in Somalia is made up partly of Canadians, says a declassified intelligence report that warns while some of the insurgents may be dead, others could attempt to return to Canada.
HTML | Published: 2007-07-25 | Added: 2007-08-02

CIA's revelations find echo north of the border
The outgoing SIRC chairperson offered this parting advice: "We're going to have to play in the big leagues. It won't always be nice, it won't always be easy, and it won't always be pretty, but that's the real world we live in."
HTML | Published: 2007-07-11 | Added: 2007-07-18

Missing Radioactive Devices in Canada Usable by Terrorists
In a study released last year, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said it is “quite surprising” terrorists haven't already set off dirty bombs, and that Canada was “positively overdue” for an attack.
HTML | Published: 2007-07-09 | Added: 2007-07-16

RCMP confirms complaint about leak
The RCMP confirmed it "has received a complaint" from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service "relating to the disclosure of protected information" in the case of Adil Charkaoui of Montreal.
HTML | Published: 2007-07-06 | Added: 2007-07-16

Alleged terrorist wants inquiry; denies plot to fly plane into foreign target
Alleged terrorist Adil Charkaoui denied a report that said he was involved in a plot to fly a plane into an unspecified foreign target. A Montreal newspaper quoted a report by CSIS as saying Charkaoui was involved in a terrorist plot in 2000.
HTML | Published: 2007-06-22 | Added: 2007-07-04

Dirty bomb would cause panic, cost billions: Study
The federal study's preliminary assessments underscore the potential of a dirty bomb's radioactive material spread using conventional explosives. The findings come mere months after CSIS said a dirty bomb assault was "overdue."
HTML | Published: 2007-07-02 | Added: 2007-07-04

Canada's too spy-shy to avert terrorist attacks: expert
Without more overseas spying capabilities Canada will remain dangerously unaware and vulnerable to terrorist threats such as the Taliban video supposedly showing a graduating class of suicide bombers destined for Canada, says a former adviser to the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-06-20 | Added: 2007-06-21

Air India head says reforms may ease CSIS-RCMP relations
The head of the Air India inquiry is suggesting legislative reforms may be needed to promote better co-operation between Canada's national police force and its civilian intelligence agency.
HTML | Published: 2007-06-18 | Added: 2007-06-18

Canada introduces no-fly list amid fear of abuses
Airlines will be obliged to check the names of passengers who appear to be 12 or over against the list, which was compiled using information from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well as Canada's counter-intelligence agency.
HTML | Published: 2007-06-18 | Added: 2007-06-18

UFO group that offered briefings to GG pleased by pro-forma response
A UFO researcher who offered to brief Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean on the presence of extraterrestrials received a letter from her office saying Viggiani's concerns "would be best addressed by the Canadian Space Agency and CSIS."
HTML | Published: 2007-06-17 | Added: 2007-06-18

Canadian agencies started investigation of Kafeela's murder
Canadian Intelligence Agencies and Islamabad Police on Wednesday started investigation over mysterious death of Canadian national Kafeela Siddiqui.
HTML | Published: 2007-06-14 | Added: 2007-06-17

No lessons learned
Pressured by victims' families, Harper's minority government launched the inquiry last year to find out what had gone wrong. During the trial it emerged that both the RCMP and CSIS had been aware of threats to attack Air India.
HTML | Published: 2007-06-14 | Added: 2007-06-17

State agents say inquests causing 'judicial terrorism'
CSIS is struggling to comply with the judicial inquiries atop of processes already laden with overseers. While hindsight may always be 20/20, those who investigate cases in real time find it difficult to connect the dots when the whole page is  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-06-09 | Added: 2007-06-11

17 arrests part of bigger plot: investigators
The 17 suspects arrested in Toronto one year ago today for allegedly belonging to an al- Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell were part of a larger group of almost 50 that were under investigation, sources say.
HTML | Published: 2007-06-02 | Added: 2007-06-03

CSIS: Confucius used in China's quest for power
Canada's spy service believes China has enlisted Confucius in its drive for global dominance. A newly declassified CSIS report says Beijing is out to win the world's hearts and minds, not just its economic markets, as a means of cementing power.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-29 | Added: 2007-06-03

National plan to protect us from terrorists
The government plans to roll out a national strategy to protect critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks and other threats. Support could be provided by the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre, an around-the-clock operation headquartered at  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-05-26 | Added: 2007-06-03

No new agency for foreign intelligence, top spy says
The head of Canada's spy service says it would take time to teach his agents the art of gathering human intelligence overseas but the process would be faster and cheaper than creating an entirely new agency to do the work.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-29 | Added: 2007-06-03

Sikh issue flared quickly, former CSIS agent testifies
The 1984 storming of a Sikh temple by the Indian army forced Canada's spy agency to recognize the extent of Sikh extremism in the country, a former CSIS agent told the Air India inquiry.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-22 | Added: 2007-06-03

CSIS knew of looming Air India attack: witnesses
Former justice department lawyer Graham Pinos says he was told by a senior intelligence officer that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) feared that Sikh extremists would likely blow up a plane at some point.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-17 | Added: 2007-05-20

Day seeks security powers
The government also says it will expand the ability of Canada's spy agency -- the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) -- to do covert foreign intelligence gathering abroad.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-16 | Added: 2007-05-20

Snooper blooper
Among the numerous Conservative initiatives that make far better election promises than sound public policy, we can apparently scratch the plan to create a separate Canadian intelligence agency to spy on other countries.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-17 | Added: 2007-05-20

CSIS keen to polish image
Eager to burnish its image in the age of 24-hour news and probing public inquiries, CSIS has launched an aggressive outreach strategy to educate key stakeholders about the service's role, and even influence public debate on national security.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-14 | Added: 2007-05-19

Canada to launch no-fly list in June
A Canadian no-fly list of people to be barred from boarding domestic and international airline flights is set to take effect June 18. The no-fly list will be drawn up by Transport Canada, with input from the RCMP and CSIS.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-12 | Added: 2007-05-13

Canadians lining up to join spy agency
More and more Canadians are lining up to become spies, the agency says. Last year, more than 14,500 people submitted applications for jobs in CSIS. Of that number, CSIS hired 100 as intelligence officers -- or spies.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-12 | Added: 2007-05-13

No 'specific' threat before bombing
Canada's spy agency hardly ever collected enough details to categorize any terrorist threat as a specific one in the months leading up to the 1985 Air India bombing, says a former security officer.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-09 | Added: 2007-05-13

Ottawa may still boost Canada's foreign intelligence abilities
Jim Judd, CSIS Director, acknowledged Canada cannot fully meet its intelligence requirements without beefing up its overseas operations. But the government is still debating how to plug that gap.
HTML | Published: 2007-04-30 | Added: 2007-05-13

Tiger's Collecting Funds in Canada : Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers use pressure to raise funds, Canadian police say
The Tamil Tigers terrorist group has been aggressively fundraising in Montreal using a sophisticated pre-authorized payment scheme and other methods to collect money from the city's 25,000-strong Tamil community, according to Canadian intelligence.
HTML | Published: 2007-05-11 | Added: 2007-05-13

CSIS Chief says Spies from 15 Nations Working in Canada
Testifying before the Senate's defence and national security committee, which is studying how Canada's security and intelligence services operate and are monitored, Jim Judd said at any given time, about 15 countries will have spies on Canadian  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-05-02 | Added: 2007-05-09

Convicted terrorist recants testimony against Montreal man
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service claims Ressam identified Charkaoui as someone he met at an Al-Qa'ida training camp in Afghanistan - an allegation Charkaoui denies.
HTML | Published: 2007-04-21 | Added: 2007-05-06

Spies at work
CSIS is conducting regular interviews and interrogations with hundreds of Arabs and Muslims across Canada at their work places, homes and in the vicinity of local mosques, say national and Montreal-based Arab and Muslim community groups.
HTML | Published: 2007-04-14 | Added: 2007-05-03

Canada needs counterterrorism chief, says former CSIS boss
Canada should appoint a politically independent intelligence czar who would co-ordinate the operations of security and intelligence agencies such as the RCMP and CSIS, the former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-27 | Added: 2007-04-22

CSIS alters description of terrorists
CSIS has changed the way it describes such terrorists as Osama bin Laden, dropping the word Islamic in favour of Islamist. CSIS had been calling al-Qaeda types Sunni Islamic extremists, but they are now to be labelled Islamist extremists.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-25 | Added: 2007-04-22

Tory vow to launch spy agency has fizzled, source says
The Conservative campaign promise to launch a foreign intelligence service has quietly vanished from sight, government sources say. The plan, announced during the last election as part of the party's ambitious security agenda, is not entirely dead.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-27 | Added: 2007-04-22

Watchdog complains of secrecy
Plunkett also expresses concern to Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day about CSIS's troubling information handling practices and the lack of adequate policy for the spy service's overseas operations.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-22 | Added: 2007-04-22

Homegrown extremism on rise
Canada needs to do more to fight homegrown Islamist terrorism, says a classified intelligence report that puts part of the blame on parents. The briefing says Canada is increasingly threatened by radicalized members of the Muslim community.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-20 | Added: 2007-03-27

Radicalization and Jihad in the West
As a follow-up to the arrest of 17 terrorist suspects in the Toronto area earlier this month, CSIS has prepared an analysis of the phenomenon of radicalization.
PDF | Published: 2006-06-07 | Added: 2007-03-27

Spy agency watchdog says secrecy rules keep her in dark
The federal watchdog over Canada's spy agency warns that cabinet secrecy is hampering her ability to keep an eye on what CSIS is doing.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-21 | Added: 2007-03-27

National spy agency holds recruiting drive at UVic
Hoag, a senior CSIS intelligence officer, visited the UVic campus as part of a recruiting drive. The agency is looking for new intelligence officers, surveillants, information analysts, communications specialists and other technical and field staff.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-14 | Added: 2007-03-18

Creation of CSIS made Canada less safe: ex-Mountie
Stripping the RCMP of responsibility for intelligence-gathering and handing the job over to CSIS made Canada a more dangerous place, not a safer one, a former senior Mountie says.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-07 | Added: 2007-03-13

National security 'failed Air India'
The newly minted Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), created a year earlier and made up mostly of former RCMP intelligence officers, had been tracking and wiretapping alleged Air India terrorist mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar.
HTML | Published: 2007-03-06 | Added: 2007-03-10

Integrating terrorism intelligence resources
Nine departments are represented in ITAC: the Privy Council Office, Foreign Affairs Canada, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, National Defence, Canada Border Services Agency, Transport Canada, CSE, CSIS and the RCMP.
HTML | Published: 2007-02-24 | Added: 2007-02-24

Harper moves to resolve dispute threatening Air India probe
The question of national security has been raised by government agencies - CSIS, the RCMP, Foreign Affairs and others - that the public interest would be jeopardized in this era of violent world-wide terrorism if many of these documents were made  [...]
HTML | Published: 2007-02-20 | Added: 2007-02-22

Al-Qaeda calls for attacks on Canadian oil facilities
An online message, posted by The Al-Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula, declares we should strike petroleum interests in all areas which supply the United States like Canada. CSIS said it was aware of the posting.
HTML | Published: 2007-02-14 | Added: 2007-02-19

Conservative's foreign spy agency promise in limbo
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's election promise to create a foreign-intelligence agency appears to be on the backburner, despite calls from Canada's spy agency to increase activity abroad.
HTML | Published: 2007-02-13 | Added: 2007-02-19

CSIS defends watching Somali mosques
Canadian intelligence officers have been questioning Muslim youths who worship at Toronto's Somali mosques, according to a Canadian Arab Federation leader.
HTML | Published: 2007-02-17 | Added: 2007-02-19

Story of Israeli spy in Toronto 'nonsense,' Israel says
Israeli officials are denying a report of an Israeli spy operating in Toronto. DFAIT said it has been in contact with the Canadian Embassy in Cairo and is investigating the report of el-Attar's arrest. CSIS will not comment on the issue.
HTML | Published: 2007-02-06 | Added: 2007-02-19

CSIS, RCMP probe threatening 'FLQ' letter
The RCMP is taking very seriously a recent threatening letter signed by a group claiming to be a new cell of the FLQ, a Quebec terrorist group active in the 1960s and 1970s.
HTML | Published: 2007-01-18 | Added: 2007-02-12

Canada boosts intelligence
As universities struggle to meet the growing post-9-11 demand for courses in security and intelligence, Canada's spy agency has revved up recruiting efforts to fill positions soon to be vacated by retiring baby boomers.
HTML | Published: 2007-02-04 | Added: 2007-02-08

Ex-KGB to be deported from Canada
Mikhail Alexander Lennikov, 46, was a Communist youth league leader who spied on Soviet university students and Japanese business men on behalf of the KGB. He was employed by the KGB from 1981 to 1988.
HTML | Published: 2007-02-01 | Added: 2007-02-08

Canada's spy master warns of excessive security measures
Canada's spy master is warning that excessive government secrecy and draconian counter-terrorism measures will only play into the hands of terrorists.
HTML | Published: 2007-01-27 | Added: 2007-01-28

Canadians to face more pre-flight scrutiny
The RCMP and CSIS will be able to examine up to 34 pieces of information about everyone who flies in Canada under a comprehensive passenger screening program being developed by Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.
HTML | Published: 2007-01-24 | Added: 2007-01-24

Alleged Canada terror leader was "time-bomb" -mole
A CSIS mole who infiltrated a group accused of plotting terror attacks on Canadian targets, including Parliament, says the alleged leader of the gang was a time bomb, who hoped to build an insurgent army in Canada's north.
HTML | Published: 2007-01-18 | Added: 2007-01-21

Canada's spy agency eager to fill positions
As universities struggle to meet the growing post-9-11 demand for courses in security and intelligence, Canada's spy agency has revved up recruiting efforts to fill positions soon to be vacated by retiring baby boomers.
HTML | Published: 2007-01-11 | Added: 2007-01-11

Canada throws out 'Russian spy'
Canada has deported a man accused of assuming a false identity over a 10-year period to spy for Russia. Canada's intelligence agency said in court papers it believed the man to be part of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, the successor to the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-12-27 | Added: 2007-01-05

The hottest postsecondary field? Intelligence
Academic specialists in security and intelligence studies say their courses have never been so popular, but Canada's universities have been unable to get the faculty and other resources to meet the demand.
HTML | Published: 2007-01-01 | Added: 2007-01-05

Arar inquiry urges more scrutiny of Canada's intelligence activities
The Maher Arar inquiry has unfurled blueprints for a stronger, more co-ordinated family of watchdogs to keep an eye on the RCMP and other federal security organizations. Justice Dennis O'Connor suggests better scrutiny of the intelligence community.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-12 | Added: 2007-01-03

Can we trust MPs to oversee the overseers?
Mr. Justice Dennis O'Connor's second report on the Arar affair proposes the creation of one powerful new agency and the expansion of another with broad mandates and real powers to watch over the national security apparatus.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-13 | Added: 2007-01-03

CSIS fears terrorist 'dirty bomb'
Canada's spy agency says it is quite surprising that terrorists have not detonated a crude radioactive bomb, given the availability of materials and ease with which they could be made into a weapon.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-13 | Added: 2007-01-03

Hezbollah still operating in Canada
The Toronto-based National Post newspaper, which used the Access to Information Act to attain copies of several secret intelligence assessments, reported that they were generated in response to last summer's war between Israel and Hezbollah.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-22 | Added: 2007-01-03

O'Connor recommends more oversight of RCMP, CSIS
The report stopped short of recommending a review super agency, as some experts expected, instead opting for a pair of bodies that will monitor the RCMP, CSIS and five other agencies involved with national security.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-13 | Added: 2007-01-03

Spies pillage our economy
In the past year alone CSIS has been conducting counter-intelligence against 25 countries, a similar number of organizations and about 150 individuals. Canada needs new laws dealing with those who steal our secrets, as well as a widened mandate for  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-12-10 | Added: 2006-12-13

Spymasters gather in New Zealand
The world's top spy chiefs - including the heads of the CIA and British, Australian and Canadian agencies - have been meeting in secret this week in New Zealand. The elite Anglo-Saxon group is known as Echelon.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-29 | Added: 2006-12-10

Super-watchdog over Mounties could emerge from bungled Arar case
A super-watchdog to help keep tabs on the RCMP and other players in the intelligence world could emerge from the bungling that marked the Maher Arar affair.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-08 | Added: 2006-12-10

