Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is Canada's national police service, and is one of Canada's foremost national symbols. Founded in 1873 as the North-West Mounted Police to bring law and order to Canada's western territories, it now enforces federal laws and provides contract policing to most provinces, the three Northern territories, many municipalities, and First Nations communities. The RCMP participates in peacekeeping efforts and supplies world-leading expertise in such areas as forensics and criminal intelligence to Canadian and international police.

During the First and Second World Wars, the RCMP was responsible for the protection of national security. RCMP security operations evolved in the years that followed and this evolution eventually led to the creation of a separate agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, in 1984.

Today, under the Security Offences Act, the RCMP has primary investigative responsibility for offences related to terrorism and espionage as well as for offences against internationally protected persons, such as foreign ambassadors accredited to Canada. The RCMP also provides physical protection for the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and such international visitors as foreign heads of state. Intelligence is key to the entire range of RCMP investigations, including those involving organized crime, high-technology crime and illegal migration. The RCMP's Criminal Intelligence Directorate collects and analyzes intelligence to support criminal investigations.

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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

Canadian 'plot' sparked high alert
The storybook inauguration of Barack Obama played out with Washington on high alert for a major terror plot from Canada. The RCMP confirmed its National Security Criminal Investigations unit worked closely with U.S. counterparts to investigate.
HTML | Published: 2010-01-05 | 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

The thin line of oversight
What was illegal in the 1960s and 1970s might be legal today. Under a law passed not long after Sept. 11, 2001, designated officers have the right to break the law in limited circumstances, for law-enforcement purposes.
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

Back in the saddle?
At the heart of the RCMP reforms is the effort to create a new powerhouse at headquarters in Ottawa – the National Security Criminal Investigations directorate.
HTML | Published: 2009-02-06 | Added: 2009-02-22

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

RCMP has 843 active national security investigations
A surge in counter-terrorism investigations is stretching RCMP resources to the limit. The Mounties have 848 active national security investigations underway - a 780 per-cent increase since 9/11.
HTML | Published: 2008-05-07 | Added: 2008-05-17

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

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

FBI wants instant access to British identity data
Allies in the "war against terror" - the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - have formed a working group, the International Information Consortium, to plan their strategy.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-15 | 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

U.S. wants U.K. to help set up int'l biometric security database
Sgt. Sylvie Tremblay, an RCMP spokeswoman, confirmed that Canada's national police force is working with the FBI on the proposal through the International Information Consortium.
HTML | Published: 2008-01-15 | Added: 2008-01-27

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

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

Lévesque tracked by RCMP spies
RCMP spies eyed René Lévesque from his days as a globetrotting broadcaster in the1940s through his turbulent career as a pillar of the sovereignty movement and his ascension to Quebec premier in the 1970s.
HTML | Published: 2007-11-07 | Added: 2007-11-09

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

In intelligence work, foreign spies are kept under cover
The RCMP admitted for the first time that it worked with the CIA during the Maher Arar affair.
HTML | Published: 2007-08-10 | Added: 2007-08-14

Mountie spies monitored John Lennon's peace festival plans: new documents
Spies from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police kept close watch on Beatle John Lennon's ill -starred plans for a massive peace festival near Toronto, newly declassified records show.
HTML | Published: 2007-07-22 | Added: 2007-08-02

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

RCMP tightens intelligence standard
The RCMP is assuring Parliament that it has officially entered a post-Arar world. Senators asked a top Mountie whether dubious intelligence from Canada could ever again be used by the United States to deport a suspect to a third country to face  [...]
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Démission du chef de la police fédérale canadienne suite à l'affaire Arar
Le chef de la police fédérale canadienne Giuliano Zaccardelli a été contraint à démissionner mercredi à cause de son rôle dans l'affaire d'un Canadien expulsé en Syrie par les Etats-Unis après avoir été suspecté à tort de liens avec le terrorisme.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-06 | Added: 2006-12-10

Mending the Mounties
Thirty years after the McDonald Commission, the RCMP finds itself at another crossroads. O'Connor points to a need for a more coherent connection between Canadian agencies when dealing with terrorism investigations.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-08 | Added: 2006-12-10

