Friday, February 6, 2015

Anti-Terrorism Bill "more about Politics than Public Safety," says Civil Liberties Lawyer
"Anti-terrorism legislation Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled last week gives the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service sweeping new powers that would allow the spy agency to use any undefined measure—other than the use of lethal force, perversion of justice or 'violating the sexual integrity' of an individual—in a new role empowering it to disrupt national security threats, but one of Canada’s most prominent civil liberties and human rights lawyers says it's 'more about politics than public safety.'

The three limitations, along with the stipulation a judge’s warrant would be required before CSIS agents could take measures that would violate Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, are the only defined limits to CSIS operations under new provisions that expand its role from surveillance, security investigations and counter-espionage to a mandate to 'disrupt' suspected terror plots in the planning stages, lawyer Paul Champ told The Hill Times."

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