Canadians to deport 'Russian spy'
The intelligence agency said the man had spied on Canada for 10 years and worked for a successor to the Soviet KGB, the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), which deals with foreign operations and intelligence-gathering.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-05 | Added: 2006-12-05

Alleged spy on the radar for awhile: Day
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day hinted yesterday that Canadian intelligence officers were watching a suspected Russian spy long before he was arrested in Montreal two weeks ago.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-28 | Added: 2006-12-03

Canada detainee 'is Russian spy'
Canadian intelligence services say a man arrested trying to leave the country last week is a Russian spy with forged identity papers. The man, who used the false name Paul William Hampel, will appear in court in Montreal facing calls for his  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-11-22 | Added: 2006-11-30

Canada says suspected foreign spy is Russian
Canada believes a suspected foreign spy arrested in Montreal last week was a Russian agent who had pretended to be Canadian for more than a decade. CSIS has complained that foreign governments are mounting increasingly sophisticated spying  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-11-21 | Added: 2006-11-30

I spy... a Russian
The arrest of an alleged Russia spy on Canadian soil has brought espionage out of the shadows. Will it also boost support for one of Ottawa's most controversial post-9/11 policies?
HTML | Published: 2006-11-23 | Added: 2006-11-30

Canada sends Chinese official home over snooping charges: Epoch Times report
The government recently refused to extend the diplomatic visa of Wang Pengfei, a second secretary at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa suspected of spying on Falun Gong practitioners while posted in Ottawa.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-17 | Added: 2006-11-19

Cold war spying never really ended
In Canada, the government remains the primary target of foreign spies who constantly attempt to infiltrate key federal departments to gain access to political and military secrets, according to CSIS.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-16 | Added: 2006-11-19

Intelligence in Canada: A look under the hood
1984: Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is created to guard against activities that constitute threats to the security of Canada.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-17 | Added: 2006-11-19

Ottawa moves to deport alleged Russian spy
According to unconfirmed reports, an alleged Russian spy was about to leave the country when he was nabbed. If true, former CSIS agent Michel Juneau Katsuya said that would be a significant success for Canada's intelligence agency.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-16 | Added: 2006-11-18

Spy in Canada?
Counter-intelligence officers at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had been working to identify the man, who slipped illicitly into the country several years ago and maintained a low profile while developing a Canadian legend, or false  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-11-15 | Added: 2006-11-18

Mounties brace for bark from a new watchdog
Two months after his first report ripped the RCMP for putting an innocent Canadian in harm's way, O'Connor is adding finishing touches on recommendations to make the famous — sometimes infamous — force publicly accountable.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-09 | Added: 2006-11-12

They're watching you
Canadians should know the same powder keg likely as in the US won't blow here, according to Martin Rudner. First and foremost, it's illegal. And the CSE is subject to considerable oversight.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-30 | Added: 2006-11-05

Watchdog: RCMP failed to give CSIS key Arar info
It's obvious something went awry when the RCMP failed to share key information about the Maher Arar affair with the rest of the Canadian intelligence establishment, says the head of a federal watchdog group.
HTML | Published: 2006-11-01 | Added: 2006-11-05

CSIS kept tabs on 274 terror suspects last year
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service had 274 individual terrorist suspects in its sights last year, according to a new government report that identifies Islamic extremism as the biggest terrorist threat facing Canada.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-27 | Added: 2006-10-30

CSIS boss wants bigger foreign spying role; former MI6 chief seconds call
The head of Canada's spy agency says CSIS must expand its ability to work abroad in an era when Canadians increasingly turn up in hotspots as soldiers, hostages and refugees.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-28 | Added: 2006-10-29

Harper promet une CIA canadienne
Sous un éventuel gouvernement conservateur, le Canada se lancerait dans l'espionnage international. C'est ce qu'a promis Stephen Harper en reprenant une idée soulevée plusieurs fois par les libéraux depuis les attentats terroristes du 11 septembre  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-10-29 | Added: 2006-10-29

Intelligence watchdog raps CSIS over policy on human rights abuses
The watchdog over CSIS recommends the spy agency make it official policy to consider a country's human rights record and possible security abuses before handing over information.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-27 | Added: 2006-10-29

Le SCRS veut élargir son mandat
Le directeur du SCRS souhaite que le ministre de la Sécurité publique aille de l'avant avec son projet d'élargir le mandat de l'agence afin que des espions puissent intervenir dans les points chauds du monde où le Canada est de plus en plus  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-10-28 | Added: 2006-10-29

Spy chief reveals extent of foreign missions
CSIS agents have operated in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, its head revealed at a conference. While CSIS has acknowledged its foreign activities in recent years, this is the first time it identified what it was doing in specific countries.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-28 | Added: 2006-10-29

Mole Reportedly Helped Police Thwart Alleged Ont. Terror Plot
A young agricultural engineer was a key part of the investigation to foil the alleged plot to blow up targets around the GTA and the province. The man became a mole for Canadian authorities because he wanted to prevent a tragedy involving civilians.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-14 | Added: 2006-10-15

Reopen probe, Arar asks CSIS watchdog
Maher Arar wants CSIS's watchdog to reopen its investigation into the intelligence agency's failure to recognize that he was being tortured in Syria.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-11 | Added: 2006-10-13

Jaballah dangerous, CSIS warns
A Canadian spy told a judge that he believes Mahmoud Jaballah is a member of the Egyptian Islamic terrorist group Al Jihad and will reconnect with terrorists if released to his family in Scarborough, even under strict bail conditions.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-06 | Added: 2006-10-08

Case casts shadow on Canadian intelligence, US
The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the RCMP were dragging their feet on the matter, while the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade pursued his release more actively.
HTML | Published: 2006-09-20 | Added: 2006-10-05

Day sees role for MPs in holding RCMP, CSIS to account on security issues
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day suggested an all-party committee of Parliament could keep tabs on both the RCMP and CSIS, and said that a watchdog group of MPs could help ensure the Mounties and CSIS don't go off the rails.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-02 | Added: 2006-10-05

CSIS didn't want Arar returned to Canada
Liberal Public Safety critic Irwin Cotler said he has concerns about Justice Dennis O'Connor's report on Maher Arar which documents CSIS' resistance to bringing Mr. Arar home in 2003, when the government intended to pressure Syria to release him.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-02 | Added: 2006-10-02

CSIS is lost in translations
Insiders say CSIS reports written in French have been ignored or delayed, sometimes by weeks, by the need to translate them so unilingual English-speaking senior officers can understand them.
HTML | Published: 2006-09-12 | Added: 2006-10-02

Defence challenges CSIS intelligence in security certificate case
Defence lawyer Barbara Jackman, arguing for Mahmoud Jaballah, detained on a national security certificate for the second time, categorized the research by CSIS as sloppy and that its officers are susceptible to tunnel vision.
HTML | Published: 2006-09-12 | Added: 2006-10-02

L'existence de la cellule Alliance Base confirmée
En tout 6 pays avec des Canadiens, des Britanniques, des Australiens, des Allemands et des Français sont réunis au sein de cette cellule sous commandement français et dont le but est de traquer les terroristes d'Al Qaïda.
HTML | Published: 2006-09-08 | Added: 2006-10-02

Minister Day favours role for Parliament in overseeing security operations
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said he thinks MPs have a role to play in monitoring both the RCMP and CSIS. But he says the members of any oversight committee would have to be sworn to secrecy on the operational details of security matters.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-01 | Added: 2006-10-02

Report of the Events Relating to Maher Arar: Analysis and Recommendations
Official report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar.
PDF | Published: 2006-09-18 | Added: 2006-10-02

Terrorisme : une base secrète DGSE-CIA à Paris
Cette base antiterroriste est coordonnée par un général français, ancien chef de poste de la DGSE à Washington. Quatre autres pays collaboreraient au dispositif : la Grande-Bretagne, l'Allemagne, le Canada et l'Australie.
HTML | Published: 2005-07-04 | Added: 2006-10-02

CSIS 'ignored' terror threats
Terrorism and other national security reports from Montreal CSIS agents were ignored or delayed in translation because of anti-French prejudices and language incompetence within the spy agency's senior Ottawa ranks.
HTML | Published: 2006-09-09 | Added: 2006-10-01

Spies working in Canada
Foreign spies are plying their trade on Canadian soil, according to a CSIS report. Some countries send their James Bonds to Canada to lead strong-arm espionage, destabilization or intimidation operations in the hearts of local immigrant communities.
HTML | Published: 2006-09-09 | Added: 2006-10-01

As far as shopping for terror, Canada seems to be the place
The FBI-intercepted conversations alluded to in the case bear a striking resemblance to similar ones involving Hezbollah that Canadian spies picked up years ago. Those conversations were overheard and chronicled at length by CSIS.
HTML | Published: 2006-08-28 | Added: 2006-08-30

Ottawa warned economic spying will ramp up in Canada
Canadian Security Intelligence Service documents obtained by CanWest News Service say that while economic spying is often thought of as a Cold War relic, rapid globalization since then is actually making it worse.
HTML | Published: 2006-08-29 | Added: 2006-08-30

The new agenda for Canada's intelligence service
The scale of Canadian security interest in the London plot will have everything to do with the new reality of terrorist organizations, the closeness of alliance relationships in the secret world, and the barb of past criticism of Canadian  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-08-12 | Added: 2006-08-19

CSIS spy networks in mosques not meant to target Islam, experts say
Places of worship are only investigated if suspicious individuals are known to frequent them, former employees of the spy agency and the RCMP said Monday in response to media reports that said CSIS has infiltrated virtually every mosque in Toronto.
HTML | Published: 2006-08-01 | Added: 2006-08-07

Alleged Toronto terrorist cell included Canadian Security Intelligence Service mole
The revelation that CSIS had a mole planted within the group arrested in Toronto in early June for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks is being used by Canadian authorities and the corporate media to continue their campaign to create a climate of  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-07-28 | Added: 2006-07-30

ASEAN To Enter Counterterrorism Declaration With Canada
The declaration details the commitment to exchange intelligence on terrorist organizations, their attack methods, weapons, financing and movement along with sharing of counter terrorism measures and experiences in each country, according to a draft of  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-07-25 | Added: 2006-07-30

Muslims say CSIS has spies in many mosques
Canada's police and intelligence agencies, through their use of paid Muslim informants, effectively have spies in virtually every major mosque in Toronto.
HTML | Published: 2006-07-28 | Added: 2006-07-30

U.S. gets lesson on fighting terror
Four members of the House homeland security subcommittee on intelligence met with CSIS, the RCMP and the Ontario Provincial Police for briefings on the operation that led to the June 2 arrest of 17 suspects in an alleged homegrown terrorist cell.
HTML | Published: 2006-07-18 | Added: 2006-07-21

Canadian Muslim says he infiltrated "terror" gang
Mubin Shaikh told CBC television and two major newspapers that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy service had asked him last year to try to infiltrate the group of 17 men, who were arrested in early June.
HTML | Published: 2006-07-18 | Added: 2006-07-18

U.S. to study security lessons
Four U.S. lawmakers arrive in Toronto tomorrow to learn how Canadian authorities thwarted an alleged terrorist plot last month. The members of Congress will likely meet with local law enforcement officials, the RCMP, CSIS as well as local Muslim  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-07-15 | Added: 2006-07-18

Is using informants in terror cases entrapment?
The Toronto Star reports that sources say the man first worked for Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), and then became a paid RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] agent once a criminal investigation was launched.
HTML | Published: 2006-07-13 | Added: 2006-07-14

Mole infiltrated alleged terror group: report
A new report says a prominent member of Toronto's Muslim community infiltrated an alleged terror cell in Ontario as a mole for CSIS and the RCMP.
HTML | Published: 2006-07-14 | Added: 2006-07-14

Air India inquiry gets under way
Families of the victims were furious when they saw the alleged B.C. plotters walk last year. It didn't help to hear the investigation had been compromised by bungling, the destruction of wiretaps and rivalry between the RCMP and CSIS.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-21 | Added: 2006-07-06

Arar inquiry moves closer to report, but some evidence may stay secret
RCMP investigators acknowledged they had Arar under surveillance and shared information about him with U.S. officials. But the Mounties denied any role in the decision to send him to Syria. So did CSIS, although they discussed the case with the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-06-27 | Added: 2006-07-06

Canada could escape attack, CSIS says
CSIS Director Jim Judd said it's possible Canada will be spared major terrorist attacks like those that have hit other Western countries in recent years.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-20 | Added: 2006-07-06

CSIS spy school curriculum too secret to talk about
Every summer for the past seven years, espionage specialists from around the world have gathered in Ottawa for spy school. The teacher is the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The pupils are a state secret.
HTML | Published: 2006-07-04 | Added: 2006-07-06

FBI probes Toronto tie to foreign terror cells
However, I can say that both the RCMP and CSIS co-operate closely with U.S. law-enforcement agencies on investigations of mutual interest. We are in contact with the U.S. with respect to [the Toronto] arrests.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-23 | Added: 2006-07-06

Foreign spies target Canada's natural resource sector, CSIS says
In its latest annual report, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns scientific and technological developments in Canada's natural resource sector are also a prime target.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-22 | Added: 2006-07-06

Montreal man accused of being trained Sikh assassin closer to deportation
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says there are reasonable grounds to believe Sogi, 45, is actually Gurnam Singh, alias Piare Singh, a member of the Sikh extremist organization Babbar Khalsa International.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-29 | Added: 2006-07-06

Homegrown terror: It's not over
For years, police and CSIS spooks have kept a close eye on the Salaheddin Islamic Centre, a former warehouse in east-end Toronto. From the comfort of their cars, anonymous agents watched Ahmed Said Khadr -- Osama bin Laden's senior man in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-19 | Added: 2006-06-23

Le SCRS a-t-il provoqué Toronto?
M. Galati se demande si l'importance de ce réseau n'a pas été sciemment gonflée par le SCRS pour monter un spectacle à des fins politiques.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-20 | Added: 2006-06-22

Canada no haven for terrorists, CSIS head tells U.S.
The head of Canada's spy agency dismissed American suggestions that Canada is a haven for terrorists and a nation of lax immigration laws.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-15 | Added: 2006-06-17

CSIS asked suspects' parents for help
Months before police moved in to arrest 17 terror suspects alleged to have planned bombings against targets in Southern Ontario, Canadian spies asked some of the suspects' parents to keep an eye on their children.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-15 | Added: 2006-06-17

Canada to send more spies abroad, Day says
The next front in Canada's war on terrorism will involve sending more spies abroad, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says. Mr. Day said Canada needs to increase its ability to collect foreign intelligence abroad.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-08 | Added: 2006-06-10

Foreign spies mulled
Facing questions about Canada's intelligence-gathering capacity at home and abroad, Day said he wants MPs to study whether it's best to expand CSIS' operations abroad or to establish a new independent, CIA-like foreign spy agency.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-08 | Added: 2006-06-10

Terror in Toronto or Tempest in a Teapot?
The arrest in Toronto of seventeen men, mostly quite young, for conspiracy to bomb places in Southern Ontario has raised a storm of comment. Unfortunately, much of it has been either premature or wrong.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-10 | Added: 2006-06-10

Wake-up call for Canada
A Toronto author says his just released book -- Inside Canadian Intelligence -- was written as a wake-up call. One day after Dwight Hamilton released his book Torontonians found out there may have been a homegrown terror ring in their midst.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-09 | Added: 2006-06-10

Nevermind foreign terrorists, why is Canada growing its own extremists?
"Increasingly, we are learning of more and more extremists that are homegrown," says a declassified CSIS report obtained by the National Post. "The implications of this shift are important."
HTML | Published: 2006-06-03 | Added: 2006-06-09

Nine lessons from CSIS's war on terror
Canadians need to wake up, homegrown phenomenon, homegrowns have struck before, the web is the new Afghanistan, Afghan mission's increased threat, CSIS sees hundreds of targets, CSIS active abroad, Khadr treated with kid gloves, CSIS spies can't  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-06-06 | Added: 2006-06-07

Terror in Toronto
According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (Canada's CIA), the group intended to blow up government buildings, including the CSIS and RCMP headquarters in Toronto, in retaliation for Canada's support of America in the War on Terror.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-05 | Added: 2006-06-07

Canada Arrests 17 in Al-Qaeda Inspired Bomb Plot
Canadian police arrested 12 men and five youths, saying they were members of a terrorist ring that plotted to build bombs to set off in southern Ontario, including the downtown Toronto office of Canada's spy agency.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-03 | Added: 2006-06-06