Mounties' top cop resigns
Zaccardelli testified he knew the RCMP was trying to correct the record with their US counterparts while Arar was being detained in Syria. But at a speech on Monday and at his second appearance at the committee Tuesday, he told a different version.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-06 | Added: 2006-12-10

RCMP head faces MPs' grilling over Arar affair
RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli, already under fire for the force's handling of the Maher Arar affair, will have more explaining to do when he faces yet another grilling by MPs.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-03 | 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

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

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

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

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

Arar demands apology, wants disciplinary action
Maher Arar said he wants to see disciplinary steps taken against the RCMP agents who played a role in his deportation to a Syrian torture chamber.
HTML | Published: 2006-10-05 | Added: 2006-10-05

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

Arar inquiry blasts RCMP for triggering deportation, torture
False information given to American authorities by an inexperienced RCMP anti-terrorism team, which tagged Maher Arar as an Islamic extremist, very likely set off a chain of events that led to his deportation and torture in Syria.
HTML | Published: 2006-09-18 | Added: 2006-10-02

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

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

RCMP faulted; Arar cleared
In the first of two reports, O'Connor loads the RCMP with almost all blame for Arar's misery. It wrongly identified him as an Islamic extremist, fingered him to the U.S., and then slowed Foreign Affairs efforts to rescue him from a filthy Syrian  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-09-19 | 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

Organized crime reach extending into remote and rural Canada, report says
Nearly 800 organized crime groups now operate in the country, up from 600 several years ago, with a makeup as diverse as the country's cultural mosaic, RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli said.
HTML | Published: 2006-08-19 | Added: 2006-08-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seventeen Arrested on Anti-Terrorism Charges
On Friday, June 2, 2006, members of the RCMP and partners of the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested 17 individuals who took steps to acquire three tonnes of ammonium nitrate and other components necessary to create explosive  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-06-03 | Added: 2006-06-17

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

Canadian newspaper says Royal Canadian Mounted Police supplied ammonium nitrate in terror sting
The group acquired three tons of ammonium nitrate from undercover Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in a sting operation, the Toronto Star has reported. The fertilizer can be mixed with fuel oil or other ingredients to make a bomb.
HTML | Published: 2006-06-07 | 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

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

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

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

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

A Glimpse Inside the Spy Scandal That Rocked Ottawa
Drawing on interviews, Russian sources and newly released archival material, Amy Knight provides the most complete account to date of an event that shook western governments, provoked gross violations of civil liberties and helped spark the Cold  [...]
HTML | Published: 2006-04-23 | Added: 2006-04-25

Canadian Politicians Travel to Haiti on Eve of Elections
The United Nations MINUSTAH forces include at least 100 RCMP, of which at least five are devoted to intelligence gathering and surveillance.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-22 | Added: 2006-04-23

In book, Morin defends his role as informant
Claude Morin defends his honour and describes why he collaborated with Canadian secret service agents in the 1970s, attacking those he said "falsely" extrapolated from his encounters an attempt to sabotage the Parti Québécois.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-03 | Added: 2006-04-20

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

Police raid Montreal offices of Tamil group
The Tamil Tigers have been collecting money in Canada since the 1980s, primarily through front organizations, according to intelligence reports. Police and intelligence reports have referred to the World Tamil Movement as a "front organization."
HTML | Published: 2006-04-17 | 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

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

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

RCMP open to idea of police watchdog
RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli told the Maher Arar inquiry he is now
HTML | Published: 2005-11-18 | 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

Who is Abdullah Almalki?
Syrian-born Canadian Abdullah Almalki, of Ottawa, was at the centre of an RCMP national security investigation that cast suspicion on Maher Arar. Like Mr. Arar, Mr. Almalki was tortured in a Syrian jail. He believes Canadian officials were  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-10-30 | Added: 2005-11-01

Monitor says Mounties block oversight
The director of the complaints commission for Canada`s national police says the force has been using national security to avoid scrutiny.
HTML | Published: 2005-10-02 | Added: 2005-10-06

