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CSIS used information collected via illegal activities. Why is this a surprise?

Former CSIS Analyst Phil Gurski discusses why CSIS was taken to task by the Federal court in Canada for using information collected via illegal activities.

CSIS has been taken to task by the Federal court in Canada for displaying ‘a cavalier institutional approach’ to the rule of law’. What it did was to use human sources who posed as supportive of terrorism in counter terrorism investigations. Why is this a surprise to anyone?

In this podcast, Borealis weighs in on this issue.

A federal judge has called for a comprehensive review after ruling Canada’s spy service failed to disclose its reliance on information that was likely collected illegally in support of warrants to probe extremism. In his ruling released Thursday, Federal Court Justice Patrick Gleeson found the Canadian Security Intelligence Service breached its duty of candour to the court, part of a troubling pattern dating back years.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

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