Terror suspects plotted two separate attacks
The young men charged with plotting terrorist attacks against Canadian targets were allegedly planning two separate strikes one to detonate a truck bomb to destroy a significant building and the other to open fire on a crowd in a public place.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-06 | Added: 2006-06-06

17 Suspected Terrorists Arrested in Canada
Canadian police and intelligence agents say they foiled a
HTML | Published: 2006-06-03 | Added: 2006-06-04

Terrorism threat becomes reality for Canadians as cops allege homegrown plot
The lingering threat of global terrorism became a concrete reality for Canadians on Saturday following allegations that 17 people plotted an imminent attack with three times the explosive material used in the devastating Oklahoma City bombing.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-04 | Added: 2006-06-04

Twelve held in Canada terror raid
The RCMP and other government security agencies, including intelligence and border security, have been conducting a lengthy investigation involving 400 people - the largest of its kind in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-03 | Added: 2006-06-03

Canada spy warns of home-grown terror
A Canadian intelligence official has warned lawmakers that the country faces a threat of home-grown terrorists and could see itself the victim of an attack similar to the 7 July bombings of London's transport network.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-31 | Added: 2006-06-01

Counterterror tool time
The evidence usually takes the form of raw intelligence which couldn't be entered in a court of law anyway. The fact that security certificates have a much lower burden of proof probably explains why Ottawa prefers them to criminal charges under  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-05-31 | Added: 2006-06-01

CSIS concedes nine of 10 immigration applicants not screened
About 90 per cent of immigration applicants from Pakistan and Afghanistan hotbeds for Islamic fundamentalism and central in the fight against terrorism haven't been adequately screened for security concerns over the past five years, CSIS said.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-30 | Added: 2006-05-30

CSIS implements a new operational structure
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) implemented a new operational structure on May 1st, 2006.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-01 | Added: 2006-05-30

CSIS stretched too far
Canada's stretched spy agency can vet a mere fraction of immigrants and refugees coming from the fertile terrorist breeding grounds of Pakistan and Afghanistan, says a top CSIS official.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-29 | Added: 2006-05-30

CSIS to be investigated
The watchdog over CSIS has been asked to probe the prickly question of whether the spy agency relies on information extracted through torture.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-28 | Added: 2006-05-30

Home-grown terrorists living in Canada: CSIS
CSIS is warning of an increasing threat from home-grown terrorists already living in communities across the country. Young Canadians from immigrant backgrounds are becoming radicalized through the internet and are looking for targets at home, not  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-05-29 | Added: 2006-05-30

International and National Terrorist Threats to Surface Transportation
CSIS conducted classified studies on the terrorist threat to Canadian transportation systems. Two of those classified studies have now been declassified and released in redacted form.
PDF | Published: 2003-03-04 | Added: 2006-05-30

National security organizations open up on racial profiling, 'secret police'
Fears about racial profiling, secret evidence and abuse of power were at the forefront of a discussion between Edmontonians and Canadian security organizations. Representatives from CSIS, the RCMP and CBSA met with about 50 members of the public.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-29 | Added: 2006-05-30

New CSIS organisational chart
The Service's new structure is geographically-based, with each branch being responsible for investigating all threats emanating from their respective geographic areas.
JPG | Published: 2006-05-01 | Added: 2006-05-30

Senate grills witnesses on Afghan mission
RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli and CSIS Director Jim Judd were expected to answer questions about whether Canada faces a greater threat to security within its own borders because of what its troops are doing to help rebuild Afghanistan.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-29 | Added: 2006-05-30

The International Terrorist Threat to Maritime Transportation
CSIS conducted classified studies on the terrorist threat to Canadian transportation systems. Two of those classified studies have now been declassified and released in redacted form.
PDF | Published: 2003-05-15 | Added: 2006-05-30

Assessing the terror threat in Canada
The annual CSIS Report by its director Jim Judd states that it is now probable an Islamic extremist group will try to launch an attack on Canadian soil. It's a sobering statement, but not surprising.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-16 | Added: 2006-05-21

Even James Bond had to start someplace
Canada's spy agency is undertaking a major recruitment drive for the first time in almost two decades. And in an unusual move for a top-secret organization, CSIS launched a year-long ad campaign in the career sections of leading Canadian newspapers.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-17 | Added: 2006-05-21

Canada needs to do more spying: Day
Canada's public safety minister says the country needs a more robust foreign spying capability to counter terrorists out to attack the civilized world. Stockwell Day said the government would either create a new spy agency or expand CSIS' mandate.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-10 | Added: 2006-05-18

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is seeking applications for a career in Surveillance in the cities of Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-16 | Added: 2006-05-18

Al Qaida assault on Canada 'probable,' warns CSIS
While the threat from al-Qaida remains strongest overseas, a terrorist attack on Canadian soil is "now probable,'' the head of Canada's spy agency has quietly advised the government.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-09 | Added: 2006-05-17

CSIS agent's tip called 'strange'
An agent from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, known only as "Rocky from Windsor," told the OPP that Stoney Point Indians had weapons weeks before native activist Anthony (Dudley) George was killed in a massive police operation.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-09 | Added: 2006-05-17

Keeping Canada safe
Canada has been accused of "freeloading" off other western intelligence services. This winter's election campaign saw the Conservatives promise to expand Canada's ability to collect foreign intelligence.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-15 | Added: 2006-05-17

Super-spies: New agency or CSIS?
The Conservative government, he said, is still considering whether to create a separate new service to gather foreign intelligence and conduct overseas activities, or simply to expand the legal mandate for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-11 | Added: 2006-05-17

La menace terroriste ne doit pas faire oublier les risques d'espionnage
Malgré l'obsession actuelle des services secrets envers la menace terroriste, des puissances étrangères se livrent toujours à l'espionnage classique et la cueillette de renseignements a certainement augmenté au cours des dernières années au Canada.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-09 | Added: 2006-05-16

Canada urged to build foreign spying agency
Whether Canada should create a foreign spy service, along the lines of the CIA or MI6, has been an on-again, off-again debate for decades. The new government has vowed to create a foreign intelligence agency, although it has yet to reveal plans.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-04 | Added: 2006-05-08

Canada pinches Tamil Tigers' pocketbooks
The United States, Britain, and India have already banned the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization. And CSIS recommended that Canada ban the group in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Act on three separate occasions, most recently a year ago.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-03 | Added: 2006-05-03

Harper launches Air India inquiry
Bob Rae recommended the inquiry focus on whether the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service co-operated adequately in the investigation.
HTML | Published: 2006-05-01 | Added: 2006-05-01

Israel denies passport claims
Israel is denying allegations its secret service is using Canadian passports and the Canadian government is downplaying the claims, but a former Canadian spy expert says it would be naive to think this kind of trade in documentation isn't  [...]
HTML | Published: 1998-11-05 | Added: 2006-04-29

Secret agent blues
With the Mounties who have filled our spy ranks since 1984 slowly ending their careers, CSIS is hunting for a large number of intelligence officers, and watchers, for surveillance work.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-28 | Added: 2006-04-29

Islamic group's lawsuit against former CSIS official is dismissed
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations has issued a press release purporting to report the outcome of a defamation lawsuit in which David B. Harris, INSIGNIS Director, was a defendant.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-24 | Added: 2006-04-27

Chinese ambassador rejects espionage claims
CSIS intelligence files reportedly suggest that an estimated 1,000 Chinese agents and informants operate in Canada. Many of them are visiting students, scientists and business people, told to steal cutting-edge technology.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-20 | Added: 2006-04-25

Shocking Autobiography Published "Canada's Spies Attacked Me: A True Story of CSIS Terrorizing a Canadian Abroad"
Canada's Spies Attacked Me: A True Story of CSIS Terrorizing a Canadian Abroad is a autobiography about how the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) attacked the author, Mark Garzone, in America.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-23 | Added: 2006-04-25

Anatomy of the Baghdad hostage rescue
The mission, led by Britain's secretive Task Force Black, involved the work of several Canadian agencies, including the RCMP, Department of Defence, CSIS and soldiers from the elite counterterrorism unit JTF 2.
HTML | Published: 2006-03-27 | Added: 2006-04-18

Espionage still a danger to Canada: CSIS watchdog
The federal watchdog over Canada's spy agency is warning that the current obsession with terrorism shouldn't blind CSIS to another danger: good old-fashioned espionage.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-09 | Added: 2006-04-18

Government 'concerned' about Chinese espionage
As the opposition leader, Harper himself pressured Martin to confront the Chinese government, quoting estimates by former Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya on the number of spies operating in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-14 | Added: 2006-04-18

Internal CSIS report maps out new plan for foreign spy operations
A secret CSIS task force has called for a fresh injection of resources to bolster the spy agency's work overseas against terrorism. The internal blueprint is expected to chart the course for CSIS efforts to gather intelligence in foreign countries.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-03 | Added: 2006-04-18

Tamil Tigers outlawed
Although the Tigers are one of the most active terrorist groups in Canada, the Liberals had refused to outlaw their activities, frustrating the RCMP, CSIS and local police forces, which have long been investigating the Tigers' Canadian networks.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-08 | Added: 2006-04-18

How 200 soldiers saved 3 pacifists
Agents with Canada's spy service, Mounties and analysts with CSE, rotated through Baghdad's Green Zone during the four months the hostages were held captive. Members of the Defence Department's elite JTF-2 were also on the ground.
HTML | Published: 2006-03-25 | Added: 2006-03-26

Canadian spies believe a U.S. pullout from Iraq could hearten insurgents
A secret study by Canada's spy agency says insurgents wreaking havoc in Iraq would see a U.S. withdrawal of troops as a significant victory unless Baghdad first has a stable government. CSIS paints a bleak picture of dire proportions.
HTML | Published: 2006-03-13 | Added: 2006-03-14

Canadian intelligence approved CIA flights
CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the 2001 terror attacks. Internal government briefing notes revealed that senior intelligence officials from six government agencies, including CSIS, met in late November to discuss the flights.
HTML | Published: 2006-02-24 | Added: 2006-03-11

Made-in-Canada threat worries CSIS
Jim Judd, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told the Toronto Star in an interview last year the spy agency was aware of Canadians who had gone to Iraq to join the insurgency and was concerned about their eventual return to  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-02-11 | Added: 2006-02-22

Security experts back foreign spy agency
National security experts are praising prime minister-designate Stephen Harper's proposal to create a foreign spy service. The idea for a Canadian-style CIA was announced in the Conservative election platform, but received scant attention.
HTML | Published: 2006-01-30 | Added: 2006-02-04

CSIS probes Durham hijacking
Canada's spy agency is looking at the hijacking of a truck loaded with $500,000 worth of nickel pellets.
HTML | Published: 2006-01-21 | Added: 2006-01-25

Conservatives would beef up Canada's overseas spying capabilities
Conservatives would beef up Canada's overseas spying capabilities. Perhaps the Tories would simply expand CSIS's overseas activities but the cost of boosting Canada's foreign intelligence capabilities would depend largely on which option they  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-01-11 | Added: 2006-01-21

Canada's Conservatives to Set up New Anti-Terror Spy Agency
Stephen Harper said his government would set up a separate foreign spy agency to independently counter threats before they reach Canada. Harper said that the Canadian Foreign Intelligence Agency would fall under the guise of a new security czar.
HTML | Published: 2006-01-07 | Added: 2006-01-14

Harper to create Canadian CIA
Stephen Harper will create a Canadian spy organization like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to collect information on threats to Canadian security, counter threats overseas and add to allied intelligence capabilities.
HTML | Published: 2006-01-06 | Added: 2006-01-14

At last, an inquiry
Given the serious issues raised by former Ontario premier Bob Rae in his report on the 1985 terrorist bombing of an Air India jetliner, the federal government is wisely, though belatedly, calling for an inquiry.
HTML | Published: 2005-12-01 | Added: 2005-12-03

Citizens to foot the bill for CSIS
The federal government has introduced a bill to make it easier for police and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to monitor private cell phone conversations and communication over the internet.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-30 | Added: 2005-12-03

CSIS goes to Hollywood
A new American pilot, Underfunded, will feature a Canuck spy who outwits his CIA counterpart.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-24 | Added: 2005-11-28

Jihadists born here pose new threat
Counter-terrorism investigators are finding an increasing number of
HTML | Published: 2005-11-19 | Added: 2005-11-28

Canada bomb inquiry to go ahead
Canada's government has ordered a public inquiry into how the 1985 bombing of an Air India jet with the loss of 329 lives was investigated. The case was mired in controversy after it transpired evidence was destroyed by Canada's spy agency.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-23 | Added: 2005-11-24

CIA's joint intelligence centers showing results
The CIA has operated the joint intelligence centers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and the multinational center in Paris, codenamed Alliance Base, includes representatives from Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Australia.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-20 | Added: 2005-11-22

Security oversight too diffuse, SIRC chief says
Many complaints about the conduct of national security investigations cannot be fully and properly investigated because of divisions of authority even within the federal government, said Gary Filmon, chairman of the Security Intelligence Review  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-11-18 | Added: 2005-11-22

Legislation For Lawful Interception of Communications Introduced
The Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act will make subscriber contact information from telecommunications service providers available on request to designated law enforcement and CSIS officials.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-15 | Added: 2005-11-15

Watching the watchers
CSIS is still a relatively young organization requiring serious oversight. Such oversight could be provided by the proposed nine-person national security committee but their involvement will have to be more comprehensive than a night or two at a  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-11-07 | Added: 2005-11-08

Harkat still a terror threat
A senior analyst with Canada's national security service says Ottawa's Mohamed Harkat continues to pose a terrorist threat, even though he has been jailed for 34 months and his picture has been featured in newspapers across the country.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-03 | Added: 2005-11-06

Canada spy agency says it disrupted suspected terror cell
Canadian intelligence officials confirmed that authorities busted up a small suspected terrorist cell in Toronto, including an Algerian man they allege is an explosives expert trained by al Qaeda.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-03 | Added: 2005-11-03

CSIS head says Iraq war serious concern for Canada's safety
Jim Judd, the director of Canada's spy agency, says the main terror threat facing Canada comes from radicalized Canadians. And he says CSIS has seen Iraq cause that radicalization in real cases.
HTML | Published: 2005-10-31 | Added: 2005-11-02

CSIS promises on torture baseless, watchdog says
CSIS has been giving false assurances to the government that it can guarantee the intelligence it receives from foreign agencies is not obtained by torture, SIRC said in its report to Parliament.
HTML | Published: 2005-11-01 | Added: 2005-11-02

La politique canadienne de sécurité nationale, une conséquence de la transformation des institutions publiques de sécurité depuis la fin de la Guerre froide?
The Canadian Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies, Public Safety Ministries and Intelligence Services are some of the State institutions that should adjust to security and threat changes, in line with the newly proposed Canada's National Security  [...]
PDF | Published: 2004-10-30 | Added: 2005-11-01

Liddar probe is an example of how CSIS destroys lives
A former CSIS member says the spy agency's recent slipshod investigation of Bhupinder Liddar whom CSIS mistakenly declared a security threat is
HTML | Published: 2005-09-19 | Added: 2005-10-26

McLellan contradicts CSIS on torture policy
CSIS does not want intelligence from foreign agencies if the information may have been obtained by torture, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan says, contradicting testimony from senior CSIS officials last year at the Arar inquiry.
HTML | Published: 2005-09-16 | Added: 2005-10-26

Iraq is University of Terror
Iraq has become a
HTML | Published: 2005-10-21 | Added: 2005-10-24

Iraq now a terror training center-Canada spy boss
Jim Judd, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told the Toronto Star newspaper that a new generation of militants was using the war in Iraq to get first-hand experience.
HTML | Published: 2005-10-20 | Added: 2005-10-24

Report lashes Canadian spies' gross incompetence
Canada's spy service was guilty of gross incompetence in the case of a diplomat who was wrongly denied a security clearance, according to an official report. The 23-page document is a deep embarrassment for the Canadian Security Intelligence  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-09-14 | Added: 2005-10-05

Terrorism war is fought by the book
The book is a terrorist trade craft manual, scooped up in a raid on a suspected al-Qaida cell in Manchester. CSIS, the Mounties and the Foreign Office intelligence people are probably familiar with such instructions but what do they plan to counter  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-09-06 | Added: 2005-09-18

Terrorists are perpetual threat, CSIS says
Individuals who attended terrorist training camps or have opted for radical Islam must be considered threats to public safety for the indefinite future. It is highly unlikely that they will cast off their views on jihad and justification for  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-09-10 | Added: 2005-09-18