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

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

Ottawa aware of torture in Syria, probe told
Franco Pillarella opened the door for RCMP officers to meet with a Syrian intelligence officer, believed to be General Hassan Khalil, to help them in their investigation of Mr. El-Maati.
HTML | Published: 2005-07-30 | Added: 2005-07-31

RCMP shared intelligence with Syria, Arar inquiry told
RCMP Supt. Mike Cabana who headed up the investigation in the Ottawa area said Canadian officials were concerned Arar was being abused early in his captivity in Syria, but they exchanged intelligence anyway.
HTML | Published: 2005-06-30 | Added: 2005-07-02

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

Expert warns 'culture of secrecy' may block truth about Arar case
A government-sponsored "culture of secrecy" surrounding the Arar inquiry has become so pervasive that it may block the truth about Maher Arar's yearlong detention in Syria from ever becoming public.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-04 | Added: 2005-05-05

Human-smugglers prefer Canada, study finds
Almost 12 per cent of people who arrived in Canada without proper documents during a six-year period were directly linked to a smuggler or escort, a federal intelligence study reveals.
HTML | Published: 2005-05-01 | Added: 2005-05-03

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

Investigational Support Analyst
Providing operational support to the regular members of the Interpol operations unit; researching and analyzing information and intelligence from a multitude of information systems; receiving, evaluating and responding to requests for international  [...]
HTML | Published: 2005-04-07 | Added: 2005-04-07

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

Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Provide expert advice on complex issues, assess intelligence and provide strategic analysis focused on national, and international criminal activities for the entire Canadian criminal intelligence community.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-21 | Added: 2005-03-21

RCMP: Scrutiny could put them at risk
In a submission to the Maher Arar inquiry, the RCMP expresses serious reservations about the federal government's plan to more closely monitor security and intelligence activities of the force.
HTML | Published: 2005-03-02 | Added: 2005-03-04

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

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

Police track children of mobsters
A secret cross-Canada intelligence project concludes the offspring of some key mobsters are waiting in the wings, will add modern innovations to traditional criminal schemes and will be harder to arrest because of the lessons learned by their  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-12-16 | Added: 2004-12-17

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

Criminal influence could cost diamond trade millions: RCMP
The classified report details the findings of Project Shimmer, an effort by the RCMP's criminal intelligence directorate to assess the vulnerabilities of the diamond trade.
HTML | Published: 2004-12-15 | Added: 2004-12-15

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

Mounties left in dark by U.S. on deportation of Syrian-born Canadian
The Mounties provided information on Maher Arar to American authorities but were left in the dark when the U.S. deported the Canadian citizen to Syria.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-28 | Added: 2004-12-04

RCMP Criminal Intelligence Analyst
The position is responsible for: collecting, researching, evaluating and analyzing intelligence information to identify criminal trends and patterns and to develop analytical intelligence products; preparing reports identifying or illustrating criminal  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-11-28 | Added: 2004-11-28

Arar freed after appeal from Chrétien
Newly obtained documents shed light on how Maher Arar was freed from Syria only after direct communications between former prime minister Jean Chrétien and the President of Syria.
HTML | Published: 2004-11-10 | Added: 2004-11-11

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

Canada and the United States strengthen partnerships to tackle cross-border crime
Canada and U.S. law enforcement intelligence officers from Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBETs) will now be co-located at two locations in Canada and two locations in the United States to share intelligence on a daily basis.
HTML | Published: 2004-10-22 | Added: 2004-10-24

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

A gaffe waiting to happen
Less than a year after Ottawa responded to the attacks on New York and Washington with omnibus legislation, the RCMP improperly leaked information about a Canadian citizen to U.S. officials who shipped him to a country known to use torture to get  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-09-28 | Added: 2004-09-29

Canadian intelligence used by U.S. officials in Arar's deportation hearing
Information the RCMP passed to U.S. officials in sloppy fashion was used in a hearing that resulted in Ottawa engineer Maher Arar's deportation to Syria, where he was imprisoned for months as a terrorism suspect.
HTML | Published: 2004-09-25 | Added: 2004-09-27

