Canadian Government Does Not Want Oversight on its Foreign-Focused Spy Agency


Fri, Oct 31st, 2014 14:25 by capnasty NEWS

Possibly in fear that boosting counterterrorism powers for Canada's foreign-focused spy agency may end up doing to Canada what the Patriot Act did to the United States, Liberal MP Joyce Murray tabled Bill C-622, "known as the CSEC Accountability and Transparency Act." The government responded by calling the bill unnecessary and that it would not support it.

His department, along with that of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, continue to review what new powers should be added beyond Bill C-44. The government has been said to be considering whether to give police new powers for “preventative arrests,” whether to reduce the threshold of how much evidence is needed to limit or monitor a suspect, and whether to criminalize online statements that support terror groups. Asked Thursday whether preventative arrest – without a charge – is still on the table, Mr. MacKay said only “we have elements of that now.”



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