CSIS didn't suggest Arar stay in Syria: official
The No. 2 man at Canada's spy service is vigorously denying claims that his agency wanted Maher Arar to remain in Syria rather than be freed from prison and return home.
HTML | Published: 2005-08-25 | Added: 2005-08-31

Telus and the sordid past of Canada Post and CSIS
The shady links between Canada Post and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), especially those aimed at unionized postal workers, date back decades. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that such activities may occur elsewhere in the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-08-31 | Added: 2005-08-31

CSIS rapped over envoy fracas
Canada's spy agency received a rebuke yesterday from its civilian watchdog, which concluded that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was wrong to block a diplomatic appointment to India over national security concerns.
HTML | Published: 2005-08-04 | Added: 2005-08-10

CSIS stymied by tech-savvy terrorists
Canada's spy agency is having trouble keeping tabs on technologically knowledgeable terrorists and criminals, an internal document suggests, and outdated laws are to blame.
HTML | Published: 2005-08-08 | Added: 2005-08-10

Security review committee clears diplomatic nominee, lawyer says
Bhupinder Liddar's lawyer Janice Payne said SIRC veteran Paule Gauthier was categorical in her findings that there was no basis for the conclusion drawn by CSIS that Liddar was a security risk.
HTML | Published: 2005-08-03 | Added: 2005-08-04

Hunting al-Qaeda: Inside the RCMP's search for a terror cell
In the months following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, Canadian police and intelligence officials fanned out across Ontario and Quebec in search of an alleged homegrown al-Qaeda "sleeper" cell.
HTML | Published: 2005-08-02 | Added: 2005-08-03

Le SCRS mène une rare bataille publique contre un imam de Toronto
Le service canadien d'espionnage mène une rare bataille publique contre un imam torontois qui affirme que les agents fédéraux terrorisent les musulmans canadiens au lieu de lutter contre le terrorisme.
HTML | Published: 2005-07-27 | Added: 2005-07-30

50 Terror Groups Believed Operating in Canada
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service said terrorist representatives are actively raising money, procuring weapons, "manipulating immigrant communities" and facilitating travel to and from the United States and other countries.
HTML | Published: 2005-07-04 | Added: 2005-07-29

Alliance Base: Michèle Alliot-Marie évoque une coopération très poussée avec les Etats-Unis
Alliance Base, financée en majeure partie par la CIA, a pour objectif de lutter contre le terrorisme islamiste et notamment Al-Qaïda, et regrouperait des agents français, britanniques, allemands, canadiens, australiens et américains.
HTML | Published: 2005-07-04 | Added: 2005-07-29

Une structure antiterroriste unit Paris et Washington
Utilisant les services d'agents canadiens, allemands, britanniques et australiens, Alliance Base choisit méticuleusement ses cas, détermine un pays comme théâtre d'opération et remet entre les mains des agents de ce pays la tâche d'exécuter  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-07-04 | Added: 2005-07-29

CSIS angered by imam's campaign
Canada's spy service is waging a rare public battle against an outspoken Scarborough imam who claims agents who are supposed to fight terrorism are instead terrorizing Canadian Muslims.
HTML | Published: 2005-07-27 | Added: 2005-07-28

Help from France key in covert operations
The Alliance Base organisation is unique in the world because it is multinational and actually plans operations instead of sharing information among countries. It has case officers from Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia and the United  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-07-02 | Added: 2005-07-03

Interview: Former CSIS Agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya Responds
Former CSIS agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya answers questions on the work of Canadian intelligence and of its agents.
HTML | Published: 2005-06-24 | Added: 2005-06-27

Al Qaida recruterait en Afrique
Le continent africain pourrait être une terre fertile pour le réseau terroriste al-Qaida d'Osama ben Laden, selon le SCRS. Les organisations extrémistes étrangères comme al-Qaida ont exploité l'environnement permissif de ce continent.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-09 | Added: 2005-06-19

Des extrémistes islamistes de retour au Canada
Des combattants de mouvements extrémistes islamistes seraient de retour au Canada après des séjours dans des camps d'entraînement dans d'autres pays, selon un rapport des Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité (SCRS).
HTML | Published: 2005-05-09 | Added: 2005-06-19

Le Canada, réservoir de recrutement pour le réseau Al-Qaïda
Le Canada est devenu un réservoir de recrutement pour le réseau terroriste Al-Qaïda, selon un rapport du SCRS. Les recrues sont hautement appréciées par les groupes terroristes en raison de leur connaissance de l'Occident.
TEXT | Published: 2005-05-15 | Added: 2005-06-19

Syrians offered to allow CSIS to attend Maher Arar interrogation
A top diplomat says Syria offered to let a Canadian security officer attend the interrogation of Maher Arar to see that everything was being done above board. In the end nobody from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service sat in on the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-06-15 | Added: 2005-06-19

How CSIS botched Arar file
CSIS was not in the Middle East to extract information from Arar or even sift through the results of the interrogation but to strike a secret deal to exchange information related to Sept. 11, the Iraq war and the Afghanistan Al Qaeda camps.
HTML | Published: 2005-06-09 | Added: 2005-06-10

CSIS wanted gov't to leave Arar in Syria: memo
A draft Foreign Affairs memo says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service "made it clear to the department that they would prefer to have him remain in Syria, rather than return to Canada."
HTML | Published: 2005-06-03 | Added: 2005-06-05

Graham denies knowing of Arar torture
The RCMP and CSIS balked at efforts by Foreign Affairs to draft a letter to the Syrian government saying Arar had been cleared of any suspicion of terrorist activity in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-31 | Added: 2005-06-03

CSIS visited Syria during Arar's detention
Canada's spy agency paid a mysterious visit to Syria in the fall of 2002 while Maher Arar was in detention there on suspicion of terrorist activity.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-25 | Added: 2005-05-26

CSIS visited Syria during Arar's imprisonment
A government official at the inquiry into the imprisonment of Maher Arar in Syria has revealed that Canadian intelligence agents paid a visit to that country while Arar was detained there.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-25 | Added: 2005-05-26

Analysis: W. Africa may be terror hotbed
A newly declassified Canadian intelligence report warns that West Africa is breeding a militant Islamist threat with "significant potential" for growth for groups such as Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-20 | Added: 2005-05-23

Presentation by Jim Judd, CSIS Director, to the Senate Committee on Anti-terrorism Act
I'm here to give you an overview of the terrorist threats facing Canada. This is, of course, in the context of your review of C-36, the anti-terrorism legislation adopted several years ago.
LINK | Published: 2005-03-07 | Added: 2005-05-21

Presentation by the CSIS Director to the Subcommittee on Public Safety and National Security
I am pleased to be here to provide a security threat assessment to assist the Committee in its consideration of C-36.
LINK | Published: 2005-02-22 | Added: 2005-05-21

Canadian converts to Islam being recruited by al Qaeda: Report
Canadian intelligence experts believe that converts to Islam in the country are becoming a major source of Al-Qaeda combatants and pose a risk to security.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-15 | Added: 2005-05-17

Al-Qaeda's Canadian recruits 'highly prized': report
The majority of al-Qaeda recruits in Canada are being trained at home, not abroad, making the terror network a direct threat to Canada, and the homegrown recruits are highly prized for their familiarity with Western societies, says a CSIS report.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-15 | Added: 2005-05-16

Canada fears new generation of terrorists
"The presence of young, committed jihadists in Canada is a matter of grave concern," states one Canadian intelligence report, titled "Sons of the Father: The next generation of Islamic extremists in Canada."
HTML | Published: 2005-05-12 | Added: 2005-05-16

Terrorists building base in Canada: report
A generation of young jehadis with Canadian nationality or residency who have been through terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and elsewhere pose a threat to Canada and its allies, two Canadian intelligence reports have warned.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-13 | Added: 2005-05-16

CSIS warns Africa ripe for al-Quaida
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns much of Africa could be fertile soil for Osama bin Laden's terrorist network to cultivate new recruits.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-08 | Added: 2005-05-12

Overview of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Speaking Points for Jim Judd, CSIS Director, at the Inaugural Meeting of the Cross-cultural Roundtable on Security.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-08 | Added: 2005-05-12

Droege's death won't slow down extremists, ex-CSIS mole says
The shooting death of Wolfgang Droege will do little to slow the growth of a new generation of potentially violent white supremacists in Canada, warns a former CSIS mole who helped discredit the neo-Nazi leader.
HTML | Published: 2005-04-25 | Added: 2005-04-26

Academic contradicts McLellan's claim
Stuart Farson said that Parliament can invoke a privilege dating back hundreds of years in British common law to demand access to persons, papers, and records in a public inquiry.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-24 | Added: 2005-04-24

CSIS credibility in question
This week CSIS earned many critics when a judge determined that the spy agency destroyed critical evidence rather than turn it over to the RCMP which was also investigating the Air India bombing.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-21 | Added: 2005-04-24

Why does CSIS destroy its wiretap tapes?
Two decades after the Canadian Security Intelligence Service erased wiretap recordings that might have been key evidence in the Air-India case, CSIS's standard procedure is still to destroy what it calls "intercepted" conversations.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-22 | Added: 2005-04-24

CSIS admits sharing info
Canada's spy agency admits it shared information it obtained from a Canadian teen being held as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay with American intelligence services.
HTML | Published: 2005-04-09 | Added: 2005-04-10

CSIS ill-prepared in Air-India crisis
Ill-equipped, ill-prepared and looking for the wrong target. In 1985, Canada's fledgling security agency — the Canadian Security Intelligence Service — was preoccupied with sniffing out Soviet spies and rooting out subversion.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-18 | Added: 2005-03-28

Le SCRS intimiderait les personnes fournissant les cautions de détenus
Le Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité intimiderait délibérément les gens qui offrent de verser les cautions de personnes soupçonnées de constituer une menace à la sécurité nationale.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-15 | Added: 2005-03-28

After 20 years, Air-India families despair of justice
The Air-India bombing also showed how difficult it can be for Canadian police and intelligence agents to penetrate close-knit communities.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-21 | Added: 2005-03-21

CSIS agents intimidating bail-sureties for security detainees, lawyer says
Canada's intelligence service is deliberately intimidating people who offer to put up bail for those the government deems a risk to national security, a Federal Court heard.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-15 | Added: 2005-03-21

Building terror-watch system slow work, CSIS chief says
The federal government is having difficulty determining the criteria for who should be considered a security risk and pulled out of line before boarding a plane, the new director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-08 | Added: 2005-03-09

Canadian intelligence still considering LTTE ban in Canada
The Canadian intelligence agency yesterday said it is considering whether to recommend that the LTTE be banned as a terrorist group in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-08 | Added: 2005-03-09

CSIS chief links immigrant to Al Qaeda
A Canadian landed immigrant is a key commander affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the ranks of trained terrorist fighters in Iraq are bolstered by individuals from around the world, including from Europe and Canada.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-08 | Added: 2005-03-09

CSIS eyes mosques suspected in terror
Canada's spy agency is monitoring certain mosques in the country that it suspects are raising funds for terrorist activities and recruiting terrorist sympathizers, a senior CSIS official says.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-08 | Added: 2005-03-09

Mountie secrets hinder rights monitor
Canada needs a brand-new watchdog powerful enough to make the Mounties and spy agencies answerable to the public. In the wake of the Maher Arar affair, action must be taken to compel co-operation from investigators in national security cases.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-02 | Added: 2005-03-03

CSIS keeps Concordia grad from Harvard
Kaabour, a Concordia University graduate and Lebanese-born Muslim, might not be able to attend the screening of his film. He hasn't received security clearance from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in his application for permanent  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-02-27 | Added: 2005-03-01

Terrorist suspect set up by CSIS?
A suspected terrorist suggested yesterday he's being set up by Canadian intelligence agents working behind the scenes with Moroccan authorities.
HTML | Published: 2005-02-23 | Added: 2005-02-26

CSIS says Khadr Guantanamo grilling necessary
Canada's spy agency argues it needs to be able to interrogate a Canadian teenager held as an enemy combatant by American authorities at Guantanamo Bay as part of its fight against terrorism, documents show.
HTML | Published: 2005-02-21 | Added: 2005-02-25

Wary spy watchdog to closely eye secret CSIS missions overseas
CSIS Inspector General Eva Plunkett has quietly advised Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan she'll be keeping a close eye on clandestine CSIS activities abroad to ensure the intelligence service doesn't cross legal lines.
HTML | Published: 2005-02-21 | Added: 2005-02-25

CSIS watchdog hampered by delays
The federal watchdog over the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns her effectiveness could be hindered by the spy agency's delays in handing over crucial information.
HTML | Published: 2005-02-20 | Added: 2005-02-24

McLellan defends reach, scope of anti-terror law
Canada's anti-terror law needs only "fine-tuning" because it strikes "the right balance" between protecting national security and civil liberties, says Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan.
HTML | Published: 2005-02-15 | Added: 2005-02-16

Very private aspects of the Arar public inquiry
Last month when O'Connor attempted to release his first summary, of evidence given privately by CSIS witnesses, government lawyers demanded the document be censored first.
HTML | Published: 2005-01-29 | Added: 2005-01-31

In Canada spies are us
Sidewinder was a controversial report put together by a small but hard-working team of RCMP and CSIS officials that sounded the first alarm bells that China is one of the greatest ongoing threats to Canada's national security and Canadian industry.
HTML | Published: 2005-01-26 | Added: 2005-01-29

Overarching intelligence committee urged in report
The federal government should establish a permanent, U.S.-style investigative committee to oversee all Canadian intelligence gathering, and that of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in particular, a soon-to-be-released parliamentary report  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-01-13 | Added: 2005-01-19

Secret data-sharing network to be developed to deal with crises
The network would build on existing systems to allow agencies to trade briefs about terrorist and criminal threats, and would prove particularly useful for the "quick and secure transfer of data" during an actual catastrophe.
HTML | Published: 2005-01-13 | Added: 2005-01-19

Lawyers contend CSIS killed evidence
Lawyers for alleged terrorist Adil Charkaoui moved yesterday to have the case against him dropped, saying Canada's spy agency tainted the evidence by destroying notes from two interviews with him.
HTML | Published: 2005-01-12 | Added: 2005-01-17

Chinese spies infiltrate high-tech sector
In its annual report to Parliament, CSIS warns that foreign spies are seeking to acquire "Canada's scientific and technological developments, critical economic and information infrastructure, military and other classified information.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-29 | Added: 2004-12-29

Ottawa lashed over Arar secrets
The federal government was slammed Monday for blocking the release of new details on the role of Canada's spy service in the deportation of Maher Arar, including information that could help to clear the name of the Ottawa-based engineer.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-21 | Added: 2004-12-23

Le gouvernement fédéral envisage d'augmenter le nombre d'espions
Le gouvernement fédéral envisage d'augmenter le nombre d'espions qui oeuvrent à l'extérieur du pays.
TEXT | Published: 2004-12-20 | Added: 2004-12-21

Role of CSIS could expand, McLellan says
The federal government is considering changes to its spy agency's role in the world with an eye toward giving it wider powers in collecting overseas intelligence.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-20 | Added: 2004-12-21

Canada needs more spies abroad, McLellan says
McLellan told Sun Media that she and Prime Minister Paul Martin believe Canada should be collecting more intelligence overseas to defend itself from potential terrorist threats.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-19 | Added: 2004-12-20

Canada short on spies
While not convinced of the need for a separate spy agency to operate overseas, McLellan said she and Prime Minister Paul Martin agree there's a pressing need for Canada to collect more foreign intelligence.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-19 | Added: 2004-12-20

A question of balance
The government has refashioned the mandate of the RCMP and returned it to a central place on the national security stage, despite its long, inglorious record in intelligence gathering, without new oversight measures.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-11 | Added: 2004-12-15

Crime Infiltration Could Lead to Major Losses for Canada
In a secret report released in July, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warned that eastern European crime groups might try to smuggle conflict diamonds into the country and offer them as Canadian mined stones.
TEXT | Published: 2004-12-13 | Added: 2004-12-15

CSIS selects facts to match its theories, Harkat hearing told
The federal court case against Mohamed Harkat heard from a surprise witness Monday who accused the Canadian spy agency of routinely ignoring intelligence information, only accepting information that supports a preconceived argument.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-07 | Added: 2004-12-12