RCMP admits rules broken in Arar case
A censored report, tabled during in-camera proceedings inquiry examining the case of Mr. Arar, acknowledges that the force broke its own rules by giving information to U.S. intelligence officials without always insisting on strict conditions for its  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-09-24 | Added: 2004-09-25

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

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

Asian-based crime threatens Canada: report
The 2004 annual report was published by the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC). It says Asian-based organized crime (AOC) has a presence all over Canada, and that groups are currently active in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and the Toronto  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-08-21 | Added: 2004-08-30

Organized crime growing in Canada: report
The 2004 annual report was produced by the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada and released in Vancouver by RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli and Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-20 | Added: 2004-08-30

RCMP Says Canada to Become Magnet for Smuggled People
Canada may become a significant destination for smuggled people because of a looming shortage of low-wage workers, the Vancouver Sun reported, citing an intelligence study by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
HTML | Published: 2004-08-23 | Added: 2004-08-30

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

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

Cdn. pot supply in U.S. overstated: RCMP report
According to an annual assessment of the drug situation conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Criminal Intelligence Directorate, only a small fraction of pot sold in America has crossed the border from Canada.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-20 | Added: 2004-07-22

Mounties cast wide security net
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Garry Loeppky testified how officers with the Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams are able to share information without approval from supervising authorities, but do so only after careful consideration.
TEXT | Published: 2004-07-01 | Added: 2004-07-22

RCMP broke own rule in passing Arar intelligence to U.S., says internal probe
The RCMP broke one of its own policies when passing some information to U.S. officials about Ottawa resident Maher Arar, an internal probe by the Mounties reveals.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-08 | 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

Ottawa pressed to make Arar files public
Leaks and media reports have established that RCMP officers were investigating the possibility of an al-Qaeda cell in Ottawa, that these Mounties became suspicious of Mr. Arar before the U.S. sent him to Syria.
HTML | Published: 2004-07-05 | Added: 2004-07-12

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 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

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

Global force to 'patrol' chatrooms
The Virtual Global Taskforce, which includes the NCS, the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Australian Federal Police, and Interpol, will nominate officers to monitor the net round the clock.
HTML | Published: 2004-06-10 | 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

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

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

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

Health Canada wins 4th annual Code of Silence Award
This year's other nominees included the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, for their efforts to stifle the use of confidential sources by journalists in Canada.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-09 | 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

Public Safety Act Receives Royal Assent
The Act is designed to improve Canada's capacity to prevent terrorist attacks, protect citizens and respond quickly should a threat be identified.
HTML | Published: 2004-05-06 | Added: 2004-05-08

$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 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

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

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

Government of Canada releases comprehensive National Security Policy
McLellan today tabled in Parliament Canada's first comprehensive statement on national security. Securing An Open Society: Canada's National Security Policy, sets out an integrated strategy and action plan designed to address current and future  [...]
LINK | Published: 2004-04-27 | Added: 2004-05-01

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

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

Ottawa plans $500m security fix
The Liberal government will spend $500-million on a new national security policy to close significant gaps in Canada's intelligence and security apparatus.
HTML | Published: 2004-04-22 | Added: 2004-04-26

Ottawa veut davantage de contrôle sur les enquêtes menées par la GRC
Dans le but d'avoir davantage de contrôle sur les enquêtes menées par la GRC en matière de sécurité, le gouvernement a ordonné aux policiers fédéraux de demander une autorisation ministérielle avant de collaborer avec un service d'espionnage  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-04-22 | Added: 2004-04-23

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

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

Ottawa Homes Raided by National Security Police Squad, CBC Says
A Canadian police squad charged with investigating threats to national security raided and searched two homes in Ottawa and arrested one man.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-30 | 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

Journalist admits she was RCMP informant
Journalist Stevie Cameron has admitted being the confidential informant whose identity was protected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the Eurocopter helicopter-procurement case.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-25 | Added: 2004-03-09

