Jefferson Morley | November 8, 2018
Canada: Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
The CSIS investigates terrorism, foreign espionage, and hate groups. It also conducts background investigations of public officials, as well as security checks for those emigrating to Canada.
CSIS replaced the security service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP). However, CSIS employees are not police officers. CSIS does not conduct regular intelligence operations but rather, shares intelligence with allied services abroad.
The RMCP was implicated in the torture of Maher Arar, a Canadian engineer who was subject to CIA rendition in 2002. He was taken to a prison in Syria and tortured. A Canadian government inquiry found that the RCMP, in its communication with the U.S. officials, falsely characterized both Arar and his wife, as “Islamic extremist individuals suspected of being linked to the Al Qaeda terrorist movement.” In 2007, Arar received a $10-million settlement and an official apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
CSIS budget in 2017-18 was $577 million.
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