Spy agency investigates Libyan interest in WMDs
The latest report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan says the activities of "certain foreign governments, such as Iran, Libya and Syria," came under scrutiny of the agency's counter-proliferation  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-12-05 | Added: 2004-12-12

Canada May Seal Details of Arar Torture
The circumstances surrounding the treatment of Maher Arar is the subject of a federal commission of inquiry that since the summer has been held in closed-door hearings, where Canadian security and intelligence officials have been secretly  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-12-02 | Added: 2004-12-09

Why CSIS agents couldn't chase their tails
Canada's spy agency could not pick out radical Sikh priest Talwinder Singh Parmar from a group of similarly dressed Sikhs months after the agency fingered the activist as a man worth watching.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-29 | Added: 2004-12-07

Canada called a terror target
A new Canadian intelligence report says terrorists might attack Canada in retaliation for the arrests of suspected Al-Qa'ida associates who are being deported for reasons of national security.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-22 | Added: 2004-11-23

Le Canada dans la mire d'Al-Qaïda
Selon le Centre intégré d'évaluation de la sécurité nationale (CIESN), les efforts du Canada pour expulser de présumés membres d'Al-Qaïda pourraient entraîner une réponse violente du groupe terroriste.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-22 | Added: 2004-11-23

Senior bureaucrat named head of CSIS
Prime Minister Paul Martin named a new director of the country's spy agency yesterday as concerns over possible terrorist strikes continue to haunt the Canadian and U.S. governments.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-17 | Added: 2004-11-20

CSIS spy-warrant requests meet with little opposition, documents reveal
Records show that Federal Court judges almost never disagree with CSIS agents who ask for permission to take extraordinary steps so they can discover more about suspected terrorists or foreign spies.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-15 | Added: 2004-11-16

Ben Laden possède-t-il des armes nucléaires?
Un rapport préparé par le Centre intégré d'évaluation de la sécurité nationale, une agence fédérale installée dans les locaux du SRCS, porte le titre: «Al-Qaeda possédant les mallettes nucléaires russes: fiction ou réalité?».
HTML | Published: 2004-11-03 | Added: 2004-11-04

Bin Laden wants nukes: Canadian intelligence
Canadian spies have been pondering one of the more chilling questions of the post-9/11 era: Does Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida have briefcase-sized nuclear weapons?
HTML | Published: 2004-11-03 | Added: 2004-11-04

Judge assailed at Zundel hearing
CSIS alleges that Mr. Zundel has advised and encouraged about 25 figures on the far right who espouse violence -- including a U.S. writer whose book was found among the possessions of Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-03 | Added: 2004-11-04

Canadian Spy Agency Warns of Al-Qaeda Terror Threat, Post Says
Canada's spy agency is warning that al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups may stage attacks in the country as the federal government prepares to review expanded anti-terrorism laws.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-29 | Added: 2004-11-01

There's no safety in these numbers
This week it was announced that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) - which is responsible for customs and border security - would also be subject to the 5% cuts.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-30 | Added: 2004-11-01

Harkat denies al-Qaeda links
CSIS watched Harkat for 5 years before his arrest. CSIS says he supports al-Qaeda, Afghan, Pakistani and Chechen extremists. CSIS says that Abu Zubaydah, one of bin Laden's lieutenants, identified Harkat as the operator of a guest house in Pakistan.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-27 | Added: 2004-10-29

Alleged Canadian al-Qaeda 'sleeper' agent set to testify
CSIS says Abu Zubaydah, a senior al-Qaeda member, helped train Harkat in Afghanistan. CSIS thinks Harkat was sent to Canada as a "sleeper" agent, meaning an operative prepared to carry out attacks who does not become active until a later date.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-25 | Added: 2004-10-28

Top job at CSIS about to be filled
Now secretary of the quietly powerful federal Treasury Board, Jim Judd is everyone's first choice for a post that bears the weight of national security and Ottawa's pivotal relationship with Washington.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-23 | Added: 2004-10-24

Un réseau Al-Canada?
Les agents du SCRS connaissaient bien Ressam. «Nous l'avions à l'oeil, mais c'était évident qu'il n'était pas un personnage important», disait un ancien officier du Service du renseignement.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-10 | Added: 2004-10-24

Watchdog wants transcripts of refugee interviews
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service should make transcripts of the interviews it conducts with refugee claimants to prevent future conflicts, says SIRC, the watchdog over the spy agency.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-21 | Added: 2004-10-24

Canadian's death in Chechnya still not confirmed
Investigators for the Canadian Security Intelligence Services have visited the Abubaker and Elbahja families, as well as Tagiev's former employer, Visa Connection.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-20 | Added: 2004-10-22

Six facing charges after CSIS protest
Six people face charges after staging a sit-in at the lobby of the Toronto offices of CSIS. The group, sponsored by the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, was protesting the detention of five Muslim men.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-21 | Added: 2004-10-22

U.S. ambassador seeks closer security relationship with Canada
Working together with the RCMP and CSIS and other law-enforcement and intelligence agencies here in Canada is quite critical to the protection of the people in the United States, the ambassador said, and also to the protection of the people of  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-10-21 | Added: 2004-10-22

Canada pressed over Qaeda suspect
After four days of interrogation by agents of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Jabarah was transferred to the United States in April 2002 and is still in custody.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-15 | Added: 2004-10-19

Canadians' ties with Chechen insurgents probed
CSIS and other intelligence services are to trying to piece together whether Canadians are joining insurgents fighting against Russia, after several Canadian men have turned up dead, captured or missing in Chechnya or Azerbaijan.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-16 | Added: 2004-10-19

CSIS probes case of B.C. man killed in Chechnya
Canada's spy agency is investigating the mysterious death of a Vancouver man in the mountains of Chechnya and seeking information about the fate of two of his friends.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-17 | Added: 2004-10-19

Experts push for security review
The federal government and the public should be engaged in the very debates conducted at the conference concerning methods of intelligence gathering and Canada's role in international operations.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-17 | Added: 2004-10-19

Why Did American Airlines 587 Crash?
But now comes a wisp of evidence to suggest that AA 587's demise was in fact not an accident but an operation carried out by Al-Qaeda: it is recounted in a top secret CSIS report written in May 2002.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-30 | Added: 2004-09-24

Canadians in Asia face terror risk
The report, Islamic Extremism in Southeast Asia, was completed in April by Canada's national security assessment centre, a federal body based in Ottawa that includes representatives of various intelligence agencies, including CSIS.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-26 | Added: 2004-09-22

Judge lauds 'novel' evidence in Air India trial
The documents included Canadian Security Intelligence Service surveillance reports of suspected bombing mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar in the months before two bombs killed 331 people on June 23, 1985.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-24 | Added: 2004-09-22

CSIS intercepted Zundel's mail, ex-agent says
Canadian Security Intelligence Service officials intercepted Ernst Zundel's mail and used commercial flights to send packages they were worried could have contained bombs to Ottawa for analysis, a former CSIS agent testified yesterday.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-17 | Added: 2004-09-20

Les confessions forcées de Maher Arar ont été transmises par l'ambassadeur
Le Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité (SCRS) a pu obtenir la transcription des confessions qu'a faites l'ingénieur d'Ottawa Maher Arar pendant sa détention en Syrie grâce à l'ambassadeur du Canada à Damas.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-13 | Added: 2004-09-20

Arar inquiry set to hear secret evidence; family has concerns about witnesses
The Maher Arar inquiry is set to go behind closed doors to examine the role Canada's spy service may have played in the Ottawa man's deportation and imprisonment.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-08 | Added: 2004-09-17

Canadian ambassador passed Syrian intelligence report on Arar to CSIS
During a verbal briefing by Syrian military intelligence officials, Pillarella requested "a written report" on the Arar investigation, a copy of which was translated to English from Arabic and subsequently forwarded to CSIS.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-17 | Added: 2004-09-17

Report clears CSIS in Arar deportation
But in a heavily censored report, the watchdog also criticizes CSIS for not being careful enough about how it passes intelligence on to the Mounties, especially ones chatting with U.S. law-enforcement agencies.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-14 | Added: 2004-09-17

The Arar Commission releases a new version of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) report on the Arar case
At the public hearing held in Ottawa on June 23, 2004, Lead Commission Counsel Paul Cavalluzzo showed the report which had all 89 pages blacked-out. The version released today is still 70% redacted.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-13 | Added: 2004-09-17

Zundel subpoenas former CSIS operative
They intend to question him about allegations that CSIS was aware that Mr. Zundel was the target of a bomb plot in the 1980s, but that the agency purposely failed to warn him.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-15 | Added: 2004-09-17

Nineteen years after the tragedy, historic Air India trial enters final stage
Bagri's team also won a key ruling that the controversial erasure by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service of hundreds of intercepted phone calls by alleged conspirators violated his Charter rights.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-07 | Added: 2004-09-16

Mahjoub faces hearing on deportation Tuesday
Mahjoub has been detained since June 2000, when he was accused of being involved with the Vanguards of Conquest. He is one of five Canadians taken into custody by CSIS under a security certificate and tried on secret evidence.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-06 | Added: 2004-09-15

Suspicion of CSIS and RCMP evidence
In an opening submission to the Maher Arar inquiry, the Law Union of Ontario has asked that all material offered by CSIS and the RCMP be viewed with “...a healthy dose of suspicion”.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-15 | Added: 2004-09-15

Canada draws up no-fly list
Canada is compiling a no-fly list to keep potential terrorists off domestic flights. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service will compile the list, which Transport Canada has assured the airline industry will be small.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-03 | Added: 2004-09-04

Montreal man downed U.S. Plane, CSIS told
Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents were told during five days of interviews with the source that Abderraouf Jdey, a Canadian citizen also known as Farouk the Tunisian, had downed the plane with explosives on Nov. 12, 2001.
TEXT | Published: 2004-08-27 | Added: 2004-08-27

'A lot' of Canadians in al-Qaeda track between words
Mr. Jaballah is an Egyptian being detained by Canadian authorities following his arrest in Toronto. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) alleges he is a member of the Al Jihad terrorist group.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-17 | Added: 2004-08-19

CSIS mole defends work with white supremacists
Mr. Bristow's comments mark the first time he has publicly discussed his controversial role as an undercover operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service since being exposed in the press 10 years ago.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-11 | Added: 2004-08-16

Hackers a growing threat to security, CSIS warns
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada'a central security agency, has issued a warning against global terrorism, citing hackers and crackers who penetrate secure computer systems as a growing threat.
HTML | Published: 1999-08-27 | Added: 2004-08-14

CSIS mole breaks silence
Grant Bristow, who infiltrated the white supremacist movement as a paid informant for Canada's spy service, has broken his long silence, saying he took on the unsavoury task because it was
HTML | Published: 2004-08-11 | Added: 2004-08-13

YTV launches high-tech reality show for youngsters
Spy Academy: it's not a school, it's a TV show, set to premiere on YTV next month. Each Saturday, black-clad youngsters race against the clock to complete a mission that's not quite impossible and win a cool prize.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-12 | Added: 2004-08-12

Ex-CSIS chief named deputy defence minister
Ward Elcock, who led the country's spy agency for a decade, has been named the top bureaucrat in the Defence Department.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-05 | Added: 2004-08-09

Mounties, CSIS agents grilled over Arar leak
In the internal probes, questions were put to members of the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Foreign Affairs and the Solicitor General's Department (since renamed Public Safety) in response to Privy Council Office requests.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-01 | Added: 2004-08-03

Arar probe evidence to be screened
After O'Connor has privately heard the testimony from RCMP and CSIS and reviewed the government's claims for confidentiality in private hearings slated to begin Sept. 13, he will rule on what can be released.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-30 | Added: 2004-07-31

Opening statement of the Attorney General of Canada to the Commission of Inquiry Into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
The statement addresses the nature of Commissioner O'Connor's inquiry, offer some general observations on the actions of Canadian officials in relation to Maher Arar, and identify some of the unique challenges the Commissioner will face.
LINK | Published: 2004-07-23 | Added: 2004-07-26

'Assassin' beats CSIS in court
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said it had corroborated reports that Mr. Sogi was a trained explosives and weapons expert who was planning to assassinate Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, and his son Sikhbir Singh  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-07-24 | Added: 2004-07-24

Canada needs to heed findings of 9/11 report, victims' families say
Ms. Basnicki, a 24-year-old student at Ryerson University in Toronto, said she would like to see the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service work more closely together to prevent terrorist attacks on Canadian soil.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-23 | Added: 2004-07-24

Stanley Ho's house of cards
Ho by then was named or listed in several Canadian intelligence databanks including the National Security Register of CSIS and a RCMP document called the Asian Organized Crime Roster has him listed as Triad leader.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-22 | Added: 2004-07-24

Canada must use its spies
Now that CSIS is faced with serious terrorism, "The service is increasingly engaged in covert foreign operations." This involves recruiting of foreign sources, sending Canadian-cultivated agents abroad and meeting sources in third countries.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-20 | Added: 2004-07-22

Canadian Industry Faces Threat From Organised Crime
According to a CSIS report, eastern European crime groups could jeopardize the North's emerging diamond industry by slipping foreign stones tainted through bloody conflicts onto the market.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-19 | Added: 2004-07-22

Guerrillas claim links to Canada
"The MEK has also evolved into a form of cult, strongly devoted to its chief, [Massoud] Rajavi," says a CSIS report, adding, "The MEK's 29-year record of behaviour does not substantiate its capability or intention to be democratic."
HTML | Published: 2004-07-19 | Added: 2004-07-22

Syria rejects request to assist Arar inquiry
McIsaac admitted yesterday the government had made a mistake in blacking out every page of a Security Intelligence Review Committee report on the actions of CSIS officials in the Arar case. A new public report is being prepared.
TEXT | Published: 2004-07-06 | Added: 2004-07-22

Non-Canadian Rough Might Slip Into Country Agency Warns
A Canadian Intelligence agency has warned in a secret report that eastern European crime groups might try to smuggle rough diamonds into the country and offer them as Canadian mined stones.
TEXT | Published: 2004-07-11 | Added: 2004-07-14

National security is on trial in the Arar inquiry
On trial is Canadian national security in a post-Sept. 11 world. We haven't had such a scene for a quarter of a century, not since the McDonald Commission raised the lid on the RCMP Security Service's secret practices.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-05 | Added: 2004-07-12

Canada's role in Arar's ordeal
As Ward Elcock, who recently completed 10 years at the helm of CSIS, the civilian spy agency, explained, he was obliged to check out any tips about threats to Canada, whether received directly from countries that use torture or from intermediaries.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-26 | Added: 2004-06-27

Canadian Terror: A Tragedy Of Ignorance
Canadian intelligence services are using the logic of power, whereas, in democratic Canada, people would prefer an argument based on the power of logic and facts.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-26 | Added: 2004-06-27

Arar inquiry told Canada may deal with nations that use torture
The former director of Canada's intelligence agency admitted Monday that Canada might have information-sharing relationships with other agencies in countries that engage in torture.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-22 | Added: 2004-06-25

Canadian spies deal with countries suspected of torture: former CSIS chief
The former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the agency deals with foreign spy services suspected of using torture.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-21 | Added: 2004-06-25

Harper could be called before Arar inquiry
Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper could be called as a witness at the inquiry into the deportation of Maher Arar to Syria. Harper revealed Tuesday evening that he had received a secret briefing on Arar's case.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-23 | Added: 2004-06-25

Security watchdog censors Arar report
A report with all 89 pages blacked out is what the federal government has released to the public concerning the involvement of Canadian intelligence officials in the deportation and detention of a Canadian citizen.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-24 | Added: 2004-06-25

L'ex-chef savait que les États-Unis extradaient des suspects
L'ancien directeur du Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité a admis qu'il était au courant de la pratique controversée des Américains consistant à envoyer des suspects d'actes terroristes à l'étranger, pour interrogatoire.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-22 | Added: 2004-06-22

Arar for dummies
The Maher Arar controversy has raised many troubling questions, and a federal public inquiry led by Ontario's associate chief justice will begin to root out answers.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-19 | Added: 2004-06-21

Arar inquiry hears from former CSIS boss
The former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said in testimony on the inquiry's first day that the spy agency is subject to stringent reviews, perhaps the toughest of any such organization in the world.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-21 | Added: 2004-06-21

Former CSIS boss to lead oil-for-food probe
Reid Morden, the former head of Canada's spy agency will lead an investigation into the billions of dollars allegedly skimmed from the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-16 | Added: 2004-06-21