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

Canada's Mounties: Myth and Reality
R.C. Macleod traces the strange story of the force that began by policing the Klondlike gold rush and ended by spying on separatists and subversives.
HTML | Published: 2000-02-01 | Added: 2004-02-20

Abusing our welcome
Certainly not the RCMP, whose intelligence assessment last year effectively summarized the U.S. concerns, saying that "terrorists and organized crime groups may exploit flaws in migration controls to blend into and recruit from immigrant communities and  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-02-18 | Added: 2004-02-19

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

La Couronne révèle l'existence d'un autre document
Les avocats de la journaliste du Ottawa Citizen chez qui la GRC a effectué des saisies relativement à l'affaire Arar ont été consternés d'apprendre lundi l'existence d'un document crucial dont on ne leur avait pas parlé.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-16 | Added: 2004-02-16

Spies need more scrutiny, auditor says
The government must fill gaps in the patchwork of watchdog agencies keeping an eye on Canada's spies, the auditor general says. There should be more consistency in the extent of independent review of the intrusive powers of federal intelligence  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-02-10 | Added: 2004-02-12

Arar inquiry a problem for government
A few days after announcing that Justice Dennis O'Connor will probe how and why U.S. authorities detained and then deported a Canadian to Syria, the federal government announced terms of reference that suggest the answers the inquiry makes public will  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-02-07 | 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

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

Deputy Prime Minister Issues Terms of Reference for the Public Inquiry into the Maher Arar Matter
The Honourable Anne McLellan today announced that the Government of Canada has issued Terms of Reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar.
LINK | Published: 2004-02-05 | Added: 2004-02-06

Directory of the Criminal Intelligence Directorate
Government electronic directory of the staff at the Criminal Intelligence Directorate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
LINK | Published: 2001-01-01 | Added: 2004-02-06

RCMP to face scrutiny at Arar probe
Justice Dennis O'Connor has been given a clear mandate to design a new independent watchdog agency for RCMP spying activities as part of his inquiry into the Maher Arar affair.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-06 | Added: 2004-02-06

O'Connor given wide discretion in Arar inquiry
The federal government is giving Justice Dennis O'Connor wide discretion in his public inquiry into the Maher Arar affair under terms of reference released today.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-05 | Added: 2004-02-05

Privacy watchdog seeks information from journalists in Arar probe
At least two journalists, including the Ottawa Citizen reporter whose home was searched by the RCMP, could soon face a grilling from the federal privacy watchdog about the Maher Arar affair.
HTML | Published: 2004-02-04 | Added: 2004-02-05

Canada freed top al-Qaeda operative
The RCMP had their hands on one of the key insiders of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network, but he was released after he had Mounties call his handler at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
HTML | Published: 2001-11-22 | Added: 2004-02-03

Crime gangs get free roam on Canada Indian reserves
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence study last year described the Akwesasne Mohawk territory straddling Quebec and Ontario along the upstate New York border as "a primary portal for illegal goods moving in and out of Canada, including  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-02-01 | Added: 2004-02-02

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

Suit alleges RCMP stonewalling probes
Canada's RCMP watchdog has launched a court action alleging the force's commissioner and its officers are breaking laws intended to make them accountable.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-30 | Added: 2004-01-31

Ottawa to Probe Agencies' Role in Arar Deportation
The government has ordered a public inquiry into the role of Canadian intelligence agents in the arrest and deportation of a man who was seized by U.S. authorities while he changed planes in New York City and sent to a Syrian prison.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-28 | Added: 2004-01-30

Deputy Prime Minister Announces Public Inquiry in the Maher Arar Matter
Anne McLellan announced that Mr. Justice Dennis R. O'Connor will undertake a public inquiry into the Maher Arar matter. Mr. Justice O'Connor will assess the actions of Canadian officials in dealing with the deportation and detention of Mr. Arar.
LINK | Published: 2004-01-28 | Added: 2004-01-28

