The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says he wants to "make it clear" the spy service was "not knowingly exceeding the scope" of its legal authority when it kept potentially revealing electronic data about people who posed no security threat over a 10-year period.
On Thursday, a Federal Court judge said the spy service was acting illegally and breached its duty to inform the court of its data-collection program, since the information was gathered using judicial warrants.
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CSIS director Michel Coulombe took the unusual step of issuing an additional statement on Sunday to defend the program, saying the spy service had been collecting the data using legal warrants and retaining it based on its interpretation of the law, but that it accepted the decision of the court.
Coulombe also says that the agency briefed former public safety ministers Stockwell Day and Vic Toews about the program, and shared information with the Security Intelligence Review Committee and other government stakeholders.
But Coulombe also says those briefings might not have dealt specifically with retaining the subset of associated data that is the subject of the ruling by the court.
Coulombe said last Friday that the spy service had halted all access to, and analysis of, the data in question while it reviews the court decision.
Let's be frank. CSIS does no good for Canada. We don't need a tax-payer funded spy agency going around collecting data on Canadians and then potentially blackmailing them or providing the information to foreign spy agencies...we don't need an agency that is somehow involved in the destruction of evidence regarding the take-down of a passenger jet with the murder of hundreds; we don't need a foreign, ziofascist mole in Canada luring vulnerable souls into False Flag terror plots and costing the federal government millions in legal fees and settlements to the victims. We don't need an agency that renditions Canadians to foreign lands for torture, based on absolutely no evidence. We don't need an agency to go down to Guantanamo and interview and help to maintain the incarceration of Canadians on false charges.
CSIS has been nothing but trouble, an embarrassment, a war crimes facilitator...and a big expense to Canada. It's time to dismantle it and cast it to the four winds...like President John F. Kennedy wanted to do to the CIA...shortly before his untimely death.
Well, that's about it for this RANT...time to go out and put my garden to bed for the winter. Bye...until my next CawRANT Events.