Russia warns Canada is a target of terrorists
Russian government officials have warned Canada's top spy about possible terrorist threats to Canadian troops now serving in Afghanistan. Trubnikov, who is also Moscow's former chief of intelligence, offered Elcock his country's latest intelligence.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-18 | Added: 2004-06-14

Al Qaeda WMD attack 'feasible,' Cdn report warns
Al Qaeda may have acquired weapons of mass destruction and the possibility of terrorists using them to strike within Canada "cannot be ruled out," according to a Canadian intelligence report.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-08 | Added: 2004-06-12

Al-Qaeda WMD attack in Canada possible: report
The Al-Qaeda network may have acquired weapons of mass destruction and the possibility of terrorists using them to strike within Canada cannot be ruled out, according to a Canadian intelligence report.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-08 | Added: 2004-06-12

CSIS went to Syria for confession: Arar rep
Agents from Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada's spy agency, secretly visited Syria in late 2002 and obtained copies of Maher Arar's confessions under torture, according to Arar's lawyers.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-12 | Added: 2004-06-12

Le Canada, refuge pour les terroristes
Le directeur du SCRS, Ward Elcock, estime que le Canada représente un refuge sûr pour les terroristes qui veulent mener des opérations à l'étranger.
HTML | Published: 1998-10-14 | Added: 2004-06-12

Tories to create new security bodies: document
An internal party document obtained by the French-language service of CBC suggests the Conservatives want to set up a U.S.-style national intelligence agency to manage information from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-12 | Added: 2004-06-12

UN slams Canada over assassin
Ahani came to Canada in 1991 and made a refugee claim, but he was arrested in 1993 after an investigation by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) found he was working for Iran's intelligence service, MOIS.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-09 | Added: 2004-06-12

Arar lambastes federal moves to limit disclosure of documents at inquiry
Government lawyers argued late last month that disclosure of investigative methods used by the RCMP and CSIS could make them pariahs of the global intelligence community or even provide terrorists with valuable information.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-04 | Added: 2004-06-05

Canadian spies mounting more overseas operations to counter terror threat
Canada's spy agency is embarking on a growing number of undercover foreign missions in response to the rise in terrorism. Providing a rare glimpse into its strategic planning, a report by CSIS reveals an increasing reliance on secret operations  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-06-01 | Added: 2004-06-05

Terrorist attack intended to disrupt Canadian election unlikely: experts
Canada may well be a terrorist target, but experts say it's unlikely that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida would time a strike in an effort to influence the federal election.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-28 | Added: 2004-06-01

Appointment of Acting Director, Canadian Security Intelligence Service
McLellan announced the appointment of Dale Neufeld as Acting Director of CSIS, effective May 31, 2004. Mr. Neufeld has been Deputy Director Operations of CSIS since April 2001.
LINK | Published: 2004-05-22 | Added: 2004-05-31

Operations Abroad
CSIS will continue to consider the use of covert intelligence operations outside of Canada if it will assist in investigating and better informing the government about the threats that we face to our national security.
LINK | Published: 2004-05-27 | Added: 2004-05-31

Canada gets new head spy
Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan said that Dale Neufeld has been appointed acting director of CSIS. He will take over his new duties at the end of May. He'd been deputy director of operations of CSIS since April 2001.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-22 | Added: 2004-05-25

Neufeld to head national security service
Dale Neufeld, a 20-year veteran of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has been appointed acting director of the agency. Neufeld, who had been deputy director of operations for CSIS since April 2001, succeeds Ward Elcock, CSIS director since  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-05-22 | Added: 2004-05-25

Atkey to help Arar inquiry fight secrecy
A former spy-agency watchdog has been given the job of fighting Ottawa's attempts to shield its secrets from public view once the Arar commission begins its fact-finding mission next month.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-20 | Added: 2004-05-21

La Russie avertit le SCRS de possibles attaques en Afghanistan
La Russie a averti le Service Canadien de Renseignement de Sécurité sur de possibles attaques terroristes qui pourraient être menées contre les troupes canadiennes en Afghanistan.
TEXT | Published: 2004-05-18 | Added: 2004-05-21

La menace terroriste reste bien réelle, selon le chef du SCRS
Ward Elcock a averti la population que la menace terroriste était toujours bien présente. Même si la guerre au terrorisme a connu «quelques succès», «les leçons des dernières années nous montrent qu'ils ne disparaîtront pas du jour au lendemain».
HTML | Published: 2003-10-18 | Added: 2004-05-11

Bombings in Athens heighten concerns
Mark Lowry, the Canadian Olympic Committee's executive director of sport, said security measures are being drawn up by the RCMP, CSIS and Department of National Defence to guard the Canadian team, expected to number 275 athletes and 200 support  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-05-05 | Added: 2004-05-10

Canadian security head says attack by al-Qaeda inevitable
Ward Elcock, head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, also said CSIS had already prevented terror attacks in Canada and revealed his operatives were mounting an increasing number of spying missions abroad.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-08 | Added: 2004-05-10

CSIS chief warns of Al Qaeda attack
It's just a matter of time before Al Qaeda tries to attack Canadian targets, the head of Canada's spy agency said Thursday as he warned against complacency. He also explained that many more Canadian agents are involved in covert operations overseas.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-06 | Added: 2004-05-10

Top Canadian spy: Attack probable
Canada's top spy, Ward Elcock, said a terrorist attack on Canada is almost inevitable given that the country appears on Osama bin Laden's blacklist.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-07 | Added: 2004-05-10

Quash that subpoena!
In the book, Mitrovica concludes: 'CSIS is riddled by waste, incompetence, nepotism and law breaking.' He seems to be quoting CSIS employees. Making public that kind of information is against the law. He cares more about selling books.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-05 | Added: 2004-05-09

Writer fights Zundel subpoena
Justice Blais said that author Andrew Mitrovica should be prepared to account for splashy allegations of wrongdoing in his recent book on CSIS. "He seems to not care about national security," Judge Blais said. "He seems to care more about selling  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-05-06 | Added: 2004-05-09

$690M security plan unveiled
The federal government will do more spying, tighten port security, introduce digital chips in passports to thwart forgeries, and crack down on bogus refugees as part of a new comprehensive national security policy.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-28 | Added: 2004-05-02

Canada eyes spies abroad
Canada is leaving the door open to creating its own foreign intelligence agency -- a bigger version of the national intelligence security service known as CSIS.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-28 | Added: 2004-05-02

Canada weak link in global terror communications
Right now, CSIS, the RCMP and local police rely on a patchwork of laws - including the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Competition Act - for powers to intercept communications, and to search and seize  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-04-27 | Added: 2004-05-02

Canada's Armed Forces 'atrophied'
Clarke also said Canada might want to consider creating its own foreign intelligence service. "There are ways in which the United States could co-operate with Canada, if Canada had a more robust intelligence capability."
HTML | Published: 2004-04-27 | Added: 2004-05-02

Government trying to hold back documents from Arar inquiry
Lawyers for the federal government are objecting to Arar's involvement in hearings to decide whether some documents remain secret.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-30 | Added: 2004-05-02

Is Canada a haven for terrorists?
In Cold Terror, author Stewart Bell documents how Canada's top leaders long have denied or ignored the presence of hundreds of terrorist operatives in Canada, despite repeated warnings from CSIS, the nation's security and intelligence service.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-29 | Added: 2004-05-02

New choice for CSIS head security litmus test for Martin
Naming a new director of Canada's spy agency will be seen as a test by the United States and other western security agencies of Martin's commitment to combat terrorism.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-27 | Added: 2004-05-02

The Dirty Work of Canadian Intelligence
Former solicitor general Wayne Easter acknowledged the possibility that "rogue" elements of the RCMP may have played a role in Arar's rendition to Syria ­ essentially torture by proxy.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-28 | Added: 2004-05-02

New funding initiatives
The Government of Canada will invest $137 million to support intelligence enhancement as part of the National Security Policy.
LINK | Published: 2004-04-27 | Added: 2004-05-01

Securing An Open Society: Canada's National Security Policy
Further investments to enhance Canada's intelligence collection capacity, with a focus on Security Intelligence.
LINK | Published: 2004-04-27 | Added: 2004-05-01

Libération de deux canadiens des prisons syriennes
Abdullah Almalki et Ahmad Abou El-Maati avaient été arrêtés en 2001 et 2002, et l'enquête portait sur l'existence possible d'une cellule terroriste, à laquelle aurait aussi appartenu Maher Arar, ce résidant d'Ottawa libéré récemment d'une prison  [...]
TEXT | Published: 2004-03-21 | Added: 2004-04-27

Securing An Open Society: Canada's National Security Policy
Further investments will be made to enhance Canada's intelligence collection capacity, with a focus on Security Intelligence.
PDF | Published: 2004-04-27 | Added: 2004-04-27

Feds tighten reins on RCMP's security probes
In a bid to keep a tighter rein on the RCMP's national security probes, the federal government has quietly ordered the Mounties to obtain ministerial approval before co-operating with a foreign spy service.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-23 | Added: 2004-04-26

Maher Arar suing Canadian officials
The Canadian who was deported from the U.S. to Syria, where he says he was tortured as a suspected terrorist, is looking for compensation. Maher Arar and his family have filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government, CSIS, and the RCMP, claiming they  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-04-22 | Added: 2004-04-26

Martin to roll out ambitious national security policy
The policy will canvass six areas: improving intelligence gathering capacity, emergency planning, public health, transportation (marine) security, border security and international security.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-24 | Added: 2004-04-26

Muslims given handbook on dealing with CSIS
An Islamic group is distributing a pocket guide to Canadian Muslims advising them what to do if CSIS or the RCMP tries to interrogate them about terrorism.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-25 | Added: 2004-04-26

Cash transfers to terrorists
Should the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre have reasonable grounds to suspect financial transactions are linked to terrorism, the agency discloses the case information to the RCMP and, if there is a threat to national security, to  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-03-28 | Added: 2004-04-22

Huge gaps in security
Canada's spending watchdog slammed the Liberal government for falling short of protecting Canadians from terrorists by leaving "significant gaps" in basic anti-terrorism measures.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-31 | Added: 2004-04-22

Confronting the "Enemy Within": Security Intelligence, the Police and Counterterrorism in Four Democracies
Understanding the experience of domestic intelligence bureaus in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Australia can help inform the debate on a new domestic intelligence service in the United States.
PDF | Published: 2004-04-07 | Added: 2004-04-21

Criminal Code - Terrorism
Every Canadian shall disclose forthwith to the RCMP and to CSIS (a) the existence of property in their possession or control that they know is owned or controlled by or on behalf of a terrorist group; and (b) information about a transaction or proposed  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-12-31 | Added: 2004-04-21

CSIS Wants to Talk to Khadr's
24-hour after returning to Canada, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service wants to speak to two members of a family linked to al-Qaida.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-11 | Added: 2004-04-21

Supporters of alleged Moroccan terrorist accuse Ottawa of hiding a key report
The Canada Border Services Agency rejected claims the government tried to cover up the existence of the report which says that Adil Charkaoui faces "a probability of torture, threats to his life and cruel and unusual punishment" if he's deported.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-06 | Added: 2004-04-21

Canadian detained in Iraq
Another Canadian citizen has been detained abroad and federal security agents visited his friends, days after he left Toronto. Iraqi-born Aumar Alsorani is being held in Irbil, Iraq, and questioned, but not charged.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-25 | Added: 2004-04-14

Fraser report sounds security alarm
Canada has ignored the lessons from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by bungling efforts to keep terrorists out and allowing as many as 4,500 workers possibly linked to organized crime a free rein at airports, Auditor-General Sheila Fraser says.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-31 | Added: 2004-04-14

Key highlights in response to Chapter 3 of the Auditor General's Report "National Security in Canada - the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Initiative"
The Government is moving in the right direction, with efforts to more closely co-ordinate the collection of intelligence information and to encourage the exchange of information among analysts.
LINK | Published: 2004-03-30 | Added: 2004-04-14

Liberals face new crisis over security flaws
With her unerring ability to target administrative failures that infuriate taxpayers and grab headlines, Fraser will not only question the efficiency of Canada's intelligence-sharing apparatus, she will reveal today that this country's airports aren't  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-03-30 | Added: 2004-04-14

Liberals introduce new whistleblower legislation
Employees of cabinet ministers along with public servants working in areas of national security, including the RCMP, CSIS, Communications Security Establishment and National Defence, are not covered under the new legislation.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-22 | Added: 2004-04-14

The risk is growing, U.S. expert declares
After a Canadian-based al-Qaeda cell failed in its plot to blow up Los Angeles airport in 1999, both the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service and the RCMP were "bending over backwards to be helpful," Mr. Clarke said.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-31 | Added: 2004-04-14

Le Canada a-t-il besoin d'un service de renseignement de style CIA?
Un groupe de spécialistes de l'espionnage s'apprêterait à soulever la question de savoir si oui ou non le Canada devrait se doter d'un service de renseignement étranger du style de la CIA américaine.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-24 | Added: 2004-03-24

Panel ponders CIA-style spy service for Canada
A panel of senior spymasters is quietly mulling the vexing question of whether Canada should create a CIA-style foreign intelligence service.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-24 | Added: 2004-03-24

Terrorists could use B.C. coast, warns expert
The Canadian Forces counter-terrorism unit, Joint Task Force Two, is using port cities like Victoria to prepare for the possibility of a sea-based attack.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-18 | Added: 2004-03-22

Muslim group concerned over Arar case
A group representing Canadian Muslims expressed "grave concern" Tuesday about word the Ottawa police teamed up with the RCMP and other security officials to investigate Maher Arar.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-09 | Added: 2004-03-11

Spy hunters will take secrets to grave
Thousands of Canadians involved in the hunt for terrorists and spies will be forbidden from ever discussing sensitive aspects of their work under a new federal secrecy law. The government expects between 5,000 and 6,000 current and former security and  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-03-08 | Added: 2004-03-11

Ernst Zundel, civil-rights champion?
After more than a year in solitary confinement, Canada's most famous Holocaust denier is still fighting deportation, and he may rewrite the law in the process. All because he wants to know what the secret case is against him.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-06 | Added: 2004-03-07

Foreign spy service would pose problems
National security misunderstandings are dangerous and few things are more misunderstood than Canadian spying abroad. So little is known about this country's covert foreign operations that Defence Minister David Pratt's enthusiasm for creating a foreign  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-03-06 | Added: 2004-03-07

Canada admits: We're terror haven
In a 22-page assessment of the security threats facing the nation, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said international terrorists are still using the country as a base for waging worldwide political and religious violence.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-02 | Added: 2004-03-02

Le Canada: terre d'asile pour les terroristes
Le Canada serait toujours un lieu de prédilection pour certaines des plus importantes organisations terroristes du monde. C'est ce que révèle un document du SCRS intitulé Menaces à la sécurité nationale canadienne.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-01 | Added: 2004-03-02

D'importants groupes terroristes encore actifs
Le Canada serait toujours un lieu de prédilection pour certaines des plus importantes organisations terroristes du monde, selon ce qui est révélé dans un document du Service canadien de renseignements et de sécurité, le SCRS.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-01 | Added: 2004-03-01

Centre of attention
The eight-year-old Salaheddin Islamic Centre is a place of worship for as many as 2,500 Toronto Muslims and a private elementary school for 215 students. It now has become a magnet for security services both here and abroad.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-28 | Added: 2004-02-28

New torture claim shows Arar's case isn't unique
Nureddin is a 36-year-old computer programmer living in Scarborough. A refugee from Saddam Hussein's Iraq, he has been a Canadian citizen since 1997. Somewhere along the line, Nureddin came to the attention of the Canadian Security Intelligence  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-02-26 | Added: 2004-02-26

Better spies needed overseas - senator
The question of whether Canada needs its own foreign spy service surfaced at a Toronto conference that brought together some of the country's top minds on intelligence matters.
JPG | Published: 1999-06-14 | Added: 2004-02-21

Blais won't rule out spying on Canadians
Canada's spy agency has no immediate plans to re-establish the counter-subversive branch it used to spy on thousands of innocent Canadians, Solicitor-General Pierre Blais says. But he refused to say if the federal government would accept a  [...]
JPG | Published: 1989-09-30 | Added: 2004-02-21

CSIS has no business in foreign intelligence
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service should stick to its primary mandate, security intelligence, and stay out of the business of foreign intelligence. CSIS well knows that no democracy has permitted the combination of both in one agency.
JPG | Published: 2001-10-29 | Added: 2004-02-21