RCMP watchdog wants expanded role of monitoring Mountie security operations
The watchdog that probes complaints about the RCMP says it - not a new agency - should be given the job of keeping an eye on the Mounties' security and intelligence activities.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-27 | Added: 2004-01-28

Mounties crossed line with reporter, Manley insists
The RCMP went too far when it searched the home and office of an Ottawa journalist looking for information about the Maher Arar case, says former deputy prime minister John Manley.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-26 | Added: 2004-01-27

Road to RCMP raid began in Guantanamo
The genesis of the RCMP raid on Ottawa Citizen reporter Juliet O'Neill lies in 9/11, of course, but more precisely in the panicked response of the American and Canadian governments.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-25 | Added: 2004-01-26

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

U.S. cited acquaintances in deporting Arar
The only stated reason the United States deported Maher Arar to Syria is that he admitted he knew two Ontario men who were also under RCMP investigation and later jailed as terrorism suspects in Syria.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-23 | Added: 2004-01-24

Canada Reporter's Home Raided Over Al Qaeda Story
Police raided the home and office of an Ottawa journalist on Wednesday to investigate possible leaks of classified information about a Syrian-born Canadian who was deported to Syria by the United States, suspected of ties to al Qaeda.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-21 | Added: 2004-01-23

Canada's dossier on Maher Arar
It is the existence of a now-disbanded alleged group, most if not all of whose members, are now in prison abroad, that a security source cites as the root of why the Canadian government is so fiercely opposed to a public inquiry into the case of Mr.  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-11-08 | Added: 2004-01-22

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

His Year In Hell
U.S. government officials we spoke to say they told Canadian intelligence that they were sending Arar to Syria - and the Canadians signed off on the decision.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-21 | Added: 2004-01-22

RCMP raids reporter's offices over Arar case
Searching for evidence in connection with an alleged leak of confidential information in the Arar case, the RCMP turned its attention to a veteran journalist in Ottawa on Wednesday. Ten Mounties searched Ottawa Citizen reporter Juliet O'Neill's  [...]
HTML | Published: 2004-01-22 | Added: 2004-01-22

Arar case began amid fear of attack on Ottawa
Canadian counterterrorism agents were investigating the possibility of an al-Qaeda plot to blow up targets in Ottawa when they began a probe that would lead to the detentions of Maher Arar and several other Canadian Muslims half a world away.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-16 | Added: 2004-01-16

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

Arar trained at al-Qaida camp: Canadian official
Canadian and U.S. intelligence officials are "100-per-cent sure" that a Syrian-born Canadian who was imprisoned for a year in Damascus trained at the same al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan as a former Montrealer convicted of planning a terrorist attack.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-30 | Added: 2004-01-11

Chrétien was kept in the dark about Arar
Former prime minister Jean Chrétien was kept in the dark about the RCMP's involvement in the case of Maher Arar even as Canada was loudly protesting against the U.S. decision to deport the Ottawa man to Syria, federal documents show.
HTML | Published: 2004-01-09 | Added: 2004-01-11

Experts say Arar inquiry is feasible
An inquiry into the Maher Arar case could be held without compromising Canadian security, according to experts on previous inquiries.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-26 | 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

Only a public inquiry can settle Arar affair
CSIS and RCMP involvement is under scrutiny by internal watchdogs, but they are under no obligation to make a public report. That's not good enough. The Arar case is now as public as the weather, and as hard to predict. An inquiry can't hurt.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-31 | Added: 2004-01-11

US says other countries must put marshals on some planes; Canada already does
Transport Canada spokesman Peter Coyles said certain Canadian flights to the United States, including all to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, have carried armed law-enforcement officers since October 2001, when air travel resumed following the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-12-29 | 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

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

New watchdog to oversee RCMP intelligence
The federal government is creating a new watchdog to oversee the RCMP's intelligence activities, a move that comes amid growing concern about the behind-the-scenes role the Mounties play in the fight against terrorism.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-12 | Added: 2003-12-13

Changes to Government
The Government of Canada must play a fundamental role in securing the public health and safety of Canadians, while ensuring that all Canadians continue to enjoy the benefits of an open society. The government will achieve these goals by making the  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-12-12 | Added: 2003-12-12

