Attention Assignment Editors:

/R E P E A T/ - Media Advisory for the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies

    OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association for Security and
Intelligence Studies is holding its 2004 international conference October 14-
16 in Ottawa at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The conference theme is "Peace, Order
and Public Safety: Are we Getting it Right?" Presenters have been asked to
speak about Canada's domestic security policy and to explore whether Canada
should have a foreign human intelligence collection service and what special
difficulties exist for analysts attempting to understand the post-9/11 threat
and risk environment. Discussion will likely also focus on the anti-terrorism
legislation adopted by the Canadian parliament in response to the 9/11 attacks
on New York and Washington
    Besides exploring whether the Government of Canada is putting the right
policies and mechanisms in place to deal with the aftermath of 9/11,
participants have been asked to debate whether the U.S. government is getting
its "War on Terrorism"right. At least two panels will discuss the role of the
news and information media in helping Canadians to understand the implications
of the new post-millennial security environment

    Further details on the agenda are available on the CASIS website at

    CASIS is a non-partisan, voluntary association established in 1985. Its
main purpose is to provide informed debate in Canada on security and
intelligence issues. Membership is open and currently includes academics,
concerned citizens, government officials, journalists, lawyers and students,
as well as current and former intelligence officers. The organization was an
outgrowth of the research and public discussion that went on around the
Macdonald Commission of Inquiry into the activities of the former security
service of the RCMP during the early 1980s.
    CASIS' 20-year history has seen the organization evolve into an unique
international forum: membership is open; in addition to the traditional
participation of academics and public servants, CASIS now brings together
journalists, students, lawyers, business people, and intelligence
professionals who seem to view Canada as a neutral venue where they can
exchange views, if not secrets.

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