Don't spy abroad, ex-Mountie says
The federal government would be creating "a monster" if it accepts a recommendation to allow Canadian spies to operate abroad, the former head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police security service says.
JPG | Published: 1989-09-30 | Added: 2004-02-21

Drug addicts steal secret CSIS plans
A top-secret CSIS document was stolen from an officer's car by a trio of drug addicts while the officer was at a Maple Leafs hockey game in Toronto. Federal officials familiar with the case say this may be the service's most serious internal security  [...]
JPG | Published: 1999-11-12 | Added: 2004-02-21

Fewer terror suspects monitored post-9/11
Canada's intelligence service is investigating fewer suspected terrorists than it was prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a "secret" government document.
JPG | Published: 2002-09-19 | Added: 2004-02-21

It's time we dirtied our hands, say spy agency proponents
Every decade or so, a plot is hatched for a Canadian foreign intelligence agency. It arouses lukewarm interest and earnest calls for debate - and is quietly killed by a conviction that espionage is an un-Canadian activity.
JPG | Published: 2001-11-03 | Added: 2004-02-21

Limited overseas use of CSIS agents urged
Canada does not need its own "offensive" spy agency operating abroad, but it could use an occasional Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent overseas, the committee that monitors the CSIS said.
JPG | Published: 1989-09-28 | Added: 2004-02-21

One thing after another for red-faced spymasters
Canada's espionage agencies enjoy operating deep in the shadows. No press, for spies, is usually good press. By that measure, the past few months have not been the best times for this nation's spymasters. A string of embarassing revelations have them,  [...]
JPG | Published: 1999-11-12 | Added: 2004-02-21

Security analysts issue wake-up call
Jolted out of naïve complacency by terrorist attacks on the U.S., Canada should hold a full and independent analysis of its intelligence and security apparatus, says Stuart Farson, an executive member of the Canadian Association for Security and  [...]
JPG | Published: 2001-10-04 | Added: 2004-02-21

Spy watchdog launches probe of aborted China operation
The watchdog over Canada's espionage agency has launched a formal review of its handling of the highly sensitive and controversial probe - code-named Sidewinder - into the links between Chinese intelligence and criminal gangs in Canada.
JPG | Published: 2002-11-12 | Added: 2004-02-21

The dangers of creating a foreign spy agency
It is misleading nonsense to suggest Canada should have a foreign spy service. I am certain it is specious to argue that just because all the other Group of Seven countries have espionage agencies, as does Australia, that we should have one, too.
JPG | Published: 1995-09-18 | Added: 2004-02-21

Weighing the merits of a foreign intelligence service
Unlike most of its allies, Canada does not operate spy networks abroad. But there is a body of opinion in the Canadian intelligence community which believes Canada is hypocritical and naive not to have a network of secret agents overseas.
JPG | Published: 1988-10-22 | Added: 2004-02-21

The Pillar Society
The Pillar Society was officially formed in 1994. Membership is limited to former employees of CSIS and former members of the RCMP Security Service (or its predecessor branches of the RCMP), who left their employment in good standing.
TEXT | Published: 2004-02-14 | Added: 2004-02-19

Canada was targeted by al-Qaida, says U.S. report
Jewish targets in Ottawa were part of a foiled terrorist attack by a South American-based group linked to al-Qaida aiming to simultaneously assault landmarks in Canada, Paraguay and Argentina to undermine the Middle East peace process.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-09 | Added: 2004-02-12

CSIS on guard
Usually, it makes headlines when someone (recently, Maher Arar) objects to its activities. Yet the implication of a recent report is that our domestic spy agency is quietly and methodically doing a job that needs to be done.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-10 | Added: 2004-02-12

CSIS acknowledges foreign operations
The head of CSIS has acknowledged that it carries out missions outside the country. Ward Elcock told the House of Commons immigration committee that the carrying out of covert missions abroad is part of the service's mandate.
HTML | Published: 2001-10-19 | Added: 2004-02-11

Le SCRS enquêtait sur Al-Qaïda avant même les actes terroristes du 11 septembre
Le Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité, le SCRS, confirme, pour la première fois, qu'il enquêtait activement sur les opérations du réseau terroriste Al-Qaïda avant les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 à New York et Washington.
HTML | Published: 2002-10-26 | Added: 2004-02-11

Le service canadien du renseignement en difficulté
Le SCRS ne parviendrait pas à faire les vérifications qui s'imposent quant aux nouveaux arrivants au pays. Selon CSARS, ce Service a du mal à rencontrer les exigences des contrôles de sécurité imposés depuis les attentats du 11 septembre.
HTML | Published: 2001-10-26 | Added: 2004-02-11

Ottawa envisage la création d'une agence de renseignement international
Le ministre canadien des Affaires étrangères, John Manley, estime que le Canada aura besoin d'un financement accru pour sa Défense nationale, ses Services du renseignement, et l'aide internationale.
HTML | Published: 2001-10-05 | Added: 2004-02-11

Canadian government plans to expand overseas spy service
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has said that his government wants to expand Canada's spy operations overseas.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-08 | Added: 2004-02-09

Canadian Intelligence: Americans Must Beware of Islamists
CSIS issued its ninth annual Public Report in June 2000. Of particular notice the report frankly discusses "Islamic religious extremism as the preeminent international terrorist threat" and discusses its potential danger to the United States.
HTML | Published: 2000-09-01 | Added: 2004-02-07

Immigration Intelligence - Case Screening
One of the core functions of CBSA's Immigration Intelligence network is helping to screen immigrants, refugees, and visitors in order to prevent inadmissible persons from entering or remaining in Canada.
LINK | Published: 2004-01-28 | Added: 2004-02-07

Intelligence agency spies on students
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service recently gained increased powers to recruit and direct spies on university campuses across Canada. The agency's goal is to monitor and prevent terrorist activity and foreign espionage.
HTML | Published: 1999-09-27 | Added: 2004-02-07

Intelligence Gathering and Information Warfare
Press review about CSIS Studies, Cyber Defences, and CFS Alert.
HTML | Published: 1998-07-01 | Added: 2004-02-07

Martin veut accroître le budget des opérations de renseignement à l'étranger
Le premier ministre Paul Martin souhaite accroître le budget consacré aux opérations de renseignement à l'étranger.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-07 | Added: 2004-02-07

PM wants to expand overseas spy service
In the clearest signal yet of a coming shake-up in the counter-terrorism business in this country, Prime Minister Paul Martin said this week he wants to expand Canada's spy operations overseas.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-07 | Added: 2004-02-07

RCMP still playing I spy
New powers vested in the RCMP, as well as the renewed emphasis on information-gathering by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and other government spy agencies, doesn't affect just villains. Anyone can get caught in the net.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-07 | Added: 2004-02-07

Analysts - Research, Analysis and Production Branch (RAP)
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is seeking specialists to fill research and analysis positions.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-29 | Added: 2004-02-06

Directory of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Government electronic directory of the staff at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
LINK | Published: 2001-01-01 | Added: 2004-02-06

I want to be able to clear my name
Maher Arar is now focused on the public inquiry that Justice Dennis O'Connor will conduct into his deportation and detention. "I think we should be consulted on the terms of reference," he said, sitting in the living room in his apartment in Ottawa.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-01 | Added: 2004-02-02

Justice must replace injustice for Maher Arar
The only way to get to the bottom of the role played by the RCMP, CSIS and other Canadian officials in Maher's tragedy is by conducting a full public inquiry.
LINK | Published: 2004-01-22 | Added: 2004-01-31

The real problem with our spies
CSIS and its sister agencies in the United States are still largely populated by intelligence officers who were reared in, and remain wedded to Cold War targets and techniques.
TEXT | Published: 2001-09-24 | Added: 2004-01-31

Book Review of Covert Entry: Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada's Secret Service
Covert Entry is about a man named John J. Farrell and his involvement in CSIS operations and activities. This book review asserts that Covert Entry is not about Canadian intelligence but rather about how amazing Farrell is and how disastrous CSIS is.  [...]
PDF | Published: 2003-03-09 | Added: 2004-01-25

The Missing Agency: The Case for a Canadian Foreign Intelligence Service
The focus of this dissertation lies on the controversial statement that Canada needs to create a foreign intelligence agency. It addresses the issue of why Ottawa chose not to establish a CFIS in the first place. It also answers how Canada collects  [...]
PDF | Published: 2002-11-15 | Added: 2004-01-25

The Missing Agency: The Case for a Canadian Foreign Intelligence Service, 2nd Edition
This is the second edition of a dissertation which focus lies on the controversial statement that Canada needs to create a foreign intelligence agency. It addresses the issue of why Ottawa chose not to establish a CFIS in the first place. It also  [...]
PDF | Published: 2003-02-09 | Added: 2004-01-25

The Role of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in Immigration Security Screening
The main objective of this study is to present and understand the role of the CSIS in the Canadian immigration process. This objective is reached through the analysis of the mandate given to the CSIS by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration  [...]
PDF | Published: 1999-12-17 | Added: 2004-01-25

Arar inquiry possible, Martin suggests
Prime Minister Paul Martin opened the door on Thursday to a public inquiry in to the Maher Arar affair even as the government denied a U.S. media report that Canadian intelligence sanctioned Arar's deportation to Syria.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-23 | Added: 2004-01-24

Canadian spies OK'd deportation
Canadian intelligence quietly approved of the United States decision to arrest and deport Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar to Syria.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-22 | Added: 2004-01-22

Ex-terrorist gets boot
An accused sleeper agent who claims he has retired from a Palestinian terrorist group has lost an eight-year court battle to remain in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-22 | Added: 2004-01-22

Zundel denied bail; facing deportation
A Federal Court of Canada judge will rule today that Ernst Zundel poses a threat to national security and is to remain in prison while the court considers the government's deportation case against him.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-22 | Added: 2004-01-22

Haggard Canadian held in Syria arrives home
A Canadian citizen arrested by Syrian authorities more than a month ago looked haggard and nervous today as he arrived home full of gratitude for the officials who secured his release. Syrian authorities released Muayyed Nureddin more than a month after  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-01-15 | Added: 2004-01-15

Bon Voyage, Chretien
Chretien's ignorance on matters relating to the security of not only Canadians, but also all North Americans, was mind-boggling for a head of state in the post-9/11 world.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-12 | Added: 2004-01-13

Information from Canada helped lead to alert, official says
Canada's solicitor general said information from his nation's intelligence agencies helped lead the United States to conclude that another terror attack could be imminent.
LINK | Published: 2001-10-31 | Added: 2004-01-13

Was it curtains for CSIS agent?
A CSIS agent bought drapes during his first interview with a woman who provided some of the most damning information against suspect Ajaib Singh Bagri, B.C. Supreme Court heard Wednesday.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-07 | Added: 2004-01-13

CASIS International Conference Student Reports
This year's conference marked many milestones, not the least of which was the participation of forty students from across Canada. They would be providing reports of conference proceedings, to be posted on the CASIS website.
LINK | Published: 2003-12-01 | Added: 2004-01-12

CSIS suggests Gadhafi a terror target: report
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is clearly trying to improve relations with the West. A Canadian intelligence report suggests that might be because the colonel has become a terror target.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-25 | Added: 2004-01-11

CSIS tried bribe: activist
Canada's spy agency tried bribing a Quebec left-wing political party member into providing information on fellow anti-globalization activists this week, the approached man claimed yesterday.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-09 | Added: 2004-01-11

Kurdish singer arrested in Montreal
RCMP officers are detaining a Kurdish singing star in Montreal on suspicions that he is linked to an organization with terrorist ties.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-24 | Added: 2004-01-11

Role of CSIS questioned in disappearance
Muayyed Nureddin has been missing for 25 days now and his supporters are demanding answers from the federal government while questioning the role of the Canadian spy agency in his disappearance.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-05 | Added: 2004-01-11

CSIS watchdog to probe Arar case
The Security Intelligence Review Committee on Monday announced an investigation of CSIS's involvement in the Maher Arar case.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-22 | Added: 2003-12-24

CSIS, RCMP shared info about Arar
The RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service exchanged a considerable amount of information about Maher Arar, but it is unclear whether CSIS directly sent material to U.S. authorities.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-22 | Added: 2003-12-24

SIRC to examine CSIS's role in Arar case
SIRC today announced that it is conducting an in-depth review into the case of Maher Arar. Its report, to be prepared pursuant to Section 54 of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, will investigate all aspects of CSIS's involvement in this  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-12-22 | Added: 2003-12-24

Watchdog to probe CSIS role in Arar case
An independent committee will investigate all aspects of how the Canadian Security Intelligence Service handled the case of Maher Arar.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-23 | Added: 2003-12-24

Wesley Wark
With remarkable stealth, Paul Martin and his team developed, and have now unveiled, a surprising and ambitious security agenda. It will take some time to feel its full impact, but Mr. Martin clearly intends to address the many deficiencies in Canada's  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-12-17 | Added: 2003-12-22

Government unveils public-safety department
The Paul Martin government has unveilled a sweeping new public-safety department -- and is creating a new agency -- that will add public-health functions and disaster response to policing and border security.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-12 | Added: 2003-12-12

Martin cabinet takes shape
Mr. Martin plans to set up at least two big new ministries to combine the tasks of several current departments, including a public security portfolio to oversee the RCMP, CSIS and border and port security.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-11 | Added: 2003-12-12

Dhaka rejects Canadian intelligence report
The government yesterday rejected a Canadian intelligence report that Bangladesh may be emerging as a 'haven for Islamic terrorists' in South Asia.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-11 | Added: 2003-12-11

Hamas may have chemical weapons
The Palestinian terrorist group that allegedly recruited a Canadian to carry out attacks in North America may be developing chemical weapons, says a newly released Canadian intelligence report.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-10 | Added: 2003-12-11

CSIS spies want improved briefings, training
Canadian spies have quietly told their bosses at CSIS they require more information about the "ethnic peculiarities and traits" of the suspected terrorists they're shadowing, an internal study reveals.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-09 | Added: 2003-12-10

CSIS Report on Zundel, 2003
CSIS believes Ernst Christof Freidrich Zündel is inadmissible on security grounds for engaging in terrorism; being a danger to the security of Canada; engaging in acts of violence that would or might endanger the lives or safety of persons in Canada;  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-05-01 | Added: 2003-12-08

Former terror suspect's lawyer near tears, quits cases over death threats
The Toronto lawyer representing former terror suspect Abdurahman Khadr was close to tears Thursday as he announced he would no longer handle such cases because he had received a death threat he's taking seriously.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-04 | Added: 2003-12-04

Shadow of CSIS will follow Khadr
Although Abdurahman Khadr hopes to slip quietly into a life of high school courses and part-time work, it'll likely be with an entourage of security agents in tow. "He's going to be watched, that's for sure, 100 per cent. The current law under the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-12-03 | Added: 2003-12-04

Spies, not Soothsayers: Canadian Intelligence After 9/11
Within Canada, intelligence is usually taken to mean security intelligence, which is designed to be preventive. Whether it is countering espionage, subversion, or terrorism, the structures, equipment and activities of intelligence organizations should  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-11-26 | Added: 2003-11-27

Arar to sue Syria, Jordan
Maher Arar has launched a suit against the governments of Syria and Jordan, and is seeking $25 million in punitive damages.
HTML | Published: 2003-11-25 | Added: 2003-11-26

Le SCRS n'aurait joué aucun rôle dans l'affaire Arar
L'organisme responsable de la surveillance des activités du Service canadien de renseignement de sécurité (SCRS) affirme avoir obtenu l'assurance que l'agence n'avait pas été impliquée dans la détention de Maher Arar par les autorités américaines et  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-11-23 | Added: 2003-11-24

CSIS had no role in Arar's detention, says spy watchdog
The watchdog that oversees the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has received personal assurances from the head of the spy agency that it had no role in the detention of Maher Arar by U.S. authorities or his deportation to Syria.
HTML | Published: 2003-11-23 | Added: 2003-11-23

Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act
The Service shall collect, by investigation or otherwise, to the extent that it is strictly necessary, and analyse and retain information and intelligence respecting activities that may on reasonable grounds be suspected of constituting threats to the  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-04-30 | Added: 2003-11-15

Foreign spies may have stolen Arar document
Solicitor General Wayne Easter raised the prospect yesterday that foreign intelligence agencies operating in Canada obtained a rental lease for the former Ottawa home of Maher Arar through illegal means, which led to his deportation to a Syrian prison  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-11-08 | Added: 2003-11-08