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

Canada could be next as terrorists target U.S. allies and assets says report
Attacks like the bombing of the British consulate in Istanbul on Thursday could take place in Canada as terrorists target coalition partners in the war on Iraq, an RCMP intelligence report suggests.
HTML | Published: 2003-11-20 | Added: 2003-11-23

The Arar Case: Canadian Hyprocrisy
The rush of politicians to embrace the cause of Maher Arar, the Canadian who was imprisoned and tortured in Syria, is a wondrous display of Canadian hypocrisy. According to U.S. sources, Arar's name was passed to American law enforcement agencies by the  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-11-19 | Added: 2003-11-19

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

Balkan crime groups pose new threat: RCMP
Underworld crime groups based in the war-ravaged Balkans are muscling into Canada, attracted by the huge profits to be made in the drug- and migrant-smuggling trades, says a classified RCMP report.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-29 | Added: 2003-10-30

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

U.S. consulted RCMP on Arar arrest
The federal government has acknowledged for the first time in heavily edited documents that the United States consulted the RCMP before Maher Arar was arrested and deported to Syria where he spent a year in jail without charges.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-18 | Added: 2003-10-20

Solicitor general refuses inquiry
Solicitor-General Wayne Easter has ruled out a public inquiry to determine how Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, was deported from the United States and jailed for 374 days in a Damascus prison without charges.
HTML | Published: 2003-10-07 | Added: 2003-10-08

Pakistani detainee ordered deported
A Pakistani man being investigated as a possible member of an al-Qaeda sleeper cell was ordered deported yesterday after admitting he obtained his Canadian student visa through misrepresentation.
HTML | Published: 2003-09-13 | Added: 2003-09-14

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Official site of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
LINK | Published: 1901-01-01 | Added: 2003-09-09

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

Claims of rogue spy unheeded for months
The Department of Foreign Affairs waited 21 months before informing the RCMP about allegations that one of its diplomats was running an unauthorized espionage operation to get sexually compromising information about a Saudi princess. The allegations  [...]
HTML | Published: 2003-05-05 | Added: 2003-07-15

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

Budget 2003: Canada in the World
New security concerns have demanded action to keep our borders secure, while facilitating the legitimate flow of goods, services and people. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Government introduced a $7.7-billion package of measures to ensure  [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-02-18 | Added: 2003-02-18

Terrorists will target Canada
A secret RCMP intelligence brief on terrorism warns Canada will suffer terrorist attacks in the wake of any military action by the United States.
HTML | Published: 2002-12-10 | Added: 2002-12-10

What History Teaches: The Case of David Lewis
This paper will explore the activities of the RCMP Security Service with regard to David Lewis, a prominent, non-communist, Canadian politician, who died in 1981.
PDF | Published: 2002-09-27 | Added: 2002-11-17

Intelligence and the Management of Risk
We need to be able to understand all of the threats in our environment, even those whose probability appears to be low, such as Chemical /Biological terrorism, but which would pose a tremendous risk to society if they were to materialise. This is what  [...]
PDF | Published: 2002-10-30 | Added: 2002-10-30

Canadian Security and Military Preparedness: The Government's Response
Through increased resources to equip and deploy more intelligence officers and investigative personnel, as well as improved coordination among law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies, we have taken the necessary steps to make our system even  [...]
PDF | Published: 2002-10-16 | Added: 2002-10-16

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

New Technologies, Intelligence Sharing and Integrated Law Enforcement to Improve Safety and Security of Canadians
The Government of Canada today announced new measures to strengthen Canada's ability to prevent, detect and respond to existing and emerging national security threats.
LINK | Published: 2001-10-12 | Added: 2002-07-18

Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams
The INSETs will allow the RCMP to work more closely with their national and international partners in the collection and sharing of vital intelligence at an earlier stage. These highly specialized teams will also work to ensure that all the information  [...]
HTML | Published: 2002-06-26 | Added: 2002-06-26

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

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