Mark Collins – “Canada’s Security & Intelligence Community after 9/11: Key Challenges and Conundrums”

A paper very much worth the read by Prof. Craig Forcese of the University of Ottawa–it includes an interesting discussion of CSIS’ legislatively clarified and expanded mandate to operate abroad, highlights the ongoing problems of CSIS/RCMP cooperation and the struggles faced by our current “stove-piped” review agencies, and deals with questions raised by CSE’s growing counter-terrorsim capabilities. One aspect of Canadian intelligence it does not treat is the expanded role of the Canadian Forces.

Very relevant:

Shock! Horror! The Threat from CSIS Operating Abroad

Not Much Noticed: Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (plus HUMINT)

Canadian Intelligence Agencies Busted by Watchdogs
[Prof. Forcese feature is several of the “Comments”]

British Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Review Committee Shows Some Teeth (cf. Canada)

Under His Thumb? Proposed Canadian Parliamentary Security/Intel Review Committee
[note Canadian Forces]

The Scope of Canadian Forces’ Intelligence Activities (including HUMINT)

UK Security Services’ Successful Bulk Data Collection; Need More Powers (Canada?)

Lots to chew on.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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