In the News: National Security

March 15, 2019

Want to learn about national security issues and Canada’s national security agencies but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a list of recent articles compiled by a TalkRights volunteer to get you started.

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Canadian News

“CSIS Director Warns of State-Sponsored Espionage Threat to 5G Networks”, Robert Fife, Steven Chase, Colin Freeze, December 4th, 2018, the Globe and Mail https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canadas-spy-chief-warns-about-state-sponsored-espionage-through/

“Some of CSIS’s practices still fall outside the law: spy watchdog” Catharine Tunney, June 20th, 2018, CBC News https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/csis-report-sirc-information-sharing-1.4714161

“CSIS gathered info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: Watchdog” Jim Bronskill, December 19th, 2018, CBC News https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/csis-environmental-groups-sirc-1.4952030

“After 17-year deportation fight over alleged terrorism ties, Toronto man sues federal government for $34m” Brian Platt, January 4th, 2019, National Post https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/after-17-year-deportation-fight-over-alleged-terrorism-ties-toronto-man-sues-federal-government-for-34m

“Conservatives Call on Trudeau to Reach out to China’s President Over Detained Canadians” Robert Fife, Steven Chase, January 8th, 2019, The Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-official-opposition-calls-on-trudeau-to-reach-out-to-chinas-president/

“Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s “extraordinarily permissive” new spying laws” Monique Scotti, February 6th 2018, Global News https://globalnews.ca/news/3999947/cse-c59-new-spy-powers-canada/

“Spy agency expects foreign actors to attempt to sway public opinion online” Rachel Aiello, December 6th 2018, CTV News, https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/spy-agency-expects-foreign-actors-to-attempt-to-sway-public-opinion-online-1.4207164

“The Trudeau Government peels back bill C-51 – mostly” Justin Ling, June 20th, 2017, Vice News, https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/wjzk94/the-trudeau-government-peels-back-bill-c-51-mostly

“Man who hijacked plane with detergent box to protest human rights abuses in Myanmar fights to stay in Canada” Adrian Humphreys, January 7th, 2019, National Post https://nationalpost.com/news/our-intentions-were-noble-the-means-were-wrong-man-who-hijacked-plane-with-detergent-box-to-protest-human-rights-abuses-in-myanmar-fights-to-stay-in-canada

“Man formerly detained in China recalls appalling experience” Andy Blatchford, January 7th 2019, The Star, https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/01/07/arrested-canadian-says-legal-trouble-followed-him-home.html

“Canadian Spy Manual Reveals How New Recruits are supposed to conceal their identities” Dave Chan, December 22nd, 2013, the Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/csec-sends-strong-message-of-privacy-to-new-recruits/article16087626/

“Just 3% of Canadians Can Name The Communications Security Establishment: Survey” Sean Kilpatrick, November 8th, 2018, the Canadian Press, https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/11/08/just-3-of-canadians-can-name-the-communications-security-establishment-survey_a_23270492/

“RCMP admits to using secretive spy tech to track Canadians’ cellphone data” The Canadian Press with files from Rahul Kalvapalle, April 5th, 2017, Global News, https://globalnews.ca/news/3359741/rcmp-spying-on-cellphones/

“RCMP officer asks Trudeau to look into secret spying allegation” Stephen Maher, May 15 2018, Maclean’s, https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/rcmp-officer-asks-trudeau-to-look-into-secret-spying-allegations/

“CSIS chief calls commercial espionage “the greatest threat to our prosperity”” Catharine Tunney, December 4th, 2018, CBC News, https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/david-vigneault-csis-economy-1.4932407

“Secret documents say Canada’s no-fly list poses “national security risk”, but a fix is still years away” Brian Hill, November 29th, 2018, Global News, https://globalnews.ca/news/4711155/canada-no-fly-list-national-security/

Up to 100,000 Canadians could be affected by no-fly list, research suggests” Robert Fife, December 11th, 2017, the Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/up-to-100000-canadians-could-wrongly-be-on-no-fly-list-research-suggests/article37299604/

“How can Canada condone torture?” Gerald Caplain, November 24th, 2016, the Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/how-can-canada-condone-torture/article33018131/

“Canada will use intelligence gained through torture if it will save lives” Bruce Campion-Smith, September 25th, 2017, the Star, https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/09/25/canada-will-use-intelligence-gained-through-torture-if-it-will-save-lives.html

“The difficulty of due process in the age of counterterrorism” Colin Freeze and Shar Fatima, May 22nd, 2015, the Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-difficulty-of-due-process-in-the-age-of-counterterrorism/article24579232/

Opinion Pieces

“Linking Immigration and Terrorism is Wrong, in Canada and elsewhere” Phil Gurski, November 12th 2018, the Ottawa Citizen, https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/gurski-linking-immigration-and-terrorism-is-wrong-in-canada-and-elsewhere

“Canada betrays its own citizens. Hassan Diab’s case if among its most egregious” Neil MacDonald, September 15th 2018, CBC News, https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/hassan-diab-1.4823570

“Why is Canada sanctioning Saudis while ignoring Iran?” Danny Eisen and Sheryl Saperia, December 11th 2018, the National Post, https://nationalpost.com/opinion/why-is-canada-sanctioning-saudis-while-ignoring-iran

“We are all Jamal Khashoggi” Julian Sher, December 7th 2018, the Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-we-are-all-jamal-khashoggi/

“CSIS, RCMP need more access to foil serious acts of violence” Phil Gurski, December 17th, 2018, The Hill Times, https://www.hilltimes.com/2018/12/17/high-techencryption-terrorism/181152

“Why we had to settle with Omar Khadr” Steven MacKinnon, July 26th, 2017, MacLean’s, https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/why-we-had-to-settle-with-omar-khadr/

“We need real, honest debate on Bill c-59” Kent Roach, Stephanie Carvin and Craig Forcese, December 4th, 2017, the Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/we-need-real-honest-debate-on-bill-c-59/article37175837/

International News

“Lip Service Paid to Human Rights During UN Counterterrorism Week” Letta Tayler, July 9, 2018, Human Rights Watch, https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/07/09/lip-service-paid-human-rights-during-un-counterterrorism-week

“Counter-Terrorism Methods Must Not Compromise Rule of Law, Human Rights, Secretary-General Stresses as, High-Level Conference Concludes” Secretary-General Press Release, June 29, 2018, the United Nations, https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/sgsm19120.doc.htm

“Edward Snowden: “The People are Still Powerless, but now They’re Aware” Ewen MacAskill and Alex Hern, June 4th 2018, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/04/edward-snowden-people-still-powerless-but-aware

“Where America’s Terrorists Actually Come From” Uri Friedman, January 30th 2017, The Atlantic, https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/01/trump-immigration-ban-terrorism/514361/