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Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Information Series - Part 1

Written by: "Anti-Racist" Agitator, Spy and  Informant Matt Lauder

I thought it would be interesting to do a number of brief reports on CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), and the Canadian intelligence community in general, since there have been a number of occasions that the organisation has acted in a manner that is extremely intrusiveness and questionable in light of the fact that we live in a society that prides itself on freedom and democracy.

Please note that I am not in expert in this area, and that most of my information has come public articles, books, CSIS reports from their web-site, and that (so-called objective, but we know it was a cover-up) SIRC report on the "Heritage Front Affair" supplied via the Freedomsite.

I think the best way we can guard our privacy, and secure our rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the Charter, is to educate ourselves on issues related to police activity intelligence activity.

Here goes…

CSIS is not the only organization in Canada charged with the responsibility of the collection and analysis of information related to national security in Canada. For instance, there are a number of secondary groups (and by secondary I mean groups that do not receive public attention or have the public profile of CSIS) including Bureau of Economic Intelligence in External Affairs, Communications Security Establishment (CSE) which is run under the hospices of the Department of National Defence (DND) and focuses of high tech information couriers, Police and Security branch of the Solicitor General and RCMP (which mostly does enforcement), Special Investigations Unit of the DND, Security and Communication Support Office of the Department of Communications, Security Branch of the Department of Supply and Services, the Enforcement Branch of Immigration Canada, and the Privy Council which reports security issues directly to the PM and other Cabinet Ministers. There are others as well.

As for CSIS, they came into being in May 1983, after the Liberal government introduced Bill C-157 authorising the establishment of a non-enforcement oriented domestic intelligence service. This bill was developed for a number of reasons, most notably due to the conflict of interest between enforcement and intelligence duties of the RCMP and the desire to develop a civilian intelligence service.

Amendments were made to the act and it was renamed BILL C-9. It became law in June, 1984. CSIS, unlike its RCMP predecessor, does not have law enforcement powers. Matters of arrest and seizure fall onto other forces in which CSIS must co-operate with.

In theory, CSIS is to operate entirely on issues related to national security on a domestic level. In other words, CSIS is not supposed to 'go abroad' and engage in surveillance or counter-espionage, but it to work within the boundaries of Canada. If intelligence gathering is to be done overseas, it is supposed to be performed through the co-operation with other services with regards to a country of interest (i.e. CSIS is to work in co-operation with MI5 if there is a concern of terrorism coming from the UK).

However, there are cases in which CSIS has functioned outside of their domain. For example, CSIS representatives travelled to Switzerland and New York City to recruit a middle-level Soviet Trade Representative named Anatoly Maximov. Of course, the official line is that CSIS will not engage in covert operations abroad that seek to influence or alter the politics of another nation. Sounds like espionage/counter-espionage to me!

Within Canada, CSIS often conducts espionage (i.e. pro-active intelligence gathering) in order to obtain economic of national security intelligence through measures such as wire-tapes, electronic surveillance, and other intrusive measures such as opening mail. Targets often include foreign diplomats, trade officials, foreign businessmen, and even tourists and visitors. Remember when Haider came to visit Canada, CSIS new exactly when and where he was going.

Other CSIS responsibilities include counter-subversion (i.e. counter-terrorism) and counter-intelligence. Obviously, so-called far-right political and lobby groups are considered to be a subversive threat, so we (most likely) would be identified under this group. Counter-intelligence is concerned with limiting the release of sensitive information regarding economic, social, and intelligence matters - so, here, I would be considered a threat.

A wide-range of individuals and groups in Canada have been targeted by CSIS and subject to a varying degree to surveillance, including: the National Farmers' Union, National Democratic Party, Canadian Association of University Teachers, University Clubs and Associations, the Parti Quebecois, various Native Canadian associations, and other political parties such as the Reform Party.

There are a number of methods to collect information on people and groups such as open sources (newsletters, brochures, and newspaper articles), informants (i.e. Grant Bristow), personal surveillance (including photographing of individuals at public meetings), copying of vehicle license plate numbers, and opening of mail.

Both the RCMP and CSIS have a history of engaging in intrusive measures against non-violent political groups in order to collect information. Quite often, CSIS attempts to identify certain trends in a group in order to justify surveillance on a target.

I discuss CSIS, their methods, and effective counter measures in the near future.

Matt Lauder:
CSIS Information Series
Matt Lauder is the director of the "anti-racism" program at the Guelph and District Multicultural Centre.  He posed as a person against anti-white government policies in an attempt to spy on and misdirect Racialist and Nationalist groups in Canada.  He failed.  

Matt Lauder suggested that Nationalist groups in Canada "become more radical".  We on the Freedom-Site have always known Matt was not to be trusted,  and we posted his articles to show his "anti-racist" buddies just what he was up to.

The Strange Case of Matt Lauder by Marc Lemire 

 

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