Meet the French terror connection
New investigations in Canada showed the existence of Jihad cells in Ontario and Quebec. But the Canadian police and the Canadian intelligence and security service have great difficulties in learning who is a ''wannabe'' and who is for real.
HTML | Published: 2003-11-02 | Added: 2003-11-03

Global spy role grows: CSIS head
Just where Canadian spies are at work around the world, Ward Elcock won't say. But the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) admits this much. Canadian intelligence officers are abroad.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-27 | Added: 2003-10-29

Analyst, Media Alert and Ops
The Threat Management Centre is seeking motivated, responsible and reliable individuals to serve as threat management analysts.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-24 | Added: 2003-10-28

El Al missile threat real
The missile threat that diverted an El Al flight from Toronto to Montreal Thursday was gaining weight Sunday as Canadian police traced the origins and destination of a German-made rocket launcher.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-26 | Added: 2003-10-28

Islamic Jihad coming to Canada, CSIS fears
Canada's intelligence service has warned police that members of one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the Middle East may try to infiltrate Canada to set up a support base, a newly released report reveals.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-22 | Added: 2003-10-22

Appearance by Ward Elcock, Director CSIS at the CASIS Conference
The CSIS Act has survived a number of major operational tests over the last two decades and has assured the human rights of Canadians in the process. CSIS is a vastly different organization over the one that existed in 1984, and at 20 years old, is an  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-10-20 | Added: 2003-10-20

Counter-terror measures still needed
Canada's intelligence chief stepped out of the shadows yesterday to warn that despite "some successes" in the war on terrorism, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups are proving themselves a persistent foe.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-18 | Added: 2003-10-20

CSIS admits to spying abroad
Canadian spies have been conducting "covert" operations in foreign countries to gather information about threats to national security, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service admitted for the first time on the weekend. "Events have increasingly  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-10-20 | Added: 2003-10-20

Integrated National Security Assessment Centre (INSAC)
One of the many lessons learned from the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States was the importance of information sharing. In response to this need, an Integrated National Security Assessment Centre (INSAC) was created.
LINK | Published: 2003-10-16 | Added: 2003-10-20

New intelligence team to counter terrorism threats
The federal government has created a new security centre to step up the country's protection against a terrorist attack, Solicitor-General Wayne Easter announced yesterday.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-17 | Added: 2003-10-20

Notes for a Speech by the Honourable Wayne Easter Solicitor General Of Canada at the CASIS Conference
We set about to reinforce our national security system to the tune of eight billion dollars. We created integrated national security enforcement teams in major Canadian cities, bringing together the RCMP, CSIS, Customs, Immigration and other law  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-10-16 | Added: 2003-10-17

Solicitor General Announces New Integrated National Security Assessment Center (INSAC)
Solicitor General Wayne Easter today announced that a new terrorism assessment centre has been established to enhance the capability of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to inform the Government of Canada regarding threats to national  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-10-16 | Added: 2003-10-17

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Official site of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
LINK | Published: 1901-01-01 | Added: 2003-09-09

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Information on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service by the Federation of American Scientists Intelligence Resource Program.
LINK | Published: 1901-01-01 | Added: 2003-09-09

CSIS Counter-Terrorism
Submission to the Special Committee of the Senate on Security and Intelligence by Ward Elcock, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Canadians deserve to know what we believe the terrorist threat to be today - both globally and to  [...]
PDF | Published: 1998-06-24 | Added: 2003-08-06

Canadian Security and Military Preparedness: Excerpts
The Committee learned that the operations of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service are basically limited to the collection of intelligence in Canada. Except for the investigation of immigration cases, it lacks the resources to routinely operate in  [...]
PDF | Published: 2002-02-01 | Added: 2003-08-05

Contemporary Threats, Future Tasks: Canadian Intelligence and the Challenges of Global Security
Canada’s intelligence community consists of a complex web of functionally differentiated agencies for the collection, assessment and protection of security-relevant knowledge on behalf of this country’s foreign policy, security and defence  [...]
PDF | Published: 2003-08-05 | Added: 2003-08-05

Security Intelligence: A Risk Management Enterprise
There is no realistic number of intelligence personnel or financial resources that would ensure that all possible scenarios involving threats to national security at any given time are covered. The task of addressing the spectrum of potential threats  [...]
PDF | Published: 2002-10-24 | Added: 2003-08-05

CIA foiled al-Qaeda plot to attack Ottawa
A network of al-Qaeda agents was rounded up before it could carry out a plot to attack the American Embassy in Ottawa, U.S. intelligence sources say. The Central Intelligence Agency was alerted to the al-Qaeda conspiracy by Syria's intelligence service,  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-07-25 | Added: 2003-07-25

Canadian satellite poses terrorist risk: CSIS report
Canadian officials scoffed last week when the U.S. military said a powerful new satellite that takes photographs from space could be used by terrorists, but a report published by none other than the federal government itself argues the identical point.  [...]
HTML | Published: 1999-02-22 | Added: 2003-07-24

CSIS and CFIA Acts
A side-by-side comparison of the 1984 Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the 2003 proposed Canadian Foreign Intelligence Agency Act (Bill C-409).
PDF | Published: 2003-07-14 | Added: 2003-07-14

Espionage 101: Do you have what it takes to be a spy?
What does it take to become part of the intriguing world of Canadian surveillance and intelligence? "An interest in international affairs, a fascination with what an intelligence organization does: the mystery behind it, the secrecy that surrounds it,"  [...]
LINK | Published: 2000-01-21 | Added: 2003-07-11

Secret Report Shows China Using Canada To Infiltrate US
Canada is the launch-pad for a multi-billion dollar assault by The People's Republic of China (PRC) against the United States. A top-secret report reveals that "a dangerous consortium of Chinese triads, agents of the Chinese Secret Intelligence Service  [...]
LINK | Published: 2002-02-09 | Added: 2003-07-11

The dirty side of Canadian intelligence
It has surfaced that the Canadian intelligence service CSIS, which closely follows Kurds that apply for political asylum in that country, also employs numerous illegal methods, including following persons with cars and secretly searching their  [...]
HTML | Published: 2000-05-15 | Added: 2003-07-11

Canada bars journalist 'spy'
A Chinese journalist covering the UN in New York City has been blocked from resettling in Canada because security officials claim he's a sleeper agent who'd spy on groups here.
HTML | Published: 2003-06-25 | Added: 2003-06-25

Threats and Responses: Ottawa's Tactics
Ward Elcock, director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service, explains reasoning behind Canada's less invasive approach to terror prevention; says rather than detain or arrest suspects at first blush, Canadian spies watch them, periodically interview  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-03-13 | Added: 2003-06-25

Islamic extremists top Canadian terror threat, Easter says
Islamic extremists are still the No. 1 security threat to Canada, Solicitor-General Wayne Easter says. In a statement to the Commons, Mr. Easter said that despite the work of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service "terrorist networks are still  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-06-05 | Added: 2003-06-05

Recent media coverage on CSIS' activities prior to the Air India bombing of 1985
Any suggestion that CSIS would not have done everything in its power to prevent such a tragedy from occurring is absurd.
LINK | Published: 2003-06-02 | Added: 2003-06-04

Moroccan al-Qaeda agent, CSIS says
A Moroccan native facing deportation is a "dormant agent" of al-Qaeda who could plan terrorist attacks at any time, says Canada's spy agency.
HTML | Published: 2003-05-27 | Added: 2003-05-27

Terrorism, Law & Democracy How is Canada Changing Following September 11?
This paper provides a brief over of the main issues raised by panellists and presenters during the conference entitled Terrorism, Law & Democracy: How is Canada Changing Following September 11? The conference was attended by representatives from the  [...]
PDF | Published: 2002-03-26 | Added: 2003-05-07

CSIS Organizational Structure
Chart of the administrative structure of CSIS.
JPG | Published: 2003-04-29 | Added: 2003-04-29

Perilous pillow talk
In Canada, news surfaced this week that a senior CSIS agent, Theresa Sullivan, was fired last year after falling in love with a source and carrying on a relationship for nearly two years.
HTML | Published: 2003-04-26 | Added: 2003-04-29

Un autochtone espionnait pour la police et le SCRS
Le service de renseignement du gouvernement et la Police provinciale de l'Ontario étaient constamment informés que les autochtones qui occupaient le parc provincial d'Ipperwash n'étaient pas armés, a révélé un homme qui affairme que les deux services  [...]
JPG | Published: 1999-06-14 | Added: 2003-03-09

Les services de renseignement et les attentats de septembre 2001
Nous allons dans ce bref exposé nous limiter à répondre aux trois questions qu’on nous a soumises, à savoir (i) ce qui a changé à la suite des attentats; (ii) quelles leçons tirer de la crise et (iii) quelles sont les perspectives d’avenir.
PDF | Published: 2002-09-11 | Added: 2003-02-27

CSIS links Ottawa man to al-Qaeda
He presented himself as a struggling new Canadian who worked as a gas-station attendant and delivered pizzas, but according to a classified federal intelligence file, Mohamed Harkat of Ottawa lived out a secret existence as an al-Qaeda operative with  [...]
HTML | Published: 2002-12-17 | Added: 2002-12-17

Enquête sur le SCRS et Postes Canada
Le Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée mène actuellement une enquête relativement à des activités d'espionnage qu'auraient menées le Service canadien du renseignement et Postes Canada.
HTML | Published: 2002-12-17 | Added: 2002-12-17

Supreme Court backs CSIS
Canada's spy agency may continue to impose a total blackout of information in its files about citizens based on national security concerns, the Supreme Court of Canada said yesterday. A 9-0 majority said that virtually any disclosure of such information  [...]
HTML | Published: 2002-11-21 | Added: 2002-11-22

Hezbollah uses Canada as base: CSIS
The terrorist group Hezbollah has been using Canada as an offshore base for raising money and purchasing supplies needed to carry out and videotape attacks against Israel. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service documents detail how Hezbollah has  [...]
HTML | Published: 2002-10-31 | Added: 2002-11-03

Economic Espionage
The era when traditional security relations overshadowed economic concerns has passed. Accelerating economic interdependence and international competition have emerged as major sources of tension and potential conflict among world powers. In this  [...]
LINK | Published: 1993-05-01 | Added: 2002-10-17

Economic Espionage (II)
Despite the high profile that the topic of economic espionage has enjoyed over the past few years, little progress appears to have been made in the actual analysis of the issue. Most treatments of the subject run through the same questions and arguments  [...]
LINK | Published: 1994-07-01 | Added: 2002-10-17

Economic Espionage: Clandestine Methods Used to Disadvantage Canadian Interests
Economic espionage is damaging Canadian interests at home and abroad. This damage takes the form of lost contracts, jobs and markets, and overall, a diminished competitive advantage.
LINK | Published: 1999-06-01 | Added: 2002-07-22

Budget 2001: Enhancing Security for Canadians
Budget 2001 builds on the Government’s long-term plan for a stronger economy and a more secure society, but it also responds to immediate economic and security concerns.
LINK | Published: 2001-12-10 | Added: 2002-07-18

Economic/Commercial Interests and Intelligence Services
The end of the Cold War accelerated the transformation of low politics into high politics: mercantile concerns, once subservient to ideological conflict, are today, from Tienanmen to Toronto, the primary motivators in foreign policy.
LINK | Published: 1995-07-01 | Added: 2002-07-17

Requests for classified information
Request for classified information related to the possible creation of a Canadian foreign intelligence service.
PDF | Published: 2002-07-17 | Added: 2002-07-17

CSIS Public Reports: Excerpts
Excerpts from CSIS annual public reports related to foreign intelligence.
PDF | Published: 2002-07-16 | Added: 2002-07-16

Canadian Security and Military Preparedness
The objective of the Committee over the past seven months has been to make its members familiar with the issues and government officials associated with national security and defence, as well as with the opinions of a range of academic and  [...]
LINK | Published: 2002-02-01 | Added: 2002-07-01

CSIS Budget and Staff Increased says Federal Solicitor General Lawrence Macaulay
Federal Solicitor General Lawrence MacAulay today confirmed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) will staff an additional 283 positions over the next five years and its budget has been increased by 30 per cent.
LINK | Published: 2002-06-12 | Added: 2002-07-01

Talking Points for W.P.D. Elcock at the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies
I was invited this morning to chair a discussion on threat assessments and requirements, and I do not intend to stray far from my assignment. I don’t want to miss this opportunity to try to clarify the role of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service  [...]
LINK | Published: 2002-06-12 | Added: 2002-06-30

Info Source: Canadian Security Intelligence Service
General Information (Background, Responsibilities, Legislation, Organization) and Information Holdings (Program Records, Personal Information Banks, Classes of Personal Information, Manuals).
LINK | Published: 2002-06-26 | Added: 2002-06-26

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service
In July 1984, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act was proclaimed in force. It brought into existence a new civilian security intelligence service, and terminated the previous Security Service, which had functioned as part of the RCMP.
LINK | Published: 2000-01-24 | Added: 2002-05-27

No need for overseas spy service, Manley says
Canada suspended the idea of creating its own foreign intelligence agency yesterday, saying it would rely instead on existing security links to gather information and might even ask business executives to pass on tips gleaned from abroad.
TEXT | Published: 2002-04-11 | Added: 2002-05-12

Boost Canada's Spies, Academic Urges
Canada is not up to battling international terrorism on its soil due to a lack of manpower, funding and expertise within security agencies, some experts said day. "The problem is that the RCMP and CSIS don't have the manpower and they don't have the  [...]
PDF | Published: 2001-11-30 | Added: 2002-05-11

Il y aurait 350 terroristes au Canada
Même après le terrible attentat du World Trade Center, dont on ne finit plus de compter les morts, les corps policiers canadiens et québécois ne semblent toujours pas prendre au sérieux un rapport du Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité (SCRS),  [...]
PDF | Published: 2001-09-14 | Added: 2002-04-30

Profession: agent de renseignements
Un espion en smoking, le poing serré sur son revolver à silencieux, les yeux louchant vers le décolleté de la secrétaire. C'est de la fiction. C'est aussi l'image romantique et inexacte que le Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité essaie  [...]
TEXT | Published: 2002-01-04 | Added: 2002-04-30

Canada Freezes Idea of Foreign Intelligence Agency
Canada suspended the idea of creating its own foreign intelligence agency, saying it would rely instead on existing security links to gather information and might even ask business executives to pass on tips gleaned from abroad.
PDF | Published: 2002-04-10 | Added: 2002-04-29

CSIS does have spies abroad
Canadian Alliance MPs were surprised to hear that Canada does in fact have foreign intelligence-gathering operations abroad after two top-level officials testified before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
LINK | Published: 2001-10-18 | Added: 2002-04-29

CSIS Allowed to Run Operations on Campus
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) was recently granted by the Canadian government the authority to recruit and direct undercover sources on the campuses of Canada’s colleges, according to declassified documents.
TEXT | Published: 2002-02-16 | Added: 2002-02-16

The Role of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in Immigration Security Screening
The main objective of this study is to present and understand the role of the CSIS in the Canadian immigration process. This objective will be reached through the analysis of the mandate given to the CSIS by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration  [...]
PDF | Published: 1999-12-17 | Added: 1999-12-17

CSIS muddled the facts on alleged terrorist, hearing told
The CSIS case, filed in a 30-page summary before the court, alleges that Mr. Jaballah is an Islamic fundamentalist who has links to the Egyptian Al Jihad ("Fighters of the Holy War") and to the World Islamic Front, a terrorist organization run by exiled  [...]
JPG | Published: 1999-08-25 | Added: 1999-08-25

L'évolution du renseignement de sécurité au Canada
La présente recherche ne se veut pas une enquête exhaustive sur les actions des services de renseignement canadiens ni une critique sur leurs agissements. Il s'agit essentiellement d'une recherche historique ayant pour but de relever les principales  [...]
PDF | Published: 1999-04-12 | Added: 1999-04-12

Critères recherchés par le SCRS et tâches requises
Les agents de renseignement sont appelés à effectuer des recherches et des enquêtes et à analyser des informations. Les agents de renseignement doivent rédiger des rapports clairs et concis sur des sujets qui touchent la sécurité nationale.
PDF | Published: 1999-02-10 | Added: 1999-02-10

CSIS and the Security Intelligence Cycle
One of the primary values of intelligence-gathering is the timely delivery of perishable information to policy-makers in government. The five phases of the process that produces these results is known as the security intelligence cycle and they are  [...]
LINK | Published: 1999-01-29 | Added: